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On the bicentenary of the world premiere of the play which would serve as the basis of the first surviving Hungarian opera, the 50th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály’s death and the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of Béla Bartók’s The Wooden Prince, the Opera has announced a Hungarian-themed season. To crown this, over the course of a few weeks, between 10 May and 10 June, 2017, two centuries of Hungarian opera will be presented in a grand series that includes works by composers as early as József Ruzitska, as recent as Judit Varga and Levente Gyöngyösi, and all major Hungarian opera composers in between, as well as several indispensable choreographic works. The operatic events of HungarianFest, predominantly made up of fully-staged dramatic performances, along with a smaller number of concert performances and a few film screenings of opera performances, will be recorded: the CD series will be bound together with an essay written by András Batta, professor of musicology and former rector of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, and sent to public libraries and collections. This season will also be about remembering the Hungarian Revolution of 1956: HungarianFest will include exactly 56 works created by Hungarian composers and choreographers.