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 namesake of the square where the Erkel Theatre is situated was the author of serious literary works and had close ties to the theatrical world: during his university years, the future Pope John Paul II organised literary gatherings and belonged to several dramatic companies, some of which he led. Karol Wojtyłá’s 1960 dialogue in verse The Jeweller’s Shop centres on three couples who go to a jeweller’s shop to obtain engagement rings. By relating the stories of the different couples, the philosophical text examines the themes of love and the sanctity of marriage. In this production, the Opera has paired the Polish “dramatist” with the always remarkable sounding musical world of his friend the recently deceased contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki as accompaniment for the prose actors.

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
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki

Dec. 3, 2020