Karol Józef Wojtyła

Przed sklepem jubilera (The Jeweler's Shop)

Drama with music in three acts, in Hungarian
For the first time on the programme of the Opera


The dialogue in verse by Pope John Paul II – namesake of the square upon which the Erkel Theatre is situated – examines the holiness of love and marriage through the stories of three different young couples.
This co-production by the Opera and the Vörösmarty Theatre will feature stage actors performing the work accompanied by the musical works of a friend and countryman of the Polish pontiff and poet: contemporary composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose musical world is always a remarkable one. Staging the production will be one of the Opera’s regular directors: following on the heels of Werther and Les Huguenots, János Szikora will now tackle this special work imbued with music.

General cast

Ildikó Tóth
Unknown man / Adam
Sándor Gáspár
Andras / Kristof
Tamás Kovács
Gabriella Varga
Bianca Ballér
Ars Oratoria Chamber Choir


Karol Józef Wojtyła
Hungarian translation by
Péter Balássy
Music director
Péter Dobszay
János Szikora
Set designer
János Szikora
Costume designer
Dalma Závodszky
Artistic director of Ars Oratoria Chamber Choir
Zoltán Pad

Dec. 3, 2020