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Levente Szörényi – János Bródy
Stephen, the king

By far the most successful of the Hungarian crop of rock operas, ever since its original album release Stephen, the King has had not only symphonic features but has also been pervaded by the vocal, closed number structure characteristic of traditional operas, the presence of large tableaus, and instrumentation that gives the rock music universal perspectives. The poems for Levente Szörényi, who approached one of the fundamental stories in Hungarian history through Miklos Boldizsar’s play titled Ezredforduló (Turn of the Millennium), was written by his old co-author János Bródy. The Hungarian State Opera production stages the work with operatic instrumentation and opera singers. Thanks to the entirely symphonic score by composer Levente Gyöngyösi and the opera singers participating in the production, the work completely sheds the need for amplification, allowing new treasures to be discovered in the atmosphere of Hungary’s largest theatre, the Erkel in the interpretation of Miklós Szinetár,  the doyen of Hungarian directors.

This production has been made possible through the mediation of the Zikkurat Stage Agency and Melody Kft.


General cast

Conductor
Gergely Kesselyák / Ádám Cser
István
Zoltán Nyári / Adorján Pataki
Sarolt
Ildikó Komlósi / Bernadett Wiedemann
Gizella
Rita Rácz / Kinga Kriszta
Asztrik
István Kovácsházi / Tibor Szappanos
Vecellin
Attila Dobák
Koppány
Levente Molnár / Csaba Szegedi
Torda
Boldizsár László / Péter Balczó
Laborc
Attila Fekete
Réka
Máthé Beáta / Melinda Heiter
Bese
Róbert Rezsnyák
Solt
Zoltán Megyesi
Sur
András Kőrösi
First Narrator
Zoltán Bátki Fazekas
Second Narrator
András Káldi Kiss
First bard
Péter Kiss
Second bard
Tivadar Kiss
Shamaness
Lusine Sahakyan
Boglárka
Zsófia Nagy
Enikő
Eszter Zavaros
Picur
Laura Topolánszky
A mourner
Tamás Szüle / Kolos Kováts
Hont
Márió Matyó
Pázmány
Dávid Tarnai
Featuring
Hungarian State Opera Children's Chorus
Soloist of the Children
Zsuzsanna Júlia Ercsey


Credits

Composer
Szörényi Levente
Librettist
János Bródy
Original work by
Miklós Boldizsár
Orchestrated by
Levente Gyöngyösi
Director
Miklós Szinetár
Set designer
Balázs Horesnyi
Costume designer
Rita Velich
Choreographer
Bertalan Vári
Dramaturg
Eszter Orbán
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki
Video mapping
Limelight
Head of the Children’s Chorus
Nikolett Hajzer

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