Every Wednesday at 8 p.m., we broadcast highlights of the operas that had to be cancelled. Starting with Edgar by Puccini, viewers can see the most important excerpts featuring soloists of the Hungarian State Opera accompanied by piano. To enhance the experience, the costumes and parts of the sets created for the productions will also feature in these broadcasts.
Productions on stream:
23 September 2020 Puccini: EDGAR
30 September 2020Puccini: MANON LESCALUT
7 October 2020 Bizet: CARMEN
14 October 2020 Verdi: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
21 October 2020 Kodály: SPINNING ROOM
28 October 2020 Testoni: FANTASIO / FORTUNIO
4 November 2020 Offenbach: DIE RHEINNIXEN
11 November 2020 Mozart: THE IMPRESARIO / Menotti: THE TELEPHONE
25 November 2020. R. Strauss: DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN
The subject of this work sparked Verdi's fiercest battle with the censor of Naples and, later on, of Rome. The original libretto treated an actual historical event: the 1792 regicide of a Swedish king. However, this proved too delicate a matter given the political situation of the day, and so in order to curry favour with the censor, the king was converted into an earl and the plot transplanted from Europe to the English North American colonies. After a few more minor alterations, the Roman censor allowed the staging of the work, which when the layer of political assassination is peeled away the plot, reveals a love story. Apart from the political discontent, the real stakes are over a marriage in need of saving. Lurking in the story's background are visceral emotions of unrequited love and blind jealousy that move the plot along. The opera – in accordance with the composer's original intention – is presented as the story of the Swedish king Gustavo III in the Hungarian State Opera production.
Gustavo: Boldizsár László
Amelia: Eszter Sümegi
Renato Anckarström: Alexandru Agache
Ulrica: Bernadett Fodor
Oscar: Zita Szemere
Featuring on piano: Katalin Domann
Highlights staged by Judit Niklai
Costume designer: Giuseppe Palella
- Eiffle Art Studios — Hevesi Sándor Stage
- Oct. 14, 2020
- Start time
- 8 p.m.
- End time
- 9 p.m.
Premiere: Sept. 23, 2020