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Hunyadi László

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Erkel Színház (Erkel Theatre)II. János Pál pápa tér 30., Budapest, Central Hungary, H-1087, Hungary
March 10, 11, 15, 17 at 19:00
Performers
Hungarian State Opera
Ádám MedveczkyConductor
Gábor SzűcsDirector
Katalin LiborSet Designer
Enikő KárpátiCostume Designer
Istvan HorvathTenorLászló V
Tibor SzappanosTenorLászló V
Orsolya Hajnalka RőserSopranoErzsébet Szilágyi
Beatrix FodorSopranoErzsébet Szilágyi
Boldizsár LászlóTenorLászló Hunyadi
Attila FeketeTenorLászló Hunyadi
Melinda HeiterMezzo-sopranoMátyás Hunyadi
Gabriella BalgaMezzo-sopranoMátyás Hunyadi
István KovácsBassMiklós Gara
Zoltán KelemenBaritoneMiklós Gara
Kinga KrisztaSopranoMária
Rita RáczSopranoMária
István RáczBassUlrik Cilley
Gábor GézaBassUlrik Cilley
András Káldi KissBassRozgonyi

It was in 1844, at the crest of the reform era, that Ferenc Erkel composed his patriotic opera focussing on one of the most turbulent periods in Hungarian history: the days after the victory over the Turks at Belgrade in 1456. The hero of this work set during the era of the Hunyadis, however, is neither the famous "Turk beater" János Hunyadi nor his younger son King Mátyás, but the older son László, who was treacherously sent to the scaffold while still a young knight. Contemporary viewers received the work enthusiastically, since its scarcely disguised implications reflected the political relationships of their own era; naturally its impact also comes from the music, which was based on Italian and French models, along with with "Verbunkos" traditions.

The first Hungarian-language opera to remain an honoured part of the repertoire without interruption since its premiere, it appeared in a new production at the Hungarian State Opera in 2012. 

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