András Mikó


András Mikó
Director, principal director, eternal member
(1922 – 1998)
After completing his studies in graphic design and music (with Sándor Bortnyik, Kálmán Nádasdy and Gusztáv Oláh), András Mikó signed with the Opera in 1946, serving as assistant to Otto Klemperer, stage manager and assistant director. In 1949 he was made one of the theatre's directors, and from 1963 to 1987 was its chief director. He would teach operatic acting technique and directing at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy from 1950. In 1951 and 1952 he was chief director at the Budapest Operetta Theatre. After the Szeged Open-Air Festival was resumed, he directed there nearly every season. He was invited to guest direct productions in Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, the Soviet Union and Finland. One of the outstanding contributions of his career was his highly successful stagings of new Hungarian Operas: including Sándor Balassa's Draussen vor der Tür (The Man Outside), Zsolt Durkó's Moses, Mihály Hajdú's Kata Kádár, András Mihály's Together and Alone, Emil Petrovics's Crime and Punishment and Sándor Szokolay's Blood Wedding and Hamlet. He is also associated with such projects as the Hungarian premieres of Britten's Albert Herring, Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and Alban Berg's Wozzeck and Lulu, as well as the revival of Pelléas et Mélisande.