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The Gold and the Woman; The Tót FamilyNew production

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Eiffel Art Studios: Bánffy StageÉszaki Műhely Kőbánya, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
April 07, 08, 14, 15 at 19:00
Programme
Kenessey, Jenő (1905-1976)Arany meg az asszony (Gold and the Woman)
Tóth, PéterThe Tót Family
Performers
Hungarian State Opera
TBCConductor
Csaba KáelDirector
Éva SzendrényiSet Designer
Anikó NémethCostume Designer
István KovácsBassWolfgang
István RáczBassWolfgang, Lajos Tót
Zita VáradiSopranoAnna
Anikó BakonyiSopranoAnna
Gergely BoncsérTenorMercenary captain
Atilla Kiss BTenorMercenary captain
Gergely UjváriTenorHinkó
Tivadar KissTenorHinkó
Ferenc KristoforiTenorFirst actor
László Beöthy-KissBassFirst actor
Ferenc CserhalmiBassSecond actor
András HabetlerBassSecond actor, Postman
Géza ZsigmondBassCommander of the guard, Water carrier
Antal BakóBass-baritoneCommander of the guard, Water carrier
László SzvétekBassLajos Tót
Júlia VajdaSopranoMariska
Mária TemesiSopranoMariska
Zita SzemereSopranoÁgika
Boldizsár LászlóTenorMajor
Tamás BusaBaritonePriest Tomaji
Kornélia BakosMezzo-sopranoGizi Gézáné

Operatic versions of two literary works by important Hungarian authors staged together on a single night: many years ago while serving as the Opera's general director, Kálmán Nádasdy commissioned an opera based on Gyula Krúdy's play of the same name, The Gold and the Woman. Now, more than 70 years later, the Hungarian State Opera will be holding the world premiere of one of István Örkény's principal works: The Tót Family.
The Gold and the Woman is Jenő Kenessey's sole work in the genre of opera as well as a highly successful Hungarian work from the first half of the 20th century. The work relates the story of a parable-like 15th century love triangle. The ageing husband in a rather empty marriage takes his revenge on the young man out to seduce his wife by tempting him in a different way: by offering him counterfeit gold coins made in his alchemist's shop.
A few years after the success of his fairy tale opera Prince Árgyélus, composer Péter Tóth, who also serves as dean of the University of Szeged's faculty of music, set to work on composing an “adult” one-act piece. The Tót Family is one of the most important novellas and plays in Hungarian literature, which now, following the emblematic Fábri-Latinovits film and a slew of theatrical productions still competing with each other to this day, has found a place for itself in the genre of opera.
The two operas are both being directed by Csaba Káel on the Bánffy Stage at the Eiffel Art Studios.

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