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The Gold and the Woman / The Tót Family

Eiffel Art Studios: Bánffy StageÉszaki Műhely Kőbánya, Budapest, Central Hungary, Hungary
Dates/times in Budapest time zone
Saturday 11 December 202119:00
Friday 17 December 202120:00
Performers
Hungarian State Opera
Zsolt JankóConductor
Csaba KáelDirector
Éva SzendrényiSet Designer
Anikó NémethCostume Designer
Ferenc StadlerLighting Designer
Eszter OrbánDramaturgyThe Gold and the Woman
István KovácsBassWolfgang
Ildikó MegyimóreczMezzo-sopranoAnna
Atilla Kiss BTenorMercenary captain
Gergely BiriTenorHinkó
Tivadar KissTenorFirst actor
Ferenc CserhalmiBassSecond actor, Postman
Ferenc EndrészBassCommander of the guard, Water carrier
László SzvétekBassLajos Tót
Mária FarkasrétiSopranoMariska
Helga NánásiSopranoÁgika
Boldizsár LászlóTenorMajor
Lajos GeigerBaritonePriest Tomaji
Tímea TímárMezzo-sopranoGizi Gézáné
Marianna VenekeiChoreographyThe Gold and the Woman
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Gábor CsikiTenor
Hungarian State Opera Children's Chorus
Nikolett HajzerChoirmaster / chorus director

Operas in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

This programme directed by Csaba Káel features opera versions of two literary works by two important authors from the Hungarian world of letters.  An opera based on Gyula Krúdy's eponymous play was commissioned by Kálmán Nádasdy long ago: The Gold and the Woman was Jenő Kenessey's sole foray into the genre of opera and, at the same time, one of the most popular Hungarian works of the first half of the 20th century. 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, found a place for itself in the genre of opera. Its world premiere took place at the Eiffel Art Studios in 2019.

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