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Csokonai Theater Celebrates the 70th Birthday of Opera Performances in Debrecen

Seventy years ago, on the 17th November, was the birthday of Mihály Csokonai Vitéz, on this day the opera company of the Csokonai Theatre was founded. This led to the creation of a highly successful enterprise that to this day plays a prominent role not only in the operatic history of the city of Debrecen but also in the country.

The opera company of the Debrecen Theatre is one of the incubator pillars of the country, especially since the Csokonai Opera – The New Generation programme was launched by János Ács, the musical director of the theatre, in 2021,” said Péter Gemza, the director of the theatre.

The 70th anniversary of the founding of the opera company will be celebrated with a grand gala concert on 17th November 2022, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Latinovits Zoltán Hall of the Csokonai Forum. The evening will honour the greats of the past 70 years of opera in Debrecen: György Tréfás, Magda Varga, the recently deceased Gabriella Hegyes, and Miklós Albert, with the participation of such professional greats as Éva Báthori, Erika Gál, Kinga Kriszta, Klára Kolonits, Péter Balczó, Zsolt Haja, and László Kéringer.

The programme will include excerpts from The Barber of Seville, the first celebratory opera of the opera company’s foundation, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, László Hunyadi, Bánk bán and Acis and Galatea.

The evening will be hosted by Andrea Ujvárosi, hostess and initiator of the evening series “Live Opera with Us”, which was launched last year. The evening will be directed by Péter Gemza and conducted by János Ács and Dániel Somogyi-Tóth.