The Opera is planning to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri. The night provides a possibility for examining the relationship between Dante’s oeuvre and Hungarian culture and the cultural connections between Hungary and Italy. The program deals with the relationships between Dante and music and Hungarian musicians, and it features a performance of Liszt’s grandiose piece performed in the manner originally intended by the composer, with projected images. Excerpts will also be played from Emil Ábrányi, Jr.’s Divine Comedy theatrical opera composed for the 600th anniversary, which premiered in the Opera House. This will be followed by the “main course”: Puccini’s comic opera, also centred around Dante’s work, in a concert performance.

The chief patron of the gala will be Zsolt Semjén, Deputy Prime Minister.


First part

Liszt: Dante Sonata
Featuring on piano: József Balog

Emil Ábrányi: Paolo and Francesca – excerpts

Featuring: Szilvia Rálik, István Kovácsházi
Featuring on piano: Kálmán Szennai

Second part

Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Gianni Schicchi: Zoltán Kelemen
Lauretta: Orsolya Sáfár
Zita: Bernadett Wiedemann
Rinuccio: Péter Balczó
Gherardo: János Szerekován
Nella: Bori Keszei
Betto: András Kiss
Simone: Tamás Szüle
Marco: Attila Erdős
Ciesca: Mária Farkasréti
Spinelloccio: András Kőrösi
Amantio di Nicolao: Zoltán Bátki Fazekas
Pinellino: Lehel Tihamér Borbély
Guccio: Lőrinc Kósa
Gherardino: Sári Edit Jutasi


Premiere: Sept. 12, 2021

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage