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Hungary: Miskolc international opera festival

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Hungary Post is marking the Miskolc International Opera Festival between 15-25 June 2006 by issuing a commemorative stamp.

This year the festival is being staged for the sixth time and is focusing on works of the verismo school from the turn of the 19th-20th centuries that attempted to show the reality of the world at the time. In addition to Bartok, pieces both known and never before performed in Hungary by Alfano, Giordano, Mascagni, Leoncavallo and Puccini are on the rich programme. Thirteen operas, three dance performances and a variety of concerts, opera films and lectures on the history of music colour the variety of events.

As in previous years, the programme of this year's opera festival features Bela Bartok's popular works Duke Bluebeard's Castle and The Miraculous Mandarin in renditions by new performers. Besides the National Theatre in Miskolc, the other venues include the Palace Hotel in Lillafured, the stalactite cave in Aggtelek, the Miskolc synagogue, the hall of Miskolc University and the Coburg Palace in Edeleny as well as other historic buildings. The stamp shows the festival's official emblem, while a detail of the interior of the Miskolc National Theatre features in the design of the cover. The main motif of the commemorative postmark is a stylised drawing of the stamp's logo.

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