Jacques Offenbach – Die Rheinnixen
Opera in four acts, in German, with Hungarian and English surtitles
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.
Conductor: Gergely Kesselyák
Conrad von Wenckheim: Zsolt Haja / Csaba Szegedi
Franz Waldung: Gergely Boncsér / Boldizsár László
Gottfried: Géza Gábor / István Kovács
Hedwig: Judit Németh / Andrea Ulbrich
Armgard: Borbála Keszei / Rita Rácz
Charles Nuitter’s French libretto translated by Alfred von Wolzogen
Director: Ferenc Anger
Set designer: Éva Szendrényi
Choreographer: Marianna Venekei
Costume designer: Gergely Zöldy Z
Dramaturg: Eszter Orbán