Ede Poldini


contemporary opera 16 premiere

February 19., Saturday 19:00

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage

Comic opera in two parts, in three acts, in Hungarian with Hungarian and English surtitles

Dozens of people end up quarantined due to the bad weather. Emotions run high: those who shouldn’t, fall in love; those who are together, fall out of love. When locked in together, people learn a lot about each other. Instead of the wedding during carnival, a several days long quarantine party starts, forging a community from this rag-tag party, who follow the forbidden love between Kálmán, a student from the town of Csurgó, and Zsuzsika, a sensitive girl suffering from mild depression, with watchful eyes. And of course others fall in love as well, they devour their food rations, and the orchestra plays night and day, only to return to normal once the quarantine ends. Ede Poldini’s comic opera first premiered on 16 February 1924 at the Hungarian State Opera. Its libretto had already been written by Ernő Vajda a decade earlier, but the world war delayed the completion of the piece. First night was a huge success, Love Adrift went on for a hundred performances. It is an unusual piece of repertoire although it is one of those rare Hungarian works that once enjoyed fame internationally, in Vienna, Dresden and London.
The piece has now gained entirely new meaning in light of the long months of the recent epidemic, with a long list of scenes and emotions familiar to all of us: they help us laugh about ourselves and how we spent this period locked between four walls.


Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Feb. 19, 2022
Start time
7 p.m.
End time
10 p.m.
Ede Poldini
Ernst Vajda
Adaptation by
András Almási-Tóth
Reorchestrated by
András Gábor Virágh
András Almási-Tóth
Set designer
Balázs Fügedi
Costume designer
Márk Kiss
Movement director
Eszter Lázár
Lighting designer
Sándor Baumgartner
Artistic assistant
Andrea Kováts
Assistant director
Orsolya Magyar
Zsombor Czeglédi
English surtitles
Kinga Keszthelyi
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki


Premiere: Feb. 19, 2022

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage