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Máté Bella: Spring Awakening

Date: 11 October 2015
Time: 19:00
Place: Liszt Academy — Sir Georg Solti Chamber Hall - Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér, 1061 Magyarország
Telephone: +36 1 462 4600

Frank Wedekind’s ‘child tragedy’ (1891) discussed – in a way that created a scandal at the time – the conflict of desires and instincts rising in adolescence with the bourgeois order founded on repression and control. The highly talented youthful composer Máté Bella composed an opera as an exam performance for the students of the opera department of the Liszt Academy out of the still disturbing and powerful drama.

András Almási-Tóth, the creator, librettist and director of the world premiere in 2012, speaking about the one-act opera, said: “I asked the newly graduated composer to write a piece expressly to the tone of students undergoing exams. I wrote the libretto from Frank Wedekind’s work, picking out motifs, and I may have abstracted the scenes a little to make them timeless, in other words, so that the libretto would not only refer to the time of its origin, that is, the late 19th century, yet not only the present, either. After all, the work is about a general and perennial problem, namely, how society deals with carnality. How it processes the needs of physicality, which, if denied at a certain age, for instance, in young people, can result in terrible tragedy.” The festival programme features the new production that won huge acclaim three years ago.


Wendla: Júlia Hajnóczy
Menyus: Gyula Rab
Marci: Botond Ódor
Director: Zita Szemere
Ilse / Mother: Lucine Sahakyan
Masked Gentleman: Csaba Gaál
Thea: Eszter Zavaros
Martha: Alexandra Ruszó

Featuring: UMZE Chamber Orchestra, students of the Hungarian Dance Academy – dance
Conductor: Gergely Vajda


Máté Bella
Set and costumes:
András Almási-Tóth
Musical assistant:
Mónika Baja, Szabolcs Sándor
Assistant to the director:
Zsófia Haás Vander
Noémi Kulcsár
Libretto, based on Frank Wedekind’s drama:
András Almási-Tóth
András Almási-Tóth
An event jointly organized with the Liszt Academy.

Tickets: http://cafebudapestfest.hu/event?id=71191