Cross Cantatas

Cross Cantatas

Cantatas in Hungarian and German, with Hungarian and English surtitles
For the first time on the programme of the Opera


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Last event date: Monday, April 18 2022 7:00PM

Although Johann Sebastian Bach never wrote an opera, the vocal portion of his oeuvre is permeated with a profound understanding of and remarkable feel for dramaturgy. It is with such sophistication that he sets – and even creates – the lyrics to the five lines of the staff, and his musical notation woven with the sigh motif of the cross-bearer woven from webs of the double-crosses of sharps notes is sometimes so refined, that performing them amidst large sets in enormous spaces would present a formidable challenge. Nevertheless, the Opera strives to expand the boundaries of the genre, and this spirit is being embodied in yet another experiment: a production that dresses up the great cross cantatas, written for bass voice, in the additional possibilities available from total art.


Featuring a different Hungarian church choir at each performance and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.



Concept by: Szilveszter Ókovács

Hungarian text: János Lackfi

Director: Csaba Horváth

Choreographer: Csaba Horváth

Set designer: Zoltán Kalászi | Kristóf Kiss Benedek

Costume designer: Mari Benedek

Dramaturg: Diána Eszter Mátrai

English surtitles: Arthur Roger Crane



Conductor: Péter Halász | László Bartal

Bass: István Kovács

Featuring: Forte Társulat

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