Gian Carlo Menotti

The Telephone

Comic opera in one act, in Hungarian

In the entire history of men asking women to marry them, anything that could go wrong has gone wrong at one time or another: the parents don't consent, the bride is in love with someone else, or perhaps the groom is, somebody dies, a war breaks out – the list goes on and on. An American fellow named Ben also runs into a hurdle as he attempts to pop the question. While his is not quite as dramatic as the ones enumerated above, those whose partners in life happen to be addicted to their telephones shouldn't be surprised by what it is. L’amour à trois.

Before leaving on a journey, Ben is paying a visit to Lucy, the object of his affection, and he's secretly got a big plan in the works: he's going to ask for the girl's hand in marriage. Whenever he gets to the big moment, however, the telephone rings, leading to a lengthy session of chattering on the part of his beloved. Out of desperation, Ben even attempts to sever the telephone cord, but in the end still doesn't manage to ask the momentous question: he has to leave in order to catch his train. Shortly after he departs, Lucy's telephone rings again. It's Ben. By calling from a telephone booth, he's finally able to ask Lucy to marry him, and she happily agrees. A love duet ensues – via telephone.

Photo by Herman Péter

General cast

Géza Köteles
Orsolya Sáfár
Zoltán Bátki Fazekas
The telephone
Kristóf Poroszlay


Gian-Carlo Menotti
András Almási-Tóth
Set Designer
One Nikon
Costume Designer
Krisztina Lisztopád
Klára Pataky


2014. September 06., Sat, 17:00
2014. September 20., Sat, 18:00
2014. September 20., Sat, 22:45
2014. September 21., Sun, 18:00