Erkel Ferenc

Bánk bán


Videó bezárása

The text and musical material for the production have been created using both the original and the baritone versions of

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").

Opera in two parts, three acts, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles
Age limit: over 14 years

Premiere: Sept. 9, 2017

Director: Vidnyánszky Attila

General cast:
Conductor: Ádám Medveczky

Endre II, king of Hungary: András Káldi Kiss
Gertrud, his queen: Erika Gál
Bánk bán, the viceroy: István Kovácsházi
Melinda, his wife Orsolya: Hajnalka Rőser
Otto, Gertrud's younger brother: Tibor Szappanos
Tiborc, a peasant: Tamás Busa
Petur bán, leader of the nobles: Zoltán Kelemen
Biberach, a knight-errant: Lajos Geiger
A royal officer: Róbert Rezsnyák

Librettist: Kálmán Nádasdy / Béni Egressy
Director: Attila Vidnyánszky
Set designer: Oleksandr Bilozub
Costume designer: Viktória Nagy
Choreographer: Árpád Könczei
Dramaturg: Eszter Orbán
English surtitles: Arthur Roger Crane
Chorus director: Gábor Csiki

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