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Az ötödik pecsét (The Fifth Seal)World premiere

Eiffel Art Studios: Bánffy StageÉszaki Műhely Kőbánya, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
Dates/times in Budapest time zone
Friday 02 December 202220:00
Sunday 04 December 202219:00
Friday 09 December 202220:00
Sunday 11 December 202219:00
Saturday 17 December 202211:00
Performers
Hungarian State Opera
János SzikoraDirector
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Marcell BakonyiBaritoneMr. Kovács, a carpenter
Attila FeketeTenorMr. Király, a spy
András Káldi KissBassBéla, bar owner
Zoltán MegyesiTenorKeczei, photographer
Máté FülepBaritoneArrow-cross man in civvies
Atilla Kiss BTenorBlond arrow-cross man
Eszter ZemlényiSopranoLucy, the lover of the king
Erika GálMezzo-sopranoIrén, wife of Béla
Gabriella Létay KissSopranoMrs. Kovács
Lajos GeigerBaritoneTall arrow-cross man
Péter FriedBassZsákoló nyilas

Iván Madarász was commissioned by the Opera to compose The Fifth Seal using the screenplay of Zoltán Fábri’s legendary 1976 film. The film is based on Ferenc Sánta’s novel set in 1944 Hungary. Although the opera preserves the actual historical background of the Second World War, the composer also found it important to remove his work from the context of this period, and to emphasize the more general, in a way eternal meaning of the story that is not tied to any particular era. One of the many special features of this opera is that besides the standard symphonic orchestra, which is even used by the composer to illustrate the dramatic moments of the air raid, the popular music of the 1930s and ‘40s is also present in the work.

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