FrenchLateNight

contemporary opera 18

June 2., Wednesday 20:00

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage

One-act operas in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

The Opera’s LateNight series for audiences aged 18 and over, launched in 2014, will continue during the French Muse season with two Gallic-themed one-act operas, both directed by Kriszta Székely. “When it comes to subjects for operas, it is not a prerequisite for me to comply with any current trends. What is more important – perhaps the most important thing – is for the subject I choose to contain a social background to humankind’s fate and for the dramatic material to pack a kind of emotional charge that, paired at a high-level with the music, conveys that which cannot be said with words alone,” said Kamilló Lendvay of the opera he wrote based on a play by Jean-Paul Sartre. A typical Satrean protagonist, Lizzie must cast judgement over an innocent man’s life while her own existence is also at risk. One’s fate is decided by how one exercises one’s freedom of choice.
Saint-Saëns’s opera depicts a drug-addicted young man’s despairing attempts to escape from the greyness of reality. The Great Yellow Unknown who appears as an effect of the drug, however, is at least as enchanting as it is frightening, depending on how we look at it: what is heaven from within (at least for a while) might be hell from without. Perhaps this is the common point where the recognition of the otherness and tragicomic foreigness that is inside both us and our desires that is needed for two people – in this case Kornélis and Léna – to find each other.

Details

Location
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Date
June 2, 2021
Start time
8 p.m.
End time
10:30 p.m.

Camille Saint-Saëns

La prince/sse jaune (The Yellow Prince/sse)

A drug-addicted youth (Kornélis) makes a despairing attempt to escape from the greyness of reality. The “Great Mystery of the Orient”, however, is at least as enticing as it is alarming. It depends on how we look at it: from within it is a (temporary) paradise, and from outside it is hell. It is not impossible that the illusion of reality and the reality of the illusion come from the same place. But perhaps this is the common starting point without which the tragicomic analysis of the recognition of the otherness, the foreignness in ourselves and in our desires cannot even commence.
Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns
Librettist
Louis Gallett
Translator
Zoltán Csehy Judit Kenesey
Director
Kriszta Székely
Visual Concept
Renátó Cseh
Choreographer
Kriszta Székely Bence Apáti
Dramaturg
Diána Eszter Mátrai
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki

Kamilló Lendvay

La putain respectueuse (The Respectful Prostitute)

Composer
Kamilló Lendvay
The libretto was written based on the drama of the same title by Jean-Paul Sartre
Kamilló Lendvay
Director
Kriszta Székely
Set designer
Nelli Pallós
Costume designer
Dóra Pattantyus
Choreographer
Csaba Sebestyén
Dramaturg
Kinga Keszthelyi

Events

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

Reviews

“Beyond venturing into dodecaphony at times, La Putain respectueuse is a bold opera full of power and impactful effects, as well as passages that are as demanding as chamber music, which make bringing out Lendvay’s work truly worthwhile. Especially when it is presented by orchestra musicians and singers as dedicated as the ones in this production.
Ferenc László, Magyar Narancs
“La princesse jaune is a noteworthy effort by a young director on the musical stage. Kriszta Székely has both proved splendid at directing the acting and conjured up an exciting and delirious dream out of the piece. (…) She has created a powerful atmosphere for his surreal vision unfolding on the borderland between dream and reality while cleverly placing the original plot in a new context and introducing a host of associations.”
Zoltán Péter, Operaportál