family and youth events

György Ránki: King Pomádé's New Clothes

one interval
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Matinée Concerts

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György Ránki adapted Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale The Emperor's New Clothes with the help of poet and lyricist Amy Károlyi. The story contains some eternal wisdom: hypocrisy and fear are deadly poisons, and it is often children who are most likely to utter the truth. In this case, the truth is the fact that the king marching before his people in his 'new clothes', woven by the miracle-weavers, is in fact wearing nothing at all! Tyrants should tremble at the power of laughter: King Pomádé is ultimately swept from power by the guffaws and ridicule of the people.

György Ránki, who has already demonstrated his outstanding sense of humour in many other compositions, wrote this delightful children's opera to the ingenious libretto by Amy Károlyi. As a one-time student of Zoltán Kodály's, the composer freely used Hungarian folk songs as well as elements from pop and jazz music to form his colourful, eclectic style, an entertaining blend that captivates listeners with its virtuosity and gracefulness.
Not only is King Pomádé's New Clothes full of catchy music, it is also a riveting drama. This is something the audience of 8- to 14-year-olds is sure to be convinced of during the Opera Matinée series with the help of the production's director Attila Toronykőy, the cast of singers, the Sinfonietta Erudita and conductor Péter Oberfrank.

Before the performance, between 9.45 and 10.30, we will be running a free (and playful) interactive session for children entitled Tune-up. We look forward to welcoming both school groups and individual school-age youngsters attending the subsequent performance. Please register via by midnight on the Tuesday before the performance, specifying the number of participating children and their ages. The activity is recommended for children aged 6 and over, and will take place with a minimum of six children.

Age: 8-14 year
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
  • Péter Oberfrank
  • Pomádé
    András Kőrösi
  • Garda Roberto
    Szabolcs Bognár
  • Garda Roberto's wife
    Marika Túri
  • Tóbiás Nyársatnyelt
    Dávid Dani
  • Dani
    István Horváth
  • Béni
    Attila Erdős
  • Dzsufi
    Rita Rácz
  • Sinfonietta Erudita (artistic director: Krisztina Tötös)
  • Discantus Choral Group (artistic director: Péter Mészáros)
  • répétiteur
    Wanda Mazalin
  • Adapted from the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale by
    Amy Károlyi
  • Assistant director
    Judit Oláh-Fenyvesi
  • Director, visual design
    Attila Toronykőy

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