Johann Sebastian Bach


contemporary opera 8 premiere

March 26., Saturday 19:00

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage

Cantatas in Hungarian and German, with Hungarian and English surtitles

For the first time on the programme of the Opera

Although Johann Sebastian Bach never wrote an opera, the vocal portion of his oeuvre is permeated with a profound understanding of and remarkable feel for dramaturgy. It is with such sophistication that he sets – and even creates – the lyrics to the five lines of the staff, and his musical notation woven with the sigh motif of the cross-bearer woven from webs of the double-crosses of sharps notes is sometimes so refined, that performing them amidst large sets in enormous spaces would present a formidable challenge. Nevertheless, the Opera strives to expand the boundaries of the genre, and this spirit is being embodied in yet another experiment: a production that dresses up the great cross cantatas, written for bass voice, in the additional possibilities available from total art.
Featuring a different Hungarian church choir at each performance and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.

Featuring the Palestrina Choir of Győr (chorus master: Tibor Katona)


Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
March 26, 2022
Start time
7 p.m.
End time
8 p.m.
Concept by
Szilveszter Ókovács
Hungarian text
János Lackfi
Csaba Horváth
Csaba Horváth
Set designer
Zoltán Kalászi Kristóf Kiss Benedek
Costume designer
Mari Benedek
Diána Eszter Mátrai
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane


Premiere: March 26, 2022

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage