Joseph Haydn

L'isola disabitata


Comic opera in two acts, in Hungarian

They say nothing happens by chance. In 1779, fire broke out in the Eszterházy Castle in Fertőd. The Chinese ballroom and the famous theatre hall both burned to the ground, but, in a manner verging on the miraculous, the fire did not reach Haydn’s living quarters. The fateful event occurred just a few weeks before the premiere of The Deserted Island. Had the fire done more damage, we would never have known about this royal Robinson Crusoe tale of misunderstanding, along with who knows how many other works.

Haydn. When we hear his name, we think of symphonies, string quartets, and perhaps oratorios. Operas do not come to mind so much, even though he wrote 15 of them. This season, audiences will be able to watch the fourteenth of these, performed on the mini-stage on the Royal Staircase in a production by the Moltopera under the direction of a student of the University of Theatre and Film Arts.

Photographer: Rákossy Péter
Youth programme

General cast

Conductor
Csaba Tőri
Silvia
Renáta Göncz
Costanza
Eszter Balogh
Enrico
László Ágoston / Zoltán Gradsach
Gernando
József Csapó
Introduction

Creators

Composer
Joseph Haydn
Director
Zsófi Geréb
Librettist
Metastasio Pietro
Translator
László Ágoston
Set Designer
Virág Pázmány
Costume Designer
Szilvia Nagy