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Following the success of Mario and the Magician, Leonce and Lena and Mrs Karnyó, this is the fourth work by János Vajda to be staged at the Opera, this one based on both Molière’s Le malade imaginaire and the stage play that Mikhail Bulgakov wrote about the French comedian, The Cabal of Hypocrites. Vajda’s new opera is simultaneously hilariously witty and thought-provoking: “This is my first opera to be based around an idea of my own. My original thinking was to compose music for Bulgakov’s piece, which is about Molière’s life, with Le malade imaginaire unfolding in the background. Then I started to feel that the situation instead should be reversed, with Molière’s comedy taking the foreground and the French playwright’s life and struggles receding into the background. What was the reason for this mirror image? I felt that I had discovered the appropriate music for Molière’s work, meaning that his life story had to be the subordinate thread throughout the entire work.”

Cast
Conductor
János Kovács
Molière / Argan
András Hábetler
Béline
Bernadett Wiedemann
Angelica
Lilla Horti
Cléante
György Hanczár
Toinette
Éva Bátori
Dr. Purgo
István Rácz
Teofil
Gergely Biri
Loius
Szilveszter Ókovács
 
 Authors
Composer
János Vajda
Libretto based on the comedies The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere and The Cabal of Hypocrites by Mikhail Bulgakov by
 
Szabolcs Várady
Director
Máté Szabó
Set designer
Renátó Cseh
Costume designer
Anni Füzér
Dramaturg
Diána Eszter Mátrai
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane

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