WINTER SWEETS


Mozartian Chamber Treats

Even though it’s cold outside, the Opera is still providing cheerful winter goodies to consume. This dessert consists of three courses. Mozart’s one-act theatre parody, Der Schauspieldirektor, shows how the life of a theatre director is certainly not an easy one when several singers are vying for the prima donna spot. The second piece, about the wives of King Henry VIII, a monarch who was liberal in dispensing both kisses and death, is a production that employs text by Shakespeare and music by the king himself, and not without a bit of black humour, either. And finally: The Telephone. A boy wants to confess his love to a girl, except the girl is next to the telephone, and any time it rings, she has to pick it up. Through a charming opera from the 1970s, the audience will get to see a problem that has since grown to serious proportions.



THE CRITICS RESPOND:

Perhaps sensing that the tragic overtones had to be dealt with gingerly, the director (…) thus focused on humorous aspects with the fourth and fifth wives. (…) This process works well. Also fortunately executed are the flow of emotions and atmosphere, which are administered in the appropriate dosages, with altogether nine musical interludes contributing to them.” (Zsuzsa Makk, Mezei néző)

This two-person piece augmented by a few dancers and a walking telephone is quite a lot of fun, and in the era of the smart phone actually makes for very timely entertainment.” (Wolfgang Kutzschbach, Das Opernglas)

Details

Location
Eiffel Art Studios – Bánffy Stage
Date
April 4, 2020
Start time
11:00
End time
13:00

The Wives of Henry VIII

Chamber play with music, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Cast

Henry VIII
Pallag Márton
Henry's wives
Eszter Zavaros
Coutrier
Balázs Csémy

Credits

Librettist
Balázs Csémy / Kristóf Widder
Director
Kristóf Widder
Dramaturg
Molnár Szabolcs
Musical composition
Eszter Zavaros / Molnár Szabolcs / Kristóf Widder / Balázs Csémy
Featuring on piano
Jászberényi Lilian

Premiere
May 27, 2016

The Telephone

Comic opera in one act, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Cast

Conductor
Sámuel Tóth
Lucy
Orsolya Sáfár
Ben
Attila Erdős
The telephone
Kristóf Poroszlay

Credits

Librettist
Gian Carlo Menotti
Translator
Klára Huszár
Director
András Almási-Tóth
Set designer
One Nikon
Costume designer
Krisztina Lisztopád
Choreographer
Klári Pataky

Premiere
Sept. 21, 2013

Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario)

Singspiel in one act, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Cast

Conductor
Sámuel Tóth
Hans Buff, an impresario
Tamás Busa
Brigitte Herz, his wife
Bernáth Éva
Selim Hekeri, a plastics mogul
Köles Ferenc
Julia Silberklang, an amateur primadonna
Ayane Imai
Johann Vogelsang, a tenor
Tibor Szappanos

Credits

Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Prose after the libretto of Johann Gottlieb Stephanie by
Gergely Litkai
Hungarian lyrics
Miklós Szabó
Director
Máté Szabó
Set designer
Róbert Menczel
Costume designer
Ildikó Tihanyi

Premiere
May 12, 2014

Events

2020. March 21., Sat, 11:00
2020. March 22., Sun, 19:00
2020. March 27., Fri, 20:00
2020. April 04., Sat, 11:00