Zoltán Kodály

The Spinning Room / Psalmus hungaricus / Dances of Galánta

Concert performances

The Spinning Room

Folk scenes in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles
A people can best be known through their folk songs,” claimed Zoltán Kodály, one of the crucial proponents of Hungarian music, whose main ambition as a composer, collector of folk songs and music teacher was to inculcate a love for Hungarian folk song and to cultivate a knowledgeable audience.
The Spinning Room is the epitome of Kodály's efforts. When the Opera commissioned a full-length version of the work from the composer in 1931, it wasn't an opera that Kodály intended to write – instead his aim was to re-discover the Hungarian folk song and relay its simple dramatic power.
Kodály was of Polish extraction on his mother's side. And now, breaking with convention, audiences will get the chance to see through the eyes of a Polish director, Michał Znaniecki, how a foreign artist perceives this quintessentially Hungarian work.

General cast

Ádám Medveczky
The lady of the house
Atala Schöck
Her suitor
Csaba Sándor
A young man
István Horváth
Neighbour/The mother of the young man
Kornélia Bakos
A girl
Mária Celeng
The flea
Tivadar Kiss
The mother of the girl
Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz


Michał Znaniecki
Costume designer
Magdalena Dabrowska
Judit Kenesey
English surtitles
Elisabeth M. Lockwood
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki

Oct. 1, 2016

Psalmus Hungaricus

General cast

Ádám Medveczky
András Molnár


Zoltán Kodály
Kecskeméti Vég Mihály

Sept. 15, 2005

Dances of Galánta

General cast



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