Special Days in the Home of Hungarian Opera
As the nation’s largest cultural institution, the Hungarian State Opera feels an obligation to the entire Hungarian nation and its culture. For this reason, since January 2013, we have been showing artistically realised étude films by prior to the evening’s performance on seven of the nation’s and the Opera’s most important days of mourning and memorial, all accompanied by the orchestra playing excerpts of music fitting for the occasion, since in the turbulence of everyday life and work, many visitors do not even realise when these dates have arrived on the calendar. The animated series is the work of film director Géza M. Tóth.
To access the films click on the individual titles.
6 October: Day of Memorial for the Martyrs of Arad (Erkel: Hunyadi László – Funeral March)
4 November: Day of Memorial for the Crushing of the 1956 Revolution (Beethoven: Egmont Overture)
7 November: Day of Hungarian Opera – Ferenc Erkel's birthday (Erkel: Bánk Bán / The Viceroy Bánk – Bánk's aria)
22 January: Day of Hungarian Culture (Kodály: Song from Háry János Suite)
25 February: Day of Memorial for Victims of Communist Dictatorships (Dohnányi: Stabat Mater, 1953)
16 April: Day of Memorial for Victims of the Holocaust (Mahler: Rückert-Lieder – Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen)
4 June: Day of National Solidarity – Trianon Memorial Day (Bartók: Hungarian Pictures – An Evening in the Village)