A penniless opera. A farce coupled with a fable. In this musical theatre that is cheerfully scathing, a band of unbridled actors, singers and dancers presents a peasant wedding that borrows from sources varying from Brecht to Emir Kusturica by way of cabaret, theatre, popular fairs and festivals. Freely blending songs and folk tunes from the great Magyar tradition, as well as Gypsy, Jewish, Serbian and Armenian musical traditions, L’opéra paysan tells the story of parents seeking for their daughter a good match – a station master with some land the father covets. It hijacks the form of baroque opera to present a radioscopy of Hungarian society and its theatrical and family traditions. This sardonic and entertaining theatre is the work of an actor, playwright and director making waves on the theatre scene in Hungary – Béla Pintér.
"This is ensemble theatre to perfection. They are all very strong and captivating performers with no individual more outstanding than any other. The irony and satire is underlined by the serious committed portrayal of each of the characters. (…) The company is regarded as one of Hungarian’s most original and distinctive independent companies"
Theatre in Wales, 2004
"Writer-director-actor Béla Pintér occupies a unique role as impresario in Budapest’s alternative theatre scene. His signature blend of music and movement, traditional and modern theatre techniques makes each of his one-act shows an unpredictable and memorable experience."
Hungarian Literature Online, 2007
Written and directed by Béla Pintér
Performers : Szilvia Baranyi , Sándor Bencze, Tamás Deák, Éva Enyedi, Sarolta Nagy-Abonyi, Béla Pintér, Tünde Szalontay, Szabolcs Thuróczy, József Tóth
Musicians : Benedek Darvas, László Nyíri , Gábor Pelva, György Póta, Bertalan Veér
Set Design : Péter Horgas
Costume Design : Mari Benedek
Lighting Design : Zoltán Vida
Music : Benedek Darvas
Production: Compagnie Béla Pintér (Budapest)
With the support of National Cultural Fund (Hongrie)
In association with Espace GO
Text: Stéphane Lépine
English Translation: Neil Kroetsch
Photos: Gàbor Dusa