On 4 February, 2017 it is the third time the Opera organises the International Iván Nagy Ballet Gala. Besides the artists of the Hungarian National Ballet, guest stars of The Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet and the Wiener Staatsballett appear on stage of the Opera House.
The first new production of the Hungarian State Opera in the New Year is the Hungarian premiere of Love and Other Demons by Péter Eötvös. With new music composed for it by Eötvös himself, this will be the birth of the opera’s Budapest version.
On 16 September, Zoltán Balog, Minister for Human Resources, and Szilveszter Ókovács, General Director of the Hungarian State Opera guided the representatives of the press through various spaces and workshops of the Hungarian State Opera to describe and exhibit their conditions before the modernisation of the Opera. According to the decision brought by the Government, the modernisation of the Hungarian State Opera can be realised from 23 billion HUF (7.6 million EUR) to make the Opera House a modern, safe and worthy place of work and entertainment by the spring of 2018.
Following up on the great success of last year’s Shakespeare Gala, the Opera organises another gala this season. The Háry Gala on 25 February 2017 will bring two star guests to Budapest: Italian bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo and Latvian dramatic tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko.
The classic song recital with piano accompaniment – two artists’ communal loneliness – requires more bravery than any other vocal form, A great personality of our era, Renée Fleming will continue to confront intellectual challenges at her second recital in Budapest.