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Nov 16, 2018

PM Orbán pays tribute to world famous Hungarian composer György Kurtág

Hungarian composer György Kurtág premiers his first opera in Milan to a sell-out crowd

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has paid tribute to world famous Hungarian composer György Kurtág following the premier of his first opera in Milan.

"This is an evening that serves as a source of pride to us, the Hungarians," the prime minister said.

PM Orbán congratulated Kurtág, explaining that it is a huge acknowledgement that the premier of the Kossuth Prize-winning Hungarian composer is being held at the Scala opera house in Milan.

“While the Hungarian language, which few people speak, separates us from the rest of the world to some extent, through music, with the help of our musical geniuses, we can state who we are and what we think about the world," the prime minister said.

“We can be proud of the fact that the geniuses of Hungarian music, including Franz Liszt, Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and György Kurtág, have contributed to the history of world music with their works," he added.

György Kurtág’s masterpiece Fin de Partie is a musical rendition of the work with a similar title by Samuel Becke: Endgame. The opera was composed using the French translation of the play. The opera was co-produced by the Scala and Dutch National Opera.