HERALD NEWS … REOPENING OF THE ERKEL THEATER – BUDAPEST

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The official opening will be held on  Thursday, November 7,  2013. on the date of the birth of Ferenc Erkel.

District VIII., 30.  II. János Pál pápa Square – Budapest

The Erkel Theater opened its door to the audience in the last century, 1910, At the time being this theater was Hungary’s largest theater building. It was also considered as the golden age of the Hungarian opera. Time came in 2007 when the theater had to be closed to take place in architectural renovation and reconstructions. The procedure took a bit more than 5 years.

At the press and media call the Secretary of State for Culture, Mr. János Halász, Mr. Szilveszet Ókovács, Director of the National Opera House and the architect Mr. Gábor Zoboli welcomed the high number of gathering. Mr. János Halász welcomed the media persons by saying, he is delighted to see the theater in such a beauty it deserves to be and have high hopes in the future beside the adult and elder visitors, for the young generation  to come to be often as being audience at the opera and ballet performances.

By reopening the reconstructed Erkel Theater was a long time dream for Mr. Szilveszter Ókovács, the director, but added he is most sure the young and elder audience dream also come true who in the past regularly visited the theater. He also added: Quote: „Of course, the theater’s artists dream was also fulfilled. From now on there will be much more opportunities for plays, previously held at the Opera House to be brought to the Erkel theater. He talked about the coming  season’s other performances on schedule, saying this coming season 120 opera and ballet productions will be on stage. Also wish to host opera and folk dances, as guest performances from Hungary’s other regions theaters. In the past Erkel theater always bared with excellent acoustic  sound,  today is no difference, therefore  pop concerts will be held and it is conceivable that in the future there will be large-scale of music productions to be brought on stage.

Unfortunately, at the moment the change of scenes on the stage are carried out mechanically by hand. It is a key question to have the current stage to be transformed into an easily transferred electronic equipment. This will faster the scenes in making the changes. said. At the former building the problem was to bring on stage an opera or a ballet performances Was not feasible because of the size of the stage and the backstage and didn’t meet the required height for the presentation, said by Mr. Zoboki. Plans are already out to complete the reconstruction of the stage. Until the official handover of the theater which will take place on the 7th of November, there will be still some minor works which will not interrupt the forthcoming

24  performances, within the series of the Opera Youth Adventure, on October, 6  started with  Háry János composed by Zoltán Kodály.

After the welcoming greeting words we were led up the stairway to the reception area, the facade, stairway to upper levels, corridors, changing rooms, renovated and renewed water blocks, the backstage, stepping ont he grounds of the stage, were shown the newly formed orchestra pit, at the remained shell form design stage and finally stepping into the auditorium seen the new carpets and reborn seats. This is where our press tour ended by entering the delicate buffet, whereas  the ray of sun shined in the huge impressive wall of windows looking onto the street, whereas flower beds caught the eye. Such an impressive bar hall. Next sight that brought much attention was at both ends at the bar, the amazingly beautiful frescoes. These two frescos (can be seen in the slide-show) are by works of Mr. Bernáth Aurél. Indeed, they are the „pearls” of the bar and even though there was second thoughts of having them hidden, they were not removed from the walls during the reconstruction works. One of the theater’s conversion plan included and developed to have rail stair lift to achieve the disability access. So from now on the disabled individuals can with ease have access to enjoy the colorful culture events to come at the Erkel Theater. Beside the „many goods”, there was a little black mark regarding the „social spaces” which will make many ladies in the audience feel low, i.e. the number of lady’s room.  In a huge theater where 15 or 20 minutes of intermission takes place, I sadly observed at the massive building of the Erkel Theater the shortfalls of lady’s room which are still subjects at the cultural institutions.

All-in-all wonderful experience give back the audience the renewed and reopened Erkel Theater.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

2 responses to this post.

  1. Hello! I love reading your posts. Thank you! I write for the CEU Weekly, and being rather new to Budapest was wondering how you find out about events which offer press passes. I would really like to start covering events like this one for our school paper.

    Thank you very much,

    Graham Patterson

    Reply

    • Hi Graham … the pleasure is mine 🙂
      Concerning about the coverage of events… well it takes some time until folks find ya. In the beginning I visited those places, openings whereas the direct “invitation” wasn’t needed, Afterwards I opened this on-line magazin in Englsih language to spread the news for foreigners visiting, staying, working in Budapest and throughout Hungary. Ya know how it goes … the more people ya meet wider the field where your invited the next occasion. I only write about my own experiences at the places I am invited. So as ya might have had already seen here at the rollinginbudapest, it 99% is Herald News or Flashnews. The folks who are rollinginbudapest are not just Hungarian readers. Amazingly, many-many are from the four corners of the Earth.
      Wish ya much joy and success in ya writting. Take care … bye http://www.rollinginbudapest.com

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