Magyar Posta is marking the bicentenary of the birth of the versatile composer, librettist and translator Béni Egressy, who set the patriotic poem Appeal to music, with a commemorative stamp issue. A portrait of Béni Egressy (1814-1851) can be seen in the stamp design. A detail of the score of Appeal adorns the margin of the miniature sheet.
Eighty thousand copies of the miniature sheet designed by István Orosz were produced by the printing company Pénzjegynyomda. The new issue is available at large post offices and Filaposta in Hungary from 9 May, but may also be ordered from Magyar Posta's online store.
Egressy performed as a chorus singer, and an actor of prose and song. His knowledge expanded constantly as he studied music seriously as well as music theory and languages, and he went to Italy for voice training. Egressy played baritone roles at the National Theatre.
He not only translated plays and musical dramas, but also wrote libretti. He was the author of the texts for Ferenc Erkel's operas Bátori Mária, Hunyadi László and Bánk bán. Following Hungary's defeat in the War of Independence, Egressy continued his multi-faceted artistic activities at the National Theatre. His fruitful career was cut short when he contracted tuberculosis.