Orbán attends Hungarian opera premiere in Milan

On a day when the Hungarian national team faced - and beat 2:0 - Estonia in a Nations' League group match, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán attended the premiere of a new Hungarian opera in Milan's Scala.

This was a mould-breaking move from Orbán - formerly a professional player with Felcsút FC and a self-confessed football fan. So much so that in the knowledge of his love for football one could almost detect a hint of sorrow in his Facebook message, which says:

"This is the first time that a Hungarian opera is being premiered at the Scala. This is where we need to be. This is the most important event for Hungarians today."

The opera - by classical pianist and composer György Kurtág - is based on Samuel Beckett's Fin de partie, (Endgame) a one-act play written in French by Beckett.

György Kurtág

Hungarian pianist and composer György Kurtág (92) - image: fidelio.hu

The production was put on via co-operation between the Scala and Dutch National Opera, directed by French-Lebanese director Pierre Audi, also marking his directorial debut at the Scala.

Title image: Viktor Orbán's Facebook page. Left to right: Orbán's wife Anikó Lévai, Viktor Orbán and Hungary's consul general in Milan Jenő Csiszár.

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