HungarianFest

On the bicentenary of the world premiere of the play which would serve as the basis of the first surviving Hungarian opera, the 50th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály’s death and the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of Béla Bartók’s The Wooden Prince, the Opera has announced a Hungarian-themed season. To crown this, over the course of a few weeks, between 10 May and 10 June, 2017, two centuries of Hungarian opera will be presented in a grand series that includes works by composers as early as József Ruzitska, as recent as Judit Varga and Levente Gyöngyösi, and all major Hungarian opera composers in between, as well as several indispensable choreographic works. The operatic events of HungarianFest, predominantly made up of fully-staged dramatic performances, along with a smaller number of concert performances and a few film screenings of opera performances, will be recorded: the CD series will be bound together with an essay written by András Batta, professor of musicology and former rector of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, and sent to public libraries and collections. This season will also be about remembering the Hungarian Revolution of 1956: HungarianFest will include exactly 56 works created by Hungarian composers and choreographers.

HungarianFest Opening Concert

Highlights from Johann Strauss’s operetta Der Zigeunerbaron

Ferenc Liszt

Don Sanche

Social music listening session

Ferenc Erkel

Bánk bán

Opera in three acts, in Hungarian with Hungarian surtitles

Ferenc Farkas

The Magic Cupboard

Comic opera in two acts, in Hungarian

Ernő Dohnányi

The Tower of the Voivod

Introductory presentation with video screening

Zsolt Durkó

Moses

Social music listening session

Iván Madarász

The Last Waltz

Concert performance, in Hungarian, with Hungarian surtitles

Sándor Balassa

The Man Outside

Social music listening session

Einojuhani Rautavaara

The Mine

Introductory presentation with video screening

Judit Varga

Love

Introductory presentation with video screening

László Seregi / Aram Ilyich Khachaturian

Spartacus

Introductory presentation with video screening

Lilla Pártay / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Zoltán Rácz

Anna Karenina

Introductory presentation with video screening

Karl Goldmark

Die Königin von Saba

Opera in four acts, two parts, in German with Hungarian surtitles

László Seregi

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Introductory presentation with video screening

József Ruzitska; György Orbán

Béla's Flight; Prince Pikkó

Operas in Hungarian, with Hungarian surtitles

Gyula Fekete

The Redeemed Town

Introductory presentation with video screening

György Selmeczi

Byzantium

Introductory presentation with video screening

József Sári

Solar Eclipse (Sonnenfinsternis)

Introductory presentation with video screening

Ede Poldini

Wedding at Carnival

Social music listening session

Dóra Barta; Béla Földi / Solaris

Space Fantasy (Planet in Turmoil; The Martian Chronicles)

One-act dance pieces

Pongrác Kacsóh

John the Valiant

Introductory presentation with video screening

Ferenc Erkel

Dózsa György

Introductory presentation with video screening

Péter Eötvös

Love and Other Demons

Opera in two acts (2007), Budapest version (2017)

After the novel Del amor y otros demonios by Gabriel García Márquez

Ernő Dohnányi

Der Tenor

Comic opera in two parts, three acts, in Hungarian with Hungarian surtitles

László Seregi / Sergei Prokofiev

Romeo and Juliet

Introductory presentation with video screening

György Ligeti

Le grand macabre

Concert performance, in German, with Hungarian surtitles

Zsófia Tallér / Andor Szilágyi / Barnabás Szöllősi

Leander and Linseed

Fairy-tale opera in two parts, in Hungarian, with Hungarian surtitles

Jenő Hubay

The Violin-Maker of Cremona

Introductory presentation with video screening

Pál Frenák / László Seregi / Zsolt Juhász / Béla Bartók

Bartók DanceTriptych

Three one-act dance pieces

Sándor Szokolay

Blood Wedding

Concert performance in seven scenes, in Hungarian with Hungarian surtitles

László Seregi / Károly Goldmark / Frigyes Hidas

The Taming of the Shrew

Introductory presentation with video screening

Levente Gyöngyösi

The Stork Calif

Concert performance, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Jenő Kenessey

The Gold and the Woman

Social music listening session

Ferenc Erkel

Hunyadi László

Introductory presentation with video screening

Sándor Szokolay

Hamlet

Social music listening session

János Vajda / Béla Bartók

Mario and the Magician; Bluebeard's Castle

One act operas, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Zoltán Kodály

The Spinning Room

Singspiel in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Wayne Eagling / Tamás Solymosi / Pjotr Iljics Csajkovszkij

The Nutcracker

Introductory presentation with video screening

Erzsébet Szőnyi

The Stubborn Princess

Children's opera in Hungarian, with Hungarian surtitles

Gábor Péter Mezei; Kamilló Lendvay

HungarianLateNight

Operas in Hungarian, with Hungarian surtitles

János Vajda

Mrs. Karnyó

Introductory presentation with video screening

György Selmeczi

Spiritisti

Concert performance, in Italian, with Hungarian surtitles

Zoltán Kodály

Canticum Rákóczianum (Czinka Panna)

Concert performance, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Ferenc Erkel

King Stephen

Introductory presentation with video screening

Zoltán Kodály

Háry János

Singspiel in two parts, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Attila Bozay

The Last Five Scenes

Introductory presentation with video screening

György Ránki

King Pomade's New Clothes

Concert performance, in Hungarian, with Hungarian surtitles

Ferenc Erkel

Brankovics György

Social music listening session

József Ruzitska

Béla's Flight

Social music listening session

Emil Petrovics

C'est la guerre; Lysistrate

Concert performance, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

György Orbán

Prince Pikkó

Introductory presentation with video screening

Gyula Harangozó Jr. / Tibor Kocsák

Snow White and The 7 Dwarfs

Dance piece in two acts