OperaWednesday: The Gold and the Woman / The Tót Family Online


  • 13 Jan 2021 8:00 PM
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OperaWednesday: The Gold and the Woman / The Tót Family Online
At the weekly OperaWednesday on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., highlights of the operas that had to be cancelled are broadcasted.The performance is streamed from the Sándor Hevesi Stage of the Eiffel Art Studios from 8:00 p.m.

Like the drama by Gyula Krúdy that inspired it, the opera version of The Gold and the Woman shows how foolish it is for a man to give up a woman’s love in exchange for the clinking of gold.

The protagonists are a grim mercenary soldier and an unhappy young wife. What comes between the two, however, with its seductive magic – and through the intercession of the woman’s alchemist husband – is the vain lustre of wealth: the ruin of this soldier, it makes him turn heedlessly away from the love he feels in his heart as he is bewitched by the profane ringing of gold.

For the mercenary captain himself is not innocent of the sin of seduction, as after the couple provided him with lodging, he employed actors to create a few commotions in the bourgeois home in order to divert the husband’s attention.
But this was exactly what inspired the master of the house to teach a lesson to the soldier, who loses everything in his lust for gold.

Gyula Tót is an ensign fighting on the Russian front. He convinces his superior officer, whose nerves are shot from the constant danger from the partisans, to spend his leave with the ensign’s parents in the Hungarian mountain village of Mátraszentanna in order to recuperate amidst the refreshing scent of pine trees.

The major arrives in the community, and the Tót family attends to his every wish. They receive from him the promise that when he returns to the battlefield, he will arrange to have Gyula serve with him in the well-heated battalion headquarters, in order to protect him from the cold Russian winter.

During his stay with the family, the major cures himself with work therapy, in the form of making boxes, which the Tóts are compelled to take part in all day and all night. That is, until the cardboard cutting machine slices down for the last time...
Place: Eiffle Art Studios
Address: Budapest
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