Karol Józef Wojtyła

Przed sklepem jubilera (The Jeweller's Shop) – ONLINE stream

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Contemplation on the sacrament of marriage with Krzysztof Penderecki's music, in one part, in Hungarian

Video study for a performance in the making

The namesake of the square where the Erkel Theatre is situated was the author of serious literary works and had close ties to the theatrical world: during his university years, the future Pope John Paul II organised literary gatherings and belonged to several dramatic companies, some of which he led. Karol Wojtyłá’s 1960 dialogue in verse The Jeweller’s Shop centres on three couples who go to a jeweller’s shop to obtain engagement rings. By relating the stories of the different couples, the philosophical text examines the themes of love and the sanctity of marriage. In this production, the Opera has paired the Polish “dramatist” with the always remarkable sounding musical world of his friend the recently deceased contemporary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki as accompaniment for the prose actors.

In association with Vörösmarty Theatre of Székesfehérvár.

This performance is available free of charge on the Facebook channel of the Hungarian State Opera and also on Origo.hu, from 7:00 p.m. on 3 April 2021 until midnight on 5 April 2021.
Ildikó Tóth
Unknown man / Adam
Sándor Gáspár
Andrzej / Krzysztof
Tamás Kovács
Gabriella Varga
Bianka Ballér
Featuring on first violin
Alexandre Anatolii Dimcevski
Featuring on second violin
Áron Dóczi
Featuring on viola
Péter Kondor
Featuring on cello
Endre Balog
Recorded music performed by
the Hungarian State Opera Chorus


Premiere: April 3, 2021

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage