History Department Research Seminar: Markian Prokopovych on "Triumphant Empire: The Premiere of Zigeunerbaron in the Budapest Opera House, 1905"

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Nador u. 11
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 1:30pm
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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

We are pleased to announce the sixth History Department Research Seminar of the academic year, taking place on Thursday, February 5, 13:30–15:30 in TIGY Room (Nádor 11, ground floor)

Markian Prokopovych

Institute for East European History, University of Vienna

will give a lecture on

"Triumphant Empire: The Premiere of Zigeunerbaron in the Budapest Opera House, 1905"


Habsburg imperial culture was one of the main challenges to those among the Hungarian cultural and political elite who attempted to turn the Budapest Opera House into a national institution at the turn of the twentieth century. One vivid example of the seriousness of this challenge could be observed at a successful, even if also a belated premiere of Johann Strauss’s Zigeunerbaron in 1905. This was also one of the first instances when the Hungarian public transformed profoundly from a laissez-faire, chaotic and disruptive crowd into a disciplined and attentive audience in the auditorium. Coupled with a series of scandals, a duel, and subsequent abolition of the position of the opera intendant, this premiere makes an excellent case study that allows us a closer, critical look at the functioning of Hungary's most important cultural institution as well as at larger issues such as the transformation of the bourgeois public sphere and the arrival of modernity in Europe. 

All faculty, students and staff are welcome! We are looking forward to seeing you all.