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April 2022

Festival play in three acts, in German with Hungarian and English surtitles


Conductor - Christian Badea

Director - András Mikó

Program and cast

Conductor: Balázs Kocsár
Amfortas: Michele Kalmandy
Titurel: István Rácz
Gurnemanz: András Palerdi
Parsifal: István Kovácsházi, Peter Seiffert
Klingsor: Károly Szemerédy
Kundry: Andrea Szántó
Old Kundry: Judit Németh
First page: Eszter Zavaros
Second page: Anna Csenge Fürjes
Third page: Tivadar Kiss
Fourth page: Barna Bartos univ. stud.
I/1st flower-maiden: Lilla Horti
I/2nd flower-maiden: Ildikó Megyimórecz
I/3rd flower-maiden: Lusine Sahakyan
II/1st flower-maiden: Beatrix Fodor
II/2nd flower-maiden: Sárközi Xénia
II/3rd flower-maiden: Melinda Heiter
Parsifal's Mother / A Voice from above: Gabriella Balga
First Grail knight: József Mukk
Second Grail knight: András Káldi Kiss
The young Parsifal: Benjámin Taba
Young Parsifal: Kóbor Demeter
The child Parsifal: Milos Katonka
Flower-maidens: Bea Egyed

Hungarian State Opera

The Opera House is not only one of the most significant art relic of Budapest, but the symbol of the Hungarian operatic tradition of more than three hundred years as well. The long-awaited moment in Hungarian opera life arrived on September 27, 1884, when, in the presence of Franz Joseph I. the Opera House was opened amid great pomp and ceremony. The event, however, erupted into a small scandal - the curious crowd broke into the entrance hall and overran the security guards in order to catch a glimpse of the splendid Palace on Sugar út. Designed by Mikós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture, the construction lived up to the highest expectations. Ornamentation included paintings and sculptures by leading figures of Hungarian art of the time: Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely, Mór Than and Alajos Stróbl. The great bronze chandelier from Mainz and the stage machinery moda by the Asphaleia company of Vienna were both considered as cutting-edge technology at that time.


Many important artists were guests here including Gustav Mahler, the composer who was director in Budapest from 1887 to 1891. He founded the international prestige of the institution, performing Wagner operas as well as Magcagni’ Cavalleria Rusticana. The Hungarian State Opera has always maintained high professional standards, inviting international stars like Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Monserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Cura, Thomas Hampson and Juan Diego Flórez to perform on its stage. The Hungarian cast include outstanding and renowed artists like Éva Marton, Ilona Tokody, Andrea Rost, Dénes Gulyás, Attila Fekete and Gábor Bretz.

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