Like the most professionally run opera houses in Western Europe, the Hungarian State Opera also needed a complex that was not only able to accommodate its storage needs and studios, but was also suitable for holding rehearsals and even performances. This is what the Eiffel Art Studios, an enormous group of industrial halls set on a 20-acre site and named after the world-famous French engineer, would become. Through more than eight years of hard work and many billions of forints of government support, the building is at last ready to be opened to the public. There we will welcome an audience that makes up for its smaller size with its commitment to attending niche productions: it is for them that the Bánffy Stage, a friendly auditorium with a huge orchestra pit and stage and capacity for a little over 400 viewers was built. This will become a home for performances of Baroque opera and 20th-century and contemporary music, with lots of contemporary dance included as well.
PROGRAMME OF THE OPENING GALA:
Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 – Introduction
Puccini: La bohème – 2nd Act
Inger / Ravel – Pärt: Walking Mad
Kodály: Te Deum of Buda Castle
Conductor » Balázs Kocsár, principal music director, Ádám Medveczky, former principal music director
Director » András Almási-Tóth, artistic director
Soloists » Erika Miklósa (soprano), Gabriella Balga (alto), Dániel Pataky (tenor), András Palerdi (bass)
Featuring the Hungarian National Ballet, the Hungarian National Ballet Institute, the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Children's Chorus.