Concert 2024.05.16. 19:30
The Spinning Room - singspiel in one act

Ticket prices

3.900 HUF, 4.900 HUF

Pászti/4 - Hungarian National Philharmonic

When the name Zoltán Kodály comes up in conjunction with the genre of singspiel, what first comes to everyone’s mind is Háry János: his tale of the boastful veteran is so popular that many forget about the composer’s other work for the musical stage, The Spinning Room, which the audience will now get to hear at this concert by the Hungarian National Choir and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, with the participation of top soloists and conducted by the choir’s director, Csaba Somos.

Háry János was first presented at the Hungarian State Opera in 1926, while The Spinning Room had its world premiere in 1932 – making it Kodály’s second work for the musical stage. Although the 70-minute one-act piece is classified as a singspiel just as Háry is, the difference between the two works lies in the fact that Háry follows a main story, a narrative poem by the reform-era poet János Garay entitled The Veteran, while following the plot of The Spinning Room, the audience correctly feels that the framing story – the escape of the suitor, followed by his capture, the consolation of the bride, the exposure of the rich lad, and finally the release of the innocent suitor – is a loosely structured sequence of events whose main function is to serve as a framework for a selection of folk songs – 23 of them in all – to be performed in costume and with a set and acting. This is because The Spinning Room is nothing other than the dramatic apotheosis of the Hungarian folk song: whereas in Háry all this takes place anecdotally in a self-deprecating and humorous form, here it is connected to the depiction of folk life, and, despite the cheerful or even comical episodes (such as A Big-Nosed Flea), has a fundamentally serious tone. The soloists in the production – Atala Schöck, Zsolt Haja, Andrea Lehőcz, Blanka Bede, Botond Ódor and Jenő Dékán – are leading Hungarian singers and expert connoisseurs of the style.


Zoltán KODÁLY: The Spinning Room



Housewife | Atala SCHÖCK

Suitor | Zsolt HAJA

Neighbour | Andrea LEHŐCZ

Young girl | Blanka BEDE

Young man | Botond ÓDOR

Rich man | Jenő DÉKÁN


Hungarian National Choir (Choirmaster: Csaba SOMOS)

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Csaba SOMOS


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Event location

Ceremonial Hall The stunningly beautiful Ceremonial Hall situated on Pesti Vigadó’s second floor is an excellent venue for concerts, cultural events, conferences, standing and seated receptions, gala dinners and other similar events. Read more about this location