Hungarian State Opera to Stage Calixto Bieito’s ‘War & Peace’

By David Salazar

The Hungarian State Opera is set to present “War & Peace” starting on Jan. 28, 2023.

The Prokofiev opera will be presented in a production by Calixto Bieito; the staging is co-produced with the Grant Théâtre de Genève. There will be 28 singers taking on 45 roles. Among them are Csaba Szegedi (Andrei Bolkonsky), Andrea Brassói-Jőrös (Natasha Rostova), and Szabolcs Brickner (Pierre Bezukhov). Other cast members include Péter Fried / István Rácz (General Kutuzov), Zsolt Haja (Napoleon), Zoltán Nyári (Kuragin), Erika Gál (Hélène), Melinda Heiter (Sonya), István Kovács (Ilya Rostov), and Péter Balczó (Platon Karataev).

Alan Buribayev conducts the production which had its premiere back in September 2021 in Switzerland.

There will be a total of seven performances with the Hungarian State Opera run set to end on Feb. 18, 2023.