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Peasant opera

Béla Pintér author, director, actor – Szilvia Baranyi actress – József Tóth actor – Éva Enyedi actor – Zsófia Szamosi actress – Sándor Bencze actor – Tamás Deák actor – Bertalan Veér violin – Gábor Pelva violin – László Nyíri violin – György Póta double-bass – Bea Berecz voice teacher – Zoltán Vida lighting design – Tamás Gresicki sound – Tamás Kulifay technician – Gábor Tamás set design – Péter Horgas set design – Mari Benedek costumes – Anna Hidvégi production

Peasant opera

Béla Pintér author, director, actor – József Tóth actor – Zsófia Szamosi actress – Tünde Szalontay actress – Szabolcs Thuróczy actor – Benedek Darvas music, harpsichord, viola – Gábor Pelva violin – György Póta double-bass – Bea Berecz voice teacher – Tamás Kulifay technician – Rozália Hajdú direction assistance – Gábor Tamás set design – Mari Benedek costumes – Anna Hidvégi production

Peasant opera

Szilvia Baranyi actress – László Nyíri violin – Tamás Kulifay technician – Gyula Inhaizer administration – Anna Hidvégi production – Béla Pintér and Company

Peasant opera

Béla Pintér author, director, actor – Szilvia Baranyi actress – József Tóth actor – Éva Enyedi actor – Zsófia Szamosi actress – Tünde Szalontay actress – Sándor Bencze actor – Szabolcs Thuróczy actor – Tamás Deák actor – Benedek Darvas music, harpsichord, viola – Bertalan Veér violin – Gábor Pelva violin – László Nyíri violin – György Póta double-bass – Bea Berecz voice teacher – Zoltán Vida lighting design – Tamás Gresicki sound – Tamás Kulifay technician – Rozália Hajdú direction assistance – Gábor Tamás set design – Péter Horgas set design – Mari Benedek costumes – Gyula Inhaizer administration – Anna Hidvégi production – Béla Pintér and Company


Béla Pintér is without a doubt one of the shining lights of the Hungarian theater's new generation. Peasant Opera, one of his most famous productions, is a farcical tale of taboos and traditions set in the Hungarian countryside. Considered as one of Pintér’s most emblematic plays, The Peasant Opera has know a tremendous success since its premiere in 2002.

The powerfully constructed performance attacks the boundaries of comedy and tragedy as Pintér lampoons the unraveling lives of a pregnant bride and groom who discover they are related, their unborn child an unfortunate, growing symbol of accidental inbreeding. Add to this a score that inventively blends the earthy sounds of Hungarian folk songs with the ordered conventions of baroque music (Händel! Bach! John Denver!) , and you get a strange yet surprisingly satisfying result.

Meshing tradition and folklore, Pintér’s Peasant Opera is a satire of the highest order presented in
cities all over Hungary, Europe and North America. It has received several awards, among which the
Hungarian Critics’ Award for “The Best Musical Production of the Year”.

Performance in Hungarian, surtitle in French and Dutch