H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN hosted a reception in the Lincoln Center on the occasion of the National Day to commemorate the 62th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution in Hungary, which was followed by the performance of the Hungarian State Opera in the presence of the President of Hungary, H.E. János Áder and First Lady H.E. Anita Herczegh.
In her opening remarks before the performance, Ambassador Bogyay welcomed the President and First Lady, the special guest of the night, Plácido Domingo and Minister of State for Culture Peter Fekete and Deputy State Secretary for Cultural Diplomacy Márton Schöberl. She also explained the importance of freedom in the history of our country and the role of arts and culture in mutual understanding.
The performance of ‘Bánk bán’ was the first night of the Hungarian National Opera tour in Lincoln Centre and the US debut of the Hungarian State Opera.
As the Permanent Representative emphasized, Bánk bán is a story on oppression, lack of freedom, injustice, stressing the importance of sovereignty, patriotism, the love to your county.