Sándor Szokolay

Hamlet

Shakespeare az Erkelben season ticket


Opera in three acts, performed in concert version, in Hungarian, with Hungarian surtitles
The idea of composing an opera to Shakespeare's Hamlet started to occupy Sándor Szokoloy from a very young age, in no small measure because of the 1948 film version of the play directed by and starring Sir Laurence Olivier.
The libretto for the Hamlet that was premiered at the Opera House in 1968 was crafted by Szokolay himself: for the work, he used the János Arany translation, which he did not change by a single letter, instead simply leaving out certain parts and shortening certain passages, thereby giving a new interpretation to Shakespeare in several spots. What posed the greatest challenge for Szokolay in composing it was making classical drama correspond to the requirements of opera. In the words of Géza Fodor: “At every point, the composition became a formulation arising from the content and the Hamlet problem and carrying the full credibility of artistic truth.
The Hamlet premieres as part of the Shakespeare Season is a concert-format performance of the three-act opera.

This performance is taking place as a collaboration between the Hungarian State Opera, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Hungarian Radio Choir.

Photo by Rákossy Péter

Details

Location
Erkel Theatre
Date
May 19, 2016
Start time
19:00
End time
22:00

Cast

Conductor
János Kovács
Claudius
Béla Laborfalvi Soós
Hamlet
Boldizsár László
Gertrud, his queen
Andrea Meláth
Horatio
Lajos Geiger
Polonius
Péter Fried
Laertes
Gergely Boncsér
Ophelia
Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser
Ghost of Hamlet's father
László Szvétek
Rosencrantz
Tivadar Kiss
Guildenstern
Péter Kiss
Marcellus
Zsolt Molnár
Bernardo
Ferenc Cserhalmi
Francisco
András Kiss
First grave-digger
Zoltán Megyesi
Second grave-digger
András Hábetler
Priest
Antal Bakó
Osrick
Gergely Ujvári
Nobleman
Gábor Csiki
Lucianus
Gábor Oláh
Player King
Zoltán Bátki Fazekas
Player Queen
Gabriella Csizmadia

Credits

Libretto, created using János Arany's translation of the play by Shakespeare
Sándor Szokolay

Events

2016. May 19., Thu, 19:00