On 17 July 2017, on the Estonian island of Saaremaa, Jüri Leiten, general manager of the Saaremaa Opera Festival, Wu Ji, director of the Shanghai Opera, and Szilveszter Ókovács, general director of the Hungarian State Opera signed the contract about the cooperation of the three institutes. As a result, the two exclusive partners of the 2018 Saaremaa Opera Festival are the Chinese and the Hungarian Opera.
The all-star cast of Lee Hall and Elton John's Billy Elliot – The Musical has returned to the Erkel Theatre. The most prominent Hungarian permiere of the summer of 2016 featured many popular stage actors who will reprise their roles this summer accompanied by a new generation of children.
The Hungarian State Opera’s 2017/18 season will get off to an unusual start, since the Opera House will not be opening its doors in September. The modernisation means that the season will start at the Erkel Theatre, and while there will be fewer programmes than usual, their diversity will match that of previous years: In this season inspired by Wagner’s Ring cycle, there will be 28 opera and ballet premieres, along with countless repertoire pieces, musicals, grand operettas, concerts, concert-format productions and family and children’s programmes.