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Singspiel in three parts, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

“Such a wonderful tale. Pongrác Kacsóh followed in the tracks of the poet without wiping off the butterfly wing scale with rough hands; his fantastic, gorgeous music is distinctly different from any operetta we have heard before with its Hungarian motives and genuine folk style”, reports on the 1904 premier of John the Valiant the newspaper called Újság. It might sound incredible, but the title role was played by the great prima donna Sári Fedák. “When I had sung ‘A single rose says it better’, the fate of the work was sealed. Everyone was crying in the audience, and I cried with them.” There was hardly a season since its opera house premier in 1931 when it was not included in the programme. With John the Valiant, the OPERA wishes to honour the 200th anniversary of Sándor Petőfi’s birth in 2023.

General cast
John the Valiant......................................... Gergely Boncsér
Iluska......................................................... Zsófia Kálnay
Bagó.......................................................... Csaba Sándor
The French King........................................
The French Princess................................. Zita Szemere
Stepmother of Iluska................................. Bernadett Wiedemann
Sergeant.................................................... Máté Fülep
The field guard of the village..................... Géza Gábor
Bartolo, a scientist..................................... Péter Kiss

Authors
Composer: Pongrác Kacsóh
Music revised by: Jenő Kenessey
Librettist: Jenő Heltai / Károly Bakonyi
Director: Máté Szabó
Set designer
Costume designer
English surtitles: Arthur Roger Crane
Chorus director: Gábor Csiki

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