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The Rhine Nixies

Venue: Erkel Theatre

1087 Budapest
II. János Pál pápa tér 30
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Composer: Jacques Offenbach

Offenbach is frequently considered to be a composer merely of operettas and other light musicals who produced only one truly serious piece: Les contes d'Hoffmann. The French composer, however, composed more than 650 works altogether, and his first opera, Die Rheinnixen (which includes the famous Barcarolle theme familiar from the later Hoffmann) has been unjustly forgotten. 


The piece depicts a country shattered by internal warfare through an unusual love story. Composed with astonishing richness, this sparkling and glittering work combines poetry and politics, dreams and reality and the supernatural and the realistic. The work is being given its Hungarian premiere in a production by Ferenc Anger.

Program details

Conductor: Gergely Kesselyák 
Conrad von Wenckheim: Csaba Szegedi
Franz Waldung: Boldizsár László 
Gottfried: Krisztián Cser 
Hedwig: Andrea Ulbrich 
Armgard: Rita Rácz

Charles Nuitter's French libretto was translated by Alfred von Wolzogen 
Director: Ferenc Anger 
Set designer: Éva Szendrényi 
Choreographer: Marianna Venekei 
Costume designer: Gergely Zöldy Z 
Dramaturg: Eszter Orbán

Erkel Theatre

Opened in 1911 originally, the Erkel Theatre is Hungary’s largest theatre building. Its history is intertwined with the golden age of Hungarian opera performance, with such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Éva Marton and Grace Bumbry all having graced the stage of a building whose acoustics are considered the stuff of opera legend.

After being shuttered up for more than five years with its fate in doubt following closure in 2007, the Hungarian government last year provided 1.7 billion forints in grants for the theatre’s renewal, allowing the Hungarian State Opera to renovate the Erkel Theatre to a standard suitable for holding performances.

Much of the refurbishments took place behind the scenes, with soloist and shared dressing rooms and common areas refitted and expanded. In addition, the stage’s technical equipment has undergone significant modernisation, while the building’s service systems (water, plumbing, heating and ventilation) have also been brought up to date.

Audiences will now step into an auditorium with a completely new look, while every effort was made to ensure that the building's fantastic acoustic properties remained unchanged. A factor that will greatly increase comfort is the modern ventilation system installed in the seating area. Although the number of seats has been reduced from 1,935 to 1,819 by refitting the rows of seats for more comfort, the theatre nevertheless retains its rank as the highest capacity theatre in Hungary – and in Eastern Central Europe.

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