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Bánk bánNew production

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Erkel Színház (Erkel Theatre)II. János Pál pápa tér 30., Budapest, Central Hungary, H-1087, Hungary
2017 September 09 19:00, September 10 15:00, September 13 19:00, September 14 19:00, September 15 19:00, September 17 11:00
Hungarian State Opera
Balázs KocsárConductor
Attila VidnyánszkyDirector
Oleksandr BilozubSet Designer
Viktória NagyCostume Designer
Marcell BakonyiBaritoneEndre II
András Káldi KissBassEndre II
Ildikó KomlósiMezzo-sopranoGertrude
Judit NémethMezzo-sopranoGertrude
Péter BalczóTenorOtto
Istvan HorvathTenorOtto
Levente MolnárBaritoneBánk bán
Csaba SzegediBaritoneBánk bán
Zita SzemereSopranoMelinda
Orsolya Hajnalka RőserSopranoMelinda
Zsolt HajaBaritonePatúr-Petur bán
Zoltán KelemenBaritonePatúr-Petur bán
Kolos KovátsBassTiborc
István RáczBassTiborc
Lajos GeigerBaritoneBiberach
Antal CsehBassBiberach

In 1844, following on the heels of his triumph in the competition to set Ferenc Kölcsey's Himnusz – today the national anthem of Hungary – to music, Ferenc Erkel set about looking at the possibilities for using József Katona's much-attacked drama Bánk bán as the subject for an opera. History made the period of composition a lengthy one: first came the Hungarian War of Independence of 1848/49, and censorship by the dictatorship that followed meant that the audience would have to wait until 9 March 1861 before the work could be performed in its entirety at Pest's National Theatre. The unique aspect of the Opera's new production of Bánk bán – a work that maintains its popularity as a result of, or perhaps in spite of, well-executed additions and revisions – is now being staged in the baritone version originally created for the persona and voice of Imre Palló, an idea supported by Zoltán Kodály himself at the time. Attila Vidnyánszky, managing director of the National Theatre and former chief stage director at the Hungarian State Opera, will be returning to mount his first new production on Andrássy Avenue in ten years.

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