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Roncsolt Kópia (Scratched Celluloid)

Béla Pintér & Company / Ungarian National Theatre Budapest
Musikdrama by Benedek Darvas and Béla Pintér

Writer and Director · Béla Pintér
Composer · Benedek Darvas
Set design · Péter Horgas
Costume design · Mari Benedek
Singing-master · Bea Berecz
Instrumentation · Ferenc Darvas
Assistant of the director · Krisztina Kovács

With
Éva Csatári, Éva Enyedi, Sarolta Nagy-Abonyi,
Tünde Szalontay, Sándor Bencze, Tamás Deák,
Béla Pintér, László Qitt, József Szarvas,
Szabolcs Thuróczy, József Tóth

Musicians
Antal Kéménczy, Bertalan Veér, Gábor Pelva,
László Nyíri, István Kerti, Géza Román,
Mátyás Veér, György Póta
Conductor · Pál Bencsik

German Première
In Hungarian with German supertitles
Length 1 h 20 min, without interval

With the support of the Ministery for Cultural Heritage, Budapest, NKA – National Cultural Fund, the city of Budapest and the Budapest Autumn Festival

This production is nominated for the Werkpreis spielzeiteuropa 04/05.

Talk with the audience 21 November, after the performance
A highly stylized “soldiers’ opera” that evokes the atmosphere of a pre-war black-and-white film (the title is “Scratched Celluloid”) and which uses several individual fates and their personal tragedies to examine a dark chapter in Hungary’s history: its pact with Nazi Germany against a backdrop of home-grown nationalism and anti-Semitism, and its part in the Russian campaign of 1942 that ended with the death of hundreds of thousands of Hungarian soldiers in the Russian winter.