Georg Friedrich Händel – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Der Messias (Messiah)

classic opera 14

December 24., Friday 11:00

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage

Staged oratorio in three parts, without intermission, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

For the first time on the programme of the Opera

Proclaiming (notably with the popular “Hallelujah” chorus) the coming and resurrection of the Saviour, Messiah remains to this day one of the most popular of Handel’s works. A little under half a century after its 1742 world premiere in Dublin, it was performed for the first time in the revised and rescored German-language version Der Messias created by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The “German Messiah” thus is the fruit of an extraordinary “collaboration” between two geniuses: the scintillating brilliance of Handel as interpreted by Mozart.
With Ferenc Anger directing, Mozart’s arrangement is sung in a new Hungarian translation by Ádám Nádasdy. 


Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Dec. 24, 2021
Start time
11 a.m.
End time
1 p.m.
Music revised by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Original, English-language libretto compiled from biblical passages by
Charles Jennens
Libretto translated into German by
Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock Christoph Daniel Ebeling
Hungarian text
Ádám Nádasdy
Eszter Orbán
Ferenc Anger
Set designer
Gergely Zöldy Z
Costume designer
Mónika Szelei
Marianna Venekei
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki
English translation of Ádám Nádasdy's text by
Arthur Roger Crane


Premiere: Dec. 21, 2019

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


The libretto to Messiah contains virtually no narrative or dramatic elements at all, and is completely devoid of any storyline or theatrical dialogue. Director Ferenc Anger and his creative team have reflected all of this by staging a sequence of events without a traditional plot or any tangible conflict. (...) Through its visual effect and depiction of human bodies, this production eventually illustrated a more profound narrative.
Péter Merényi,  Revizor Online