The Hungarian State Opera's Season Opener
With their historic home venue currently under construction, the world renowned Hungarian State Opera embarks on a historic tour of US shores, bringing the music of their homeland to New York City's Lincoln Center for a strictly limited run this Fall. The 134 year old company debuts a vibrant program of ballet and opera works, including the US premieres of Ferenc Erkel's Bank Ban and Janos Vajda's one-act opera Mario and the Magician.
Widely acknowledged as the father of Hungarian grand opera, Erkel became a national treasure through his patriotic works, even writing the country's national anthem. The Hungarian State Opera presents his most popular work Bank Ban, a tale of heroism steeped in traditional Hungarian melodies, rhythms and folk lore that has pride of place as the opera's customary season opener. Erkel's sumptuous arrangements and mournful themes punctuate the sweeping Romantic tragedy of Bank, a viceroy to the evil Meran queen Gertrude who is hoodwinked into believing his wife has betrayed him with the queen's duplicitous brother Otto.