Peasant Opera

Opened Jul 21, 2009
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Devised by the director (who is also one of the actors), Peasant Opera was created with a nod to Gay's The Beggar's Opera. Almost every word is sung by the actors. Speech is reserved for certain key 5 moments. The story, concerning the affairs of common people in a depressed farming village, is full of lurid events (including love between step-siblings, extramarital affairs, accidental inbreeding and murder), not to mention credibility-defying coincidences. The combination of different musical styles, courtesy of composer Benedek Darvas (who is one of five musicians accompanying the performance) includes recitatives and arias accompanied by cembalo, authentic Hungarian folk songs, and baroque recitatives full of musical and linguistic puns.

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