In 1844, following on the heels of his triumph in the competition to set Ferenc Kölcsey's Himnusz – today the national anthem of Hungary – to music, Ferenc Erkel set about looking at the possibilities for using József Katona's much-attacked drama Bánk bán as the subject for an opera. History made the period of composition a lengthy one: first came the Hungarian War of Independence of 1848/49, and censorship by the dictatorship that followed meant that the audience would have to wait until 9 March 1861 before the work could be performed in its entirety at Pest's National Theatre. As a result of, or in spite of, the high-level additions and revisions, the remarkable aspect of the following performances of the ever-acclaimed Bánk bán is the fact that the text and musical material were created using both the work's original version and the 1939 revision – the one best know to the wider audience – credited to Kálmán Nádasdy. The storyline thus most closely mirrors the thinking of original playwright József Katona, without forcing us to dispense with the now-timeless grand aria "Hazám, hazám" ("My homeland, my homeland").
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What shows are coming up next at Hungarian State Oper
Where is Hungarian State Oper located?
Hungarian State Oper is at Andrássy út 22, Budapest.
What shows have played recently at Hungarian State Oper
Die Fledermaus (The Bat) (12/13/2019-1/5/2020)
The Nutcracker (11/29/2019-1/5/2020)
Porgy and Bess (11/20/2019-11/28/2019)
Girls in Focus (9/12/2018-4/13/2019)
Bánk Bán – Beregszász Arena (9/1/2018-9/1/2018)
THE GYPSY BARON (7/27/2018-7/27/2018)
Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow) (6/3/2018-6/12/2018)
Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites) (5/31/2018-6/15/2018)