The internationally renowned ballet dancer and severaltime ballet director Iván Nagy passed away in 2014. After returning to Hungary, he committed himself to the service of his homeland and worked with us again as a consultant to the Hungarian State Opera. He imparted a wide range of professional knowledge, enhancing the Hungarian National Ballet’s work and leaving a great empty space in our ensemble’s ranks with his demise. In his memory, we each year organise an international ballet gala night, in which soloists from the greatest ballet companies in the world – including the Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet, the Bolshoi, the Paris Opera and the Dutch National Ballet – join the artists of the Opera’s ballet ensemble to pay tribute to Iván Nagy’s knowledge and humanity. On the same day, we will award an artist of the Hungarian National Ballet with the Solymosi Award, which is given to the best dancer from the December run of the The Nutcracker.
Founder and director: Tamás Solymosi
Presenter: Szilvia Becze