ARMEL OPERA FESTIVAL launches a free bus service from Heroes’ Square, Budapest to MuTh Theatre, Vienna at 2 p.m. on the day of the performances that take place in Vienna. The bus leaves for Budapest immediately after the performance. After registration, you can get on the ARMEL bus with a theatre ticket valid for the given day.
You can register here: production@armel.hu


Thália Theatre, Budapest

28 June 2017, 7pm

Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna

Hungarian Premiere


Production of the Pannon Philharmonic,
Pécs, Hungary



As its title suggests, Prima Donna set in Paris in the 1970s, is a so-called art opera: we follow one day of the once popular and respected diva, who by seizing her last chance, would like to play the role once again that raise her to success, hoping that she might break out from the shades of oblivion and neglect. Prima Donna, which gained huge international success and was co-written with librettist Bernadette Colomine, is Rufus Wainwright’s first opera. Its first premiere took place at Palace Theatre in Manchester, England in 2009, and it was presented at Luminato Festival in Toronto in 2010, and at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London in the same year and at New York City Opera in the USA in 2012.


Régine Saint Laurent, Prima Donna: FARKASRÉTI Mária

Marie, the maid: Je Ni KIM – singer in the competition role

Philippe: SÓLYOM-NAGY Máté

André La Tourner: ÓDOR Botond

François: RAFFAY Soma

Scenery and costumes: Tihanyi Ildi

Musical collaborators: GYÖKÉR Gabriella, BAJA Mónika

With: Pannon Philharmonic

Conductor: VAJDA Gergely

Director: ALFÖLDI Róbert

Je Ni KIM (soprano – South Korea)

The South Korean Je Ni KIM is a freelance singer and a member of Musica Glotz. She obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree at Seoul National University in 2007. Between 2008 and 2010 she attended the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Music in Milan, where she received a degree in Opera Singing. She graduated from the Conservatory of Paris as a singer of Baroque music in 2016. She played Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Seoul National University in 2006 and Adina in Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore at the Théâtre Municipal d’Albi in 2013. She appeared as Tuptim in the The King and I by Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 2014. She sang Giunone in Il ritorno d’Ulisse by Monteverdi in the Auditorium Landowski of the Conservatory of Paris in 2016. She received 1st prize at Lassen Singing Competition in Korea in 2007. She also won the International Singing Competition organized in Balaguer, Spain in 2009 and the International Singing Competition in Colzani, Italy in 2010.

Café Mozsár, Budapest

29 JUNE 2017, 7pm



Bonus event

Premiere of two compositions entered for Armel Opera Festival’s Opera Writing Competition

Entry is free, please register: production@armel.hu



Fallujah by Tobin Stokes and Pál Rózsa’s Gina are all about choices, the difficulties of decisions and their potential consequences. Gina tells about love and art, placing the main theme in a circus environment. Fallujah is a war drama about di cult decisions and survival. Two contemporary opera excerpts that have not been presented before, dealing with classical opera themes. The scenes come alive in the interpretation of young artists, the students of Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, the Hungarian Dance Academy and the Hungarian University of Fine Arts.


Cast: NAGY Zsófia, TÓTH Pál Mátyás, DARGÓ Gergely, FÜRJES Anna, ERDŐS Attila

Dancers: HORVÁTH Attila, KOVÁCS Eszter

Choregrapher: WIDDER Kristóf

Music director: SÁNDOR Szabolcs

Visual design: SZELEI Mónika, BARTOS Letícia, students of the Scenography Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts

Director: ALMÁSI-TÓTH András 

Armel Opera Festival announced their first international opera composing competition in November 2012. The winning piece, Gábor Kerek’s Parody was selected by the expert jury panel and was to be staged later on as its prize. The opera was rst presented in 2014 at Armel Opera Festival, in Josef Kajetan Tyl Theatre’s production, then in the Czech Republic as an event of the Plzeň European Capital of Culture’s programme. The international jury was also amazed by the uniqueness and speciality of the other competing operas, therefore these compositions and their composers received further awards. Two of them will be presented out of the competition on the evening of the 10th anniversary. The most remarkable scenes of the two operas will be shown in a semi-staged version on Café Mozsár’s Podium, edited and directed by András Almási-Tóth. This evening is a gift for both authors and opera fans in search of extra experience! Entry is free, please register at: production@armel.hu

MuTh Theatre (Musik&Theater), Vienna

30 June 2017, 7:30pm

Udo Zimmermann: Weisse Rose

Production of the Biel Solothurn Orchestra and Theatre
Biel, Switzerland




The youngsters – the 24-year-old Hans Scholl and Sophie, his sister three years younger than him and their companions, who founded the White Rose movement confronting the Nazi regime, demonstrated incredible courage. They were caught towards the end of 1945 while distributing flyers at the University of Munich, which led to their arrest. They were sentenced to death and executed almost immediately.

Although more than seventy years have passed since then, the message of their story is still valid. The tragic story of the youngsters was by written by Dresden composer, Udo Zimmermann in 1968 as a chamber opera. Since its re-arrangement in 1986, the power of the composition has touched a worldwide audience. The sounding of Zimmermann’s composition written for male and female vocals was definitely influenced by the musical aesthetics of his time. However, its melodic sensitivity and cantability. With the concept of the performance, the director, Anna Drescher won the European Opera-Directing Prize in 2015.


Sophie Scholl: Marion GRANGE

Hans Scholl: Wolfgang RESCH singer in the competition role

Stage design and costumes: Hudda CHUKRI

Dramaturgy: Maximilian HAGEMEYER, Joëlle JOBIN

With: Sinfonie Orchester Biel Solothurn

Conductor: Kaspar ZEHNDER

Director: Anna DRESCHER

Wolfgang RESCH
(bariton – Austria)

The Austrian baritone has been the member of the Konzert Theater Bern since the 2013/14 season. He obtained an Honours Master of Arts Degree at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts in 2014. His major roles include Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro performed at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn Wien in 2012 and Baron Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Konzert Theater Bern in 2013. He sang Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute in 2015 and Don Parmenione in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro in 2016 at the Konzert Theater Bern. He has won several awards including first prize at Petyrek Lang Singing Competition in 2012 and Hilde Zadek Competition in Vienna in 2013. In 2014 he also received the Prize of the Armin Weltner Foundation supporting highly talented young artists.

MuTh Theatre (Musik&Theater), Vienna

1 July 2017, 7:30pm

Gaetano Donizetti: Fat Thursday

Production of the Szeged National Theatre
Szeged, Hungary




Although Nina is in love with Teodoro, her father, the Colonel singled out Ernesto Rousignac as her future husband.  Sigismondo and his wife, Camilla have pity on the maiden. They decide that by a trick borrowed from Molière, they will be able to fool Ernesto: Sigismondo – disguised as Monsieur Piquet – greets the young man as his old friend. When Ernesto arrives, the door is answered by the maid, who unaware of the events, blurts out the plan. The young lad adds another twist to the situation, saying that Camilla presenting herself as Madame Piquet is actually his old lover with whom he has had fun on more occasions. He is such an impressive actor that a huge jealousy awakens in Sigismondo.

The opera’s original title is Il giovedì grasso, which literally means “Fat Thursday”. The plot full of comedy is set in the kitchen by the director. The indispensable disguises used in Donizetti’s comic operas can be regarded as the starting point for funny situations.


Colonello: DANI Dávid

Nina: Morgane HEYSE – Singer in the competition role

Teodoro: DOSZPOD Kristóf

Sigismondo: CSEH Antal

Camilla: LACZÁK Boglárka

Stefanina: RÁKAI-HIMMER Veronika

Ernesto Rousignac: KISS Tivadar

Cola: SZÉLPÁL Szilveszter

Stage design and costumes: MOLNÁR Zsuzsa

Prompter: MOLNÁR Tünde

Director’s Assistant: KÜRTÖS Petra

Stage Manager: KÜRTÖS Petra

Music Assistant: FLÓRIÁN Gergely

With: Szeged Symphonic Orchestra

Conductor: GYÜDI Sándor

Director: TORONYKŐY Attila

Morgane HEYSE
(soprano – France)

The French soprano was born in Nancy in 1990. She obtained a Bachelor of Lyrical Arts Degree in 2012 and a Master of Lyrical Arts Degree in 2014 at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Liège. She has attended the International Opera Academy since 2015. Her main roles include Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel in 2012 and the Princess/Pastourelle in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges in 2013. She also sang Inès in Offenbach’s Les Bavards at the Brussels Operette Theatre in 2015 and Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute performed at Opera Vlaanderen in 2016.She was a finalist at SummerFest Europe in 2013 and won 3rd Prize at Bell’Arte International Singing Competition in 2015.

MuTh Theatre (Musik&Theater), Vienna

2 July 2017, 7:30pm

Michał Dobrzyński: Operetka

Production of the Warsaw Chamber Opera (Poland)

Warsaw Chamber Opera – Warsaw, Poland



Operetta, which was written by the famous Polish contemporary writer, Witold Gombrowitz for more than 15 years, is regarded as one of the most remarkable plays by the author.

The play contrasts the trivial, fake world and spiritual emptiness with the pathos of history, its real horrors and pain, the only fragile hope for mankind is seen in denuding oneself. The play represents two prominent social categories: the aristocracy and the lower class. The audience’s attention is mainly drawn towards the aristocracy pressed into the corset of rules and norms, their narrow-mindedness is characterised by their dressing style, their pompous speech and their constantly repeated, bizarre gestures. Master Fior, the tyrant of pretence pops into this artificial and fake world, forcing garments on his dependents, at the same time holding them under his thumb. The reserved Albertine strikes out from the above described crowd. Her pure desire for nudity symbolises freedom and the breakout from the captivity of forms.


Libretto  based on the drama “Operetta” by Witold Gombrowicz : Michał DOBRZYŃSKI


Albertine: HEITER Melinda singer in the competition role

Master Fior; Jan Jakub MONOWID

Count Charmant: Tomasz RAK

Baron Firulet: Karol BARTOSIŃSKI

Princess Himalay: Anna RADZIEJEWSKA

The Professor: Artur JANDA

Count Hufnagel : Piotr PIERON

The Priest: Paweł TUCHOLSKI


Valets: Jakub Andrzej GRABOWSKI,  Piotr KĘDZIORA, Grzegorz ŻOŁYNIAK, Marek Wawrzyniak ( Ladislaus )

Dancers : Ewa AMPULSKA, Angelika PARADOWSKA, Anna SZYMONIAK, Marek BRATKOWSKI, Michał GÓRAL, Mariusz KARPIŃSKI, Szymon OSIŃSKI (Prince)

Set design: Jerzy RUDZKI

Choreographer: Jarosław STANIEK

Director’s Assistant: Paweł TUCHOLSKI

Music Director: Przemysław FIUGAJSKI

With: Cappella Gedanensis

Conductor: Przemysław FIUGAJSKI

Director: Jerzy LACH

Melinda HEITER
(mezzo soprano – Hungary)

The Budapest-born mezzo-soprano graduated from the Department of Solo Singing at the Budapest Teacher Training Institute of Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 2008. She has appeared at various national and international festivals such as Bartók Plusz Opera Festival (Miskolc, Hungary) and Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Opera Festival (Bayreuth). She has been the solo singer of the Hungarian National Opera since 2012. In 2013 she won the 8th Simándy József International Singing Competition and received the Richard Wagner Society scholarship in Bayreuth.

Her major roles include Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), the Second Lady (The Magic Flute), Flosshilde (Das Rheingold), the High priestess (Aida), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), Mercedes (Carmen), the Muse / Nicklausse (The Tales of Hoffmann) and Siébel (Faust).

MuTh Theatre (Musik&Theater), Vienna

3 July 2017, 7:30pm

Martyna Kosecka: Klothó
The thread of the tales

Production of the Croatian National Theatre

Rijeka, Croatia



The Storyteller starts talking about a fairytale – how it would feel like to be inside the plot of the never-ending threads of tales. He tells the story of a Sea Daughter who wanted to have darkness in her husband’s kingdom of light. He describes how the cowardly servants, the Four Day Fairies, dropped the Bag of Darkness on their way home and then… the night came!

Klothó – Thread of the Tales written by the young composer and conductor, Martyna Kosecka is a fairy tale, a fable, a myth and a legend all at once – a complexity of genres the majority of which are usually intended for younger generations. In this case they create something else, an extra – a universal story for adults. Klothó, the ancient Greek goddess responsible for spinning the thread of life, is entangled in the web of events that lead to a dramatic, somehow grotesque end.


Reó –  Ingrid HALLER

Athuö –  Ivana SRBLJAN

Élles –  Karol BARTOSINSKI

Vári –  Marko FORTUNATO

Shá – Nicolas RIGAS – singer in the competition role

Klotho: : Dina Dehni SOW

Narrato: Dario BERCICH

Stage design and costumes: Julia KOSEK

Visual design: Bartłomiej SZLACHCIC

With: Ivan Noble Zajc Opera Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre

Choreographer: Dina Dehni Sow

Conductor: Berislav ŠIPUŠ

Director: Krzysztof CICHENSKI

In collaboration with: Music Biennale Zagreb

(bass-baritone, France)

Actor and singer Nicolas Rigas attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London following studies pursued at the National School of Theatre in Paris. He was discovered during the production of the Tales of Hoffmann at the Sénat in Paris, staged by Julie Dépardieu, where he sang the four Devils. In 2008, he sang Guglielmo from Così fan tutte at Fontainebleau Castle and Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Théâtre du Gymnase in Paris and at the Théâtre du Châtelet. He sang the role of the Nephew in the zarzuela The Nephews of Captain Grant at the Opera of Nancy, as well as Falke in Die Fledermaus by Strauss in the Opera of Clermont-Ferrand. He sang and played Argan in the Imaginary Invalid by Marc-Antoine Charpentier / Molière and Figaro in the Barber of Seville by Rossini at Versailles Castle and was Verloc from The Secret Agent in New York, at Armel Festival and at the Avignon Opera. He appeared in the British contemporary opera,Laika, the Spacedog as Korolev, with the company of the English Touring Opera in London and at the Avignon Opera, which was also broadcast by ARTE Concert. Last year he was singing Beppo in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi at the Opéra de Tours. This season he plays Alcindoro in La bohème at the Opéra de Rouen.

Thália Theatre, Budapest

4 July 2017, 7pm

Jubilee Awards Ceremony

Hosted by: Róbert Alföldi

With the participation of the Pannon Philharmonic


Get acquainted with the 10-year success story of Armel Opera Festival.

At the Jubilee Gala Evening the audience will get a cross-section of the past ten years of Armel Opera Festival based on Róbert Alföldi Director’s personal experience.

With the participation of the Pannon Philharmonic, the orchestra that has collaborated with Armel Opera Festival since the beginnings. During the evening the winning participants of Armel Opera Festival’s productions from Hungary, the award- winners of the Opera Competition organised by the Opéra Grand Avignon from France will appear on stage along with Benjámin Beéri, the singer who got into the finals at the 2017 Virtuózok Talent Show. At the Jubilee Gala Evening the Awards for Best Production and Best Performer of the 10th
Armel Opera Festival and the ARTE Audience Award will be presented.
Armel Opera Festival has been invited to France on the occasion of the 10th anniversary. The Gala Evening will be held at the Opéra Grand Avignon on 3 February 2018.


Moderator: ALFÖLDI Róbert

With : Pannon Filharmonikusok

Conductor : VAJDA Gergely

Director : SZABÓ Máté

Participants including but not limited to:

Déborah SALAZAR, Julie ROSET, Lisa CHAIB-AURIOL, HAJA Zsolt, KRISTÓF Réka, BEÉRI Benjámin, SAPSZON Orsolya, KÁLMÁN Tamás, JŐRÖS Andrea, JUHÁSZ Levente


In the programme along with the popular arias of operas by Mozart, Donizetti, Massenet, Delibes and Salazar, the Hungarian version of Armel Opera Festival’s official song will also be presented by Andrea Jőrös and Levente Juhász, winners of the main prize of the Song Competition and by Orsolya Sapszon and Tamás Kálmán, winners of the Audience Award.