Concert-version opera performance in three acts, in French, with Hungarian and English surtitles
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The 16th of December marks several noteworthy birthdays, including those of Zoltán Kodály and Beethoven. Also entering this world on that day, in his case in 1775, was François-Adrien Boieldieu. The great master of piano music and early French Romantic opera effortlessly charms the audience with his 27 operas and the freshness, creativity and melodic world for which he is known. Boieldieu spent seven years amassing accolades in Saint Petersburg before returning to France to become one of his homeland’s most outstanding composers. Among his best-known works is La dame blanche. In the French Muse Season, and on Saint Maurice’s Day, no less, the Opera will be presenting a true curiosity: an opera depicting the life and adventures of the legendary Polish-Hungarian traveller, writer, explorer and, last but not least, king of Madagascar Maurycy August Beniowski, focusing on his clash with the Russian czar and subsequent exile to Kamchatka. This will be the first performance of the work in Hungary.