Péter Esterházy-Gergely Vajda: Transporters (Fuharosok)
George Benjamin: Into the Little Hill
"My work is an opera in the way Esterházy's is a novel,” said Gergely Vajda about the piece he composed for a mezzo-soprano and a chamber ensemble, and based on Péter Esterházy's short story, Fuharosok. Premiered at a concert in March 2020, this mono-concert-opera did indeed lay claim to a peculiar position among the genres, with its dramatic-theatrical character unfolding in the manner of ballads. This balladic mode of storytelling is what constitutes a natural link between the one-act pieces of the world-famous British composer George Benjamin and Vajda. Benjamin's work is based on the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and it also relates the story in the manner of a ballad. The well-known parable, which dates back to the 13th century and can be interpreted as a metaphor for the death of children, is rendered by a soprano and a mezzo-soprano, who play several characters. In Vajda's opera, Esterházy's story of the rape of a young girl is told by a single singer, although in three roles.