Ernő Dohnányi; Jenő Hubay

Tante Simona (Aunt Simona); Le luthier de Crémone (The Violin Maker of Cremona)

classic opera 12 premiere

Comic operas in one act, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

Ernst von Dohnányi is one of those Hungarian composers whose works are played much less frequently than they deserve to be. His German-language comic opera takes places in Italy and follows the story of Aunt Simona, who was abandoned by her sweetheart long ago and, with her bitterness undiminished by the intervening years and now intent on protecting her niece, Beatrice, from the disappointments of love, attempts to shut out any and all men from her life – naturally, without success. After nearly 90 years, it is returning to the stage here as the brainchild of the young director Bence Varga, with new Hungarian text by Attila Galambos.

Jenő Hubay was a major figure not only as a composer, but also as a violinist and as a teacher of the instrument. Premiered in Budapest in 1894, Le luthier de Crémone is Hubay’s most popular opera. On special occasions, the composer himself would play its remarkable violin solo. The catchy music – light and tuneful – and the famous slightly gloomy but heartfelt violin part remind one of both French elegance and operetta. The piece takes viewers into an appealing world in which a love triangle is resolved through human decency and self-sacrifice.


Ernő Dohnányi

Tante Simona (Aunt Simona)

Conductor
Oliver von Dohnányi
Aunt Simona
Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz
Beatrice
Adrienn Miksch
Giacinta
Orsolya Sáfár
Count Ghino
Donát Varga
Count Florio
Antal Cseh
Nuto, a housekeeper
Bence Pataki

Jenő Hubay

Le luthier de Crémone (The Violin Maker of Cremona)

Conductor
Oliver von Dohnányi
Ferrari, a master violin maker
Köpeczi Sándor
Giannina
Orsolya Sáfár
Sandro
Tamás Tarjányi
Filippo
Csaba Sándor
The mayor
András Palerdi

Events

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