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About the program

Since the concept premiered at the Budapest Opera House in 1956, the Hungarian audience has often been able to hear the opera Bluebeard’s Castle, the pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin and the ballet The Wooden Prince, in one concert. Our concert will feature the staged versions of the latter work.
“It may sound strange,” said Bartók on the day of The Wooden Prince’s premiere, “but I must confess that the neglect of my opera Bluebeard’s Castle gave me the momentum to write this ballet. As you may know, that work of mine flopped at an opera contest … I love my first opera so much that when I received the ballet’s script from Béla Balázs, I immediately thought that, with its flamboyance, colourful, rich and varied stories, that ballet would make it possible to stage my two works on a single night.” The resounding success of the piece did indeed open the doors for Bluebeard’s Castle.


Béla Bartók: Hungarian Peasant Songs
Hungarian Folk Songs
Béla Bartók: The Wooden Prince


Iván Fischer


Krisztián Gergye


Márta Sebestyén, vocals
Krisztián Gergye Company