Over the course of three weeks each summer, Hungary’s largest theatre springs up on the bare cobblestones of Szeged’s Dóm Square. Ever since its founding in 1931, the Szeged Open-Air Festival has been the most popular open-air stage in the country. Today, it awaits its audience – 4,000 visitors each evening and 70,000 annually – with a state-of-the-art festival venue of a truly European standard. The 2016 season entertained audiences with epic productions: viewers were enchanted by the galactic visual style of The Flying Dutchman, raved to the pop tunes of Mamma Mia! and adored the Hollywood charm of Singin' in the Rain.
The world-wide known superstar figure skater will step onto stage as the queen of the ball this summer, at Szeged in Verdi's opera. It's an exquisite event, because she only accepted the role for the sake of the Open-Air Festival and the spectacular performance.
The Olympic and World Champion figure-skater, who was also an actor in a few films, will be the star in the most spectacular scene of this year's opening production of Szeged Open-Air Festival. Her fantastic costume as the Queen of the ball will be designed by Tamás Náray.
Gerard Depardieu will play the role of Napoleon in today's premier, János Háry of the Open-air Festival. The performance is fantastic – as he pointed out. The superstar joined the cast on Wednesday this week. He was amazed by his talented colleagues and the staging of the play by Attila Béres. He said that he got to know Hungarians through the beautiful musical play of Zoltán Kodály.
Gerard Depardieu signed his contract with the Open-Air Festival of Szeged for the role of Napoleon in the Hungarian play János Háry. Tamás Herczeg director, Gyula Harangozó artistic director and the director of the play was present at the important meeting.
Programmes of the season 2014 have been announced
Next year the greatest development in stage technique will be completed. The spectatos of Dóm Square can attend performances like ’Zorba’, ’The Czardas Queen’, ’Gone with the Wind’, ’Hary Janos’ and ’Mamma Mia’ in unique conditions. The press was informed about the changes and programmes on Tuesday by Herczeg Tamás director and Harangozó Gyula arts director.