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HUNGARIAN STATE OPERA & NATIONAL BALLET | Europe's Opera Nation visits the culture capital of America

Opera and ballet performances
October 30 - November 11, 2011
David H. Koch Theater
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Hungarian State Opera and National Ballet makes its Lincoln Center debut with a rich variety of ballet and opera productions to choose from. It will present Hungarian iconic historical opera pieces: Erkel's Bánk bán (The Viceroy Bánk), Goldmark's The Queen of Sheba, world-famous 20th century one-act operas Vajda's Mario and the Magician and Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle, but also beloved classical ballets: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Petipa and Minkus' Don Quixote. Those who prefer more modern ballet pieces can also see Hans van Manen's 2017 triple bill LOL.

More than 300 performers, 4 operas, 3 ballets, and a gala concert – watch an Opera Nation overtake New York's most prestigious center for classical music. Get your tickets before the rest of New York City discovers this unique set of performances! Apply the Hungarian Cultural Center's very own promo code for an exclusive discount on the tickets – sign up to our newsletter.

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Ferenc Erkel: Bánk Bán (Viceroy Bánk)
October 30, 2018 | 7:30 PM
November 3, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Bánk bán (Viceroy Bánk) is the most important piece both in Hungarian drama literature and opera history. A story about the oppression of the tormented Hungarian people is told with obsessive sincerity by József Katona and by the moving and passionate music of Ferenc Erkel.
A Hungarian lord’s professional and private lives are both influenced by the uncontrolled reign of foreigners. He must take action. But is one man enough to bring justice to people, and will the tragedy of an innocent family change the fate of Hungarians?

Karl Goldmark: The Queen of Sheba
November 2, 2018 | 7:30 PM
According to the ancient scriptures, the Queen of Sheba was obsessed with finding Wisdom and so she journeyed to meet Solomon, who was known to be the wisest of all the rulers of the time, in order to put his knowledge to the test.
Goldmark was born in Hungary to a religious Jewish family and he remained forever true to his native country's culture even after moving to Vienna. He was inspired by the beauty of one of his students to write this feverish and biblically-themed tale of a love triangle between the temperamental queen, a young Jerusalem diplomat and the daughter of the high priest.

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János Vajda: Mario and the Magician; Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle
November 1,  2018 | 7:30 PM
Two brilliant 20th-century one-act operas in one evening: both Hungarian and both about the deepest functioning of the human mind and how the psyche can be influenced.

Mario and the Magician by János Vajda is based on the famous short story by Thomas Mann depicts the effects of blind extremism and mass hypnosis.
Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók: How far do we let other people into our minds, our soul, and our past? And what happens if someone pushes their way into our consciousness even though we haven't let them in? The world-famous opera of Béla Bartók and Béla Balázs offers insight into the various layers and stages of the relationship between men and women.

Gala Concert – The greatest Hungarian melodies
November 4, 2018 | 7:00 PM
A magnificent selection of classical Hungarian composers such as Bartók, Erkel, Kodály, Liszt,  and others performed by the best soloists of the Opera and the most talented dancers of the Ballet. Conductor: Gergely Kesselyák.

Rudi van Dantzig – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
November 7, 2018 | 7:00 PM
Tchaikovsky’s first ballet is the most beloved classical piece in ballet literature: while the hardships of love between a prince forced into marriage and a maiden enchanted into the form of a swan is one of the most charming Russian romantic fairy tales, the piece nevertheless failed at its original premiere in 1877.
The same female ballet dancer portrays both Odette – the pure, innocent white swan– and Odile – the seductive, manipulative black swan in the Hungarian National Ballet’s production.

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Michael Messerer – Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote
November 9, 2018 | 8:00 PM
An avid and passionate reader of chivalric romances, Don Quixote decides that for the sake of his own glory and the common good, he must set out in search of adventures as a knight-errant. He sets for himself an objective no lower than to "redress grievances, right wrongs, and repair injustices."
The ballet primarily focuses on a humorous love story taken from the novel by Cervantes: the tale of Kitri and Basilio, who – despite all adversity – live happily ever after through the intervention of Don Quixote. Don Quixote was the first of a number of jointly crafted ballets that resulted from the collaboration between Marius Petipa and Ludwig Minkus.

Hans van Manen: LOL
November 11, 2018 | 2:00 PM
Hans van Manen is one of those few choreographers who has succeeded in popularizing modern ballet across a wide audience, thanks to the combination of classical ballet, modern dance, and other movement techniques. He is one of the pioneers of the dance artists assisting in the establishment of this new art form manifesting a synthesis of academic and other dance techniques.
Trois Gnossiennes is the third and central work in Hans van Manen's Piano Variations cycle from 1980-84. Manen choreographed this sensual duet about resignation, trust, and harmony to the magical and melancholic music of Erik Satie.
The piece 5 Tangos is set to the music of Astor Piazzolla. It is a hit play flowing with fiery energy, tango and something more.
The Black Cake was a present of van Manen to his beloved Nederland Dans Theater that turned 30 in 1989. It is a festive parody of five movements built on humor.


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