Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario)

contemporary opera 12

Singspiel in one act, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

The singers are trampling over each other for positions in the company and attempting to squeeze as much cash as they can out of the director, who is (naturally) in a financial pickle and wondering what to perform at the theatre: “Put your hand on your heart: is it not true that the worst pieces bring us the most money, and masterpieces leave the auditorium empty?” A “patron” of Madame Silberklang promises to furnish the director with funds if he signs his favourite singer. The ladies indulge in a “singing competition”, with each of them delivering a bravura aria to show off their vocal virtuosity, and while both sing about serious subjects, each attempts to “out-sing” their rival. Then, in a trio, they hysterically try to surpass each other’s coloratura’s in order to prove which of them is the prima donna.

Sámuel Csaba Tóth
Hans Buff, an impresario
Zoltán Bátki Fazekas
Brigitte Herz, his wife
Bernáth Éva Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser
Selim Hekeri, a plastics mogul
Julia Silberklang, an amateur primadonna
Zita Szemere Lilla Horti
Johann Vogelsang, a tenor
József Mukk Tibor Szappanos


Premiere: May 12, 2014