Cavalleria Rusticana - Pagliacci

Cavalleria Rusticana - Opera in one act, in Italian with Hungarian and English surtitles

Pagliacci - Opera in two acts without intermission, in Italian with Hungarian and English surtitles

Program and cast

Cast


Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Turiddu: Boldizsár László
Santuzza: Ildikó Komlósi
Lucia: Éva Balatoni
Alfio: Alexandru Agache
Lola: Zsófia Kálnay


Credits


Libretto after the play of the same name by Giovanni Verga: Guido Menasci / Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti
Director: Georges Delnon
Set designer: Madeleine Schleich
Costume designer: Prisca Baumann
Hungarian surtitles: Judit Kenesey
English surtitles: Arthur Roger Crane
Head of the Children's Chorus: Nikolett Hajzer
Chorus director: Gábor Csiki


Pagliacci


Opera in Italian, with Hungarian surtitles
Cast


Conductor: Paolo Carignani
Canio: Boldizsár László
Nedda: Gabriella Létay Kiss
Tonio: Zoltán Kelemen
Peppe: Tibor Szappanos
Silvio: Zsolt Haja


Credits


Librettist: Ruggero Leoncavallo
Director: Georges Delnon
Set designer: Madeleine Schleich
Costume designer: Prisca Baumann
Hungarian surtitles: Judit Kenesey
English surtitles: Arthur Roger Crane
Head of the Children's Chorus: Nikolett Hajzer
Chorus director: Gábor Csiki

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Erkel Theatre

Opened in 1911 originally, the Erkel Theatre is Hungary’s largest theatre building. Its history is intertwined with the golden age of Hungarian opera performance, with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Éva Marton and Grace Bumbry all having graced the stage of a building whose acoustics are considered the stuff of opera legend.

After being shuttered up for more than five years with its fate in doubt following closure in 2007, the Hungarian government last year provided 1.7 billion forints in grants for the theatre’s renewal, allowing the Hungarian State Opera to renovate the Erkel Theatre to a standard suitable for holding performances.

Much of the refurbishments took place behind the scenes, with soloist and shared dressing rooms and common areas refitted and expanded. In addition, the stage’s technical equipment has undergone significant modernisation, while the building’s service systems (water, plumbing, heating and ventilation) have also been brought up to date.

Audiences will now step into an auditorium with a completely new look, while every effort was made to ensure that the building's fantastic acoustic properties remained unchanged. A factor that will greatly increase comfort is the modern ventilation system installed in the seating area. Although the number of seats has been reduced from 1,935 to 1,819 by refitting the rows of seats for more comfort, the theatre nevertheless retains its rank as the highest capacity theatre in Hungary – and in Eastern Central Europe.

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