Today, the Hungarian National Opera presents the world première performance of Zsófia Tallér's children opera Leander and Linseed in the Erkel Theater in Budapest. The libretto by Barnabás Szöllősi is based on Andor Szilágyi's fable.
While the ugly goblin Leander attends to his business in the forest, his pitch black tom cat stays home doing the housework, cooking and cleaning goblin shirts. But when Leander comes home tired, the cat stretches out comfortably in front of him and reads to him. Thus they live together in happy goblinhood, until one day, King Bölömber the Second mistakes the kitten for a bloodthirsty rabbit, and shoots him with an arrow. (reproduced from the season brochure from the opera house)The cast includes bass baritone Marcell Bakonyi, soprano Ágnes Molnár, tenor Gergely Boncsér, soprano Eszter Wierdl, bass baritone András Habetler, mezzo Andrea Meláth, soprano Ildikó Cserna, countertenor Zoltán Darago, and baritone Zoltán Gradsach. Tibor Bogányi conducts the Orchestra of the Erkel Theater. Sándor Zsótér directs.