Most of Zoltán Kodály's music builds on the folk songs he collected, including his folk opera Háry János, the lead character of which was introduced by the composer as follows: "He is the embodiment of the Hungarian storytelling imagination. He doesn't lie: He creates tales; he's a poet. The things he says never happened, but he experienced them, and they are perhaps more true than reality. This reflects the kind of music needed for the piece, I don't know how successful I have been. But I do know that the songs of the characters are good. They are derived from folk tradition in every sense [...] They are the gemstones, only the setting is mine. I tried to do them justice.”
The popular work will now be performed by professional musicians as a major production featuring schoolchildren who have prepared thoroughly for the performance, as a realisation and reinterpretation of Kodály's oft-quoted statement: "May music belong to everyone!”
Between 9.45 and 10.30, we will be running a free (and playful) interactive session for children in the Auditorium entitled Tune-Up. We look forward to welcoming groups and individuals who hold tickets to the subsequent performance. Register by sending an e-mail to email@example.com, stating the number of participants and their ages, by the Wednesday before the performance at the latest. The activity is recommended for children aged 6 and over, and will take place with a minimum of six children.
Age: 10-14 year
Presented by: Hungarian State Opera, Müpa Budapest
The Müpa Budapest underground garage gates will be operated by an automatic number plate recognition system. Parking is free of charge for visitors with tickets to any of our paid performances on that given day. The detailed parking policy of Müpa Budapest is available here.
Refreshments – Without the Queue
Thanks to our new catering service at the Átrium Snack Bar, you can forget about waiting in line during intermissions for some refreshments and get your order prepped especially for you by the time the intermission actually starts. Find out more about pre-ordering here.