The fourth episode of the TTT series took the viewers of the Facebook and Origo.hu stream on a musical roller coaster from the baroque era to contemporary South-American compositions. Russian ballet music was also prominently featured in the show as the ballet dancers performed several excerpts from Swan Lake. A special work commissioned by the Opera was also heard for the first time on 16 October 2020, from 8:00 p.m.
The Opera Chorus presented two specialties for fans of vocal music. The cantata Navidad nuestra (Our Christmas) by Ariel Ramírez is based on Argentinian music traditions and tells the tale of the birth of Jesus from the Annunciation to the Flight to Egypt. In the programme, Márió Matyó, Tünde Szarvas, Nikoletta Papp, Orsolya Bagosi, György Nótás, Gergely Irlanda and Forgács Péter performed the excerpts La peregrinacion, El nacimiento, Los pastores and La huida (Pilgrimage, Birth, Shepherds and Flight). Musical director: Dániel Erdélyi, featured on the piano was Katalin Szirtes. Viewers could also witness a world premiere: the vocal fantasy Yeah! by Tamás Beischer-Matyó was composed for male ensemble commissioned by the Hungarian State Opera. Lyrics featured poems by the American poet Emily Dickinson. The piece inspired by The Beatles was performed by chorus members Gábor Csiki, Dániel Roska, András Takács, Attila Ollé, Sándor Bartus, Péter Balás and pianist Krisztina Andrássy-Neuenstein. Musical director and répétiteur: Gábor Csiki.
Musicians of the Opera Orchestra visited the baroque, classical and romantic periods. The brass adaptation of Carmen Fantasy by George Bizet were interpreted by Mihály Könyves-Tóth (trumpet), Bence Kirsch (trumpet), Balázs Tóth (French horn), Csaba Bencze (trombone) and Bálint Keresztesi (tuba); Sonata for Two Violins in e minor (Op. 3, No. 5) by renowned French violinist and composer Jean-Marie Leclair was performed by Ernő Kállai and Patrícia Fahidi; Joseph Haydn's London Trio in C major (No. 1) was performed by Zsuzsanna V. Menyhárt and Dóra Gjorgjevic (flute), and Péter Boldoghy Kummert (cello).
In the programme, the Hungarian National Ballet focused entirely on Swan Lake as a preview for the series beginning at the end of October at the Erkel Theatre. The dancers performed three excerpts from the choreography by Rudi van Dantzig and Toer van Schayk accompanied on the piano by Başak Dilara Özdemir Lakatos: Pas de Six from Act 3 (featuring Kristina Starostina, Anastasiia Konstantinova, Elizaveta Cheprasova, Takaaki Okajima, Valerio Palumbo and Gaetano Cottonaro); in Black Swan's Pas de Deux, two Étoiles of the company, Tatiana Melnik and Gergely Leblanc evoked the characters of Odile and Siegfried; Dance of the Little Swans was performed by Yourim Lee, Rita Hangya, Olga Chernakova and Lilla Purszki. It is already a tradition, that students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute also appear in the show. Lili Pásztor and Flora Patricola performed Spanish Dance from Tchaikovsky's masterpiece to choreography by Kateryna Tarasova.
Photo by Valter Berecz