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Bánk bán

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Erkel Színház (Erkel Theatre)II. János Pál pápa tér 30., Budapest, Central Hungary, H-1087, Hungary
2020 March 13 19:00, March 15 19:00, March 20 19:00, March 22 11:00
Performers
Hungarian State Opera
Attila VidnyánszkyConductor, Director
Oleksandr BilozubSet Designer
Viktória NagyCostume Designer

Opera in two parts, three acts, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

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.
As a result of, or in spite of, the high-level additions and revisions, the remarkable aspect of the following performances of the ever-acclaimed Bánk bán is the fact that the text and musical material were created using both the work's original version and the 1939 revision – the one best know to the wider audience – credited to Kálmán Nádasdy. The storyline thus most closely mirrors the thinking of original playwright József Katona, without forcing us to dispense with the now-timeless grand aria "Hazám, hazám" ("My homeland, my homeland").


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