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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
March 14 19:00, March 16 19:00, March 21 19:00, March 29 19:00, April 02 19:00, April 07 11:00
Performers
Hungarian State Opera
Ádám MedveczkyConductor
Attila VidnyánszkyDirector
Oleksandr BilozubSet Designer
Viktória NagyCostume Designer
András Káldi KissBassEndre II
Marcell BakonyiBaritoneEndre II
Judit NémethMezzo-sopranoGertrude
Ildikó KomlósiMezzo-sopranoGertrude
Istvan HorvathTenorOtto
Péter BalczóTenorOtto
Csaba SzegediBaritoneBánk bán
Levente MolnárBaritoneBánk bán
Orsolya Hajnalka RőserSopranoMelinda
Zita SzemereSopranoMelinda
Zoltán KelemenBaritonePatúr-Petur bán
Zsolt HajaBaritonePatúr-Petur bán
István RáczBassTiborc
Kolos KovátsBassTiborc
Antal CsehBassBiberach
Lajos GeigerBaritoneBiberach
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
Hungarian State Opera Chorus

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.
The unique aspect of Attila Vidnyánszky's production of Bánk bán – a work that maintains its popularity as a result of, or perhaps in spite of, well-executed additions and revisions – is that its text and musical material were created using both the original and baritone versions, in part as a tribute to Imre Palló, the inspiration behind the baritone version.

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