After last year’s very successful debut with Haydn’s The desert island (L’isola disabitata), Moltopera will perform in Hungarian State Opera in the next season, too. The new premiere,The Hopping from the Seraglio, a children’s opera is directed by János Novák.
Moltopera debuted in the Hungarian State Opera on 23rd November 2014 with the Zsófi Geréb-directed The desert island and was very successful not only according to critics, but also according to the Opera House’s management. Hungarian State Opera has not only asked Moltopera to keep on performing The desert island during the next season, but also to present a new opera.
The new piece is a children’s version of the well-known opera of W. A. Mozart, The Abduction from the Seraglio. Although ’The Desert Island’ aims also on teenagers, the new premiere is for children between 6 and 10 years. It is directed by the Jászai Mari Award-laureate János Novák, head of Kolibri Theatre, and conducted by the Lantos Rezső-prize awarded Csaba Tőri. The cast, as always, will be composed from young singers between the age of 20 and 35 who will have to face some extraordinary challenges.
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Moltopera has debuted at Hungarian State Opera on the 23rd of November.
Crowded house waited Moltopera for their debut in the Operahouse's new concert venue, the Royal Staircase, some were even standing during the performance. Movabvle "cubes" equipped with remote controlled colourful lights symbolized the island of lonelyness and moving picures projected to the antique mirror made the performance even more extraordinary. The young musicians were also succesful to turn a vis maior to their advance: the General Director of Moltopera (László Ágoston) covered succesfully Zoltán Gradsach, who should have played Enrico, one of the main charatcters but due to an unfortunate illness had to cancel just one day before the premiére.
Moltopera brought closer the world of opera to hundreds of German students in May, 2014. 13- to 16-year-olds were attending László Ágoston's fresh, interactive and youthful lectures in 5 schools in the Görlitz area supported by the European Union and Skoda Klische.
Students expected something worse in the beginning
The May of 2014 is gioing to be memorable for the members of Moltopera (László Ágoston General Manager, Renáta Göncz singer, András Emszt pianist and Renáta Burghardt executive) not just because of the successful artistic debut in the Saxon State Parliament, but also because of the first educational programme abroad. Organized by Moltopera Germany we have visited schools in Rothenburg, Görlitz, Niesky, Rauschwalde and Löbau during the projectweek.
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Beacuse of the absence of their permanent members Marcell Szabó pianist is pinch-hitting for Moltopera in the Sziget Festival.
I. prize in the 6th International Béla Bartók Piano Competition Szeged, III. prize in the XXXIII. International Piano Competition Delia Steinberg Madrid, I. prize in thei XVI. Ile de France International Piano Competition Paris - awards just from the last six months from Marcell Szabó's career. After the permanent accompanists can not participate the Sziget Festival, he helped out Moltopera gladly.
"We have been friends for a great while so I'm happy to perform with them. Personally I prefer "serene" classical music, but we have to open to the new audiences, even to the loud world of rock festivals. It's going to be unusual for many reason - mainly as I have to accompany, but I really do beleive that people who will join us between two punk-rock concert with a beer in their hands are also a very precious audience and we can show something interesting enough to convince them to come also next day."
Moltopera will perform in the Fidelio Kulturzóna from 19.40 every night, right before the programme of the Hungarian State Opera.
Video about the rehearsals in Hungarian.
Second man in the state, Mr. Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert Bundestagspräsident (President of the German Parliament) also liked our concert. (Photos of Peter Henning)
On 12 May 2014 Moltopera participated a really extraordinary event: the Republic of Poland awarded Prof. Dr. phil. Dr. habil. Matthias Theodor Vogt German historician, musicologist, the founder and director of Institut für kulturelle Infrastruktur Sachsen (IKS) - and also a very important supporter of the Moltopera Germany - with the Order of Merit. We payed our respect to him with a short concert in the State Parliament of Saxony in Dresden in front of international excellencies.
András Emszt, Renáta Burghardt, Renáta Göncz, László Ágoston and Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Parliament
Our programme of Hungarian composers started with Serenade of the puppet (Paprika Jancsi szerenádja) from Ferenc Farkas, performed by Renáta Göncz (accompained by András Emszt), then came Zoltán Kodály's Dudanóta - a really Hungarian-like, virtuoso song to rise our audience's blood-pressure a bit. Our short greeting ended with a premiére: our friend and permanent member, Viktor Magyaróvári (aka Kayamar) composed a duett for this occasion on the poem of Attila József titled Gyönyörűt láttam. Beside the extraordinary expreience and the recognitions we also gathered a few concert invitation for the future to company events and saloon-concerts, as well. This is how are week started but yet to came the challenge to convince hundreds of German students about opera - to be continued...
Finally here is the video with our Ars Poetica! (The animation was made by Dávid Dell'Edera)
A double page article is published about Moltopera in Hungarian State Opera's official opera magazine reaching more than 20 000 Hungarian operalovers about our premiere on the 23rd November!
Balázs Simon's clip, the animator of the Moltopera-logo (with David Delledera) is among the six best video clips in London, at the UK Music Video Awards fesztival! His animation was introduced by the Noisey and since then 64 000 have seen it on Youtube and 214 000 on Vimeo. Check out his earlier work with our permanent member and componist, Kayamar here:
On 23 November 2014 debutes Moltopera in the Hungarian State Opera. Until 20 December we are going to have 6 performances in a row with the Haydn-rarity: "L'isola disabitata".
The four young singers (Renáta Göncz, Eszter Balogh, József Csapó and Zoltán Gradsach) will be accompained by András Emszt (piano) and a small ensemble of the orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera conducted by Csaba Tőri (below). The venue the new "chamber theater" in the Királyi Lépcsőház will be where mainly young audiences are awaited.
Three young singers of the Moltopera Company - Renáta Göncz, Judit Bercsényi and István Handó - represented Hungary in Don Giovanni of the Junge Oper Shloss Weikersheim.
The performance (director: Dominik Wilgenbus, conductor: Bruno Weil) was produced by the Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland, the Jeunesses Musicales Hungary and the Moltopera Company. The opening night was on the 25th July, after a one-month rehearsal-period. The first night was followed by 10 full house performances, so the opera has been seen by almost 10 000 person altogether. The show - which was presented in the garden of the castle of Werkensheim - was a real international production, because there were German, Hungarian, Croatian, Norwegian and also Dutch artists in the company. The German organisers of the performance asked especially the Moltopera Company to cooperate. The Moltopera - after an open casting - chose the three most suitable singers for the choir work. The project was really successful; the German partners have already started to discuss abut further cooperation with Moltopera.
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On the 31th of January, 2013 Moltopera Company has debuted in the National Theater of Pécs. We performed "La Bohéme" of Puccini in a narrated, shortened version.
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During the next four months Moltopera is going to present a series of 10 performances presenting 5 operas in the "Fabulous opera" programme of the National Theater of Pécs. The cast of the first two performaces were as below.
|Szakács Ildikó (Mimí)||Sipos Marianna (Musette)||Hajdú András (Rodolphe)|
|Gradsach Zoltán (Marcello)||Kelemen Dániel (Colline)||Mikecz Kornél (Schaunnard)|