Staged oratorio in three parts, without intermission, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles
For the first time on the programme of the Opera
Proclaiming (notably with the popular “Hallelujah” chorus) the coming and resurrection of the Saviour, Messiah remains to this day one of the most popular of Handel’s works. A little under half a century after its 1742 world premiere in Dublin, it was performed for the first time in the revised and rescored German-language version Der Messias created by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The “German Messiah” thus is the fruit of an extraordinary “collaboration” between two geniuses: the scintillating brilliance of Handel as interpreted by Mozart.
With Ferenc Anger directing, Mozart’s arrangement is sung in a new Hungarian translation by Ádám Nádasdy.
Premiere: Dec. 21, 2019
“The libretto to Messiah contains virtually no narrative or dramatic elements at all, and is completely devoid of any storyline or theatrical dialogue. Director Ferenc Anger and his creative team have reflected all of this by staging a sequence of events without a traditional plot or any tangible conflict. (...) Through its visual effect and depiction of human bodies, this production eventually illustrated a more profound narrative.”
Péter Merényi, Revizor Online