16 premieres, 60 repertoire pieces, the inauguration of the Eiffel Arts Studios as well as the reopening of the Opera House are all featured in the 2018/19 season of the Hungarian State Opera. Until these venues are opened the resident companies of the Opera carry on touring: apart from guest appearances in county towns and Hungarian settlements beyond the borders of Hungary, the Opera is to visit New York, Berlin, the capitals of the Visegrád Group, and several Italian places that played an important role in the life of Puccini.
Three hundred and fifty singers, dancers and musicians from the Hungarian State Opera will take over the David H. Koch Theater for two weeks when the Hungarian State Opera and Hungarian National Ballet make their U.S. debuts, October 30-November 11, in programs featuring a series of U.S. premieres and new productions. The announcement of the engagement was made by Szilveszter Ókovács, General Director of the Hungarian State Opera today (March 14) at the Hungarian Consulate in New York City.
This work has been an important piece in the Hungarian National Ballet's repertoire since it was first premiered at the Opera House in 1952. This season marks the return of the old favourite.
On 19 March 2018, one of the most acclaimed tenors of our time, Ramón Vargas performs his first song recital at the Erkel Theatre.
The world famous soprano, an eternal member of the Hungarian State Opera will celebrate the 30th jubilee of her career with a gala concert on 12 March 2018, at the Erkel Theatre.
Although Die Rheinnixen has never been played in Hungary, the premiere on 24 February will feature familiar tunes like the famous Barcarolle. These were incorporated later in Les contes d’Hoffmann by the composer himself, whose almost forgotten first opera makes its debut at the Erkel Theatre in a production by Ferenc Anger.
The Hungarian State Opera is about to stage a unique premiere regarding cast and production. Porgy and Bess is to be staged by András Almási-Tóth in a reinvented world with Hungarian singers at the Erkel Theatre.
The first premier at the Hungarian State Opera might go down in opera history as a world sensation. András Almási-Tóth is to put The Gershwins®’ Porgy and Bess® on stage with Hungarian singers at the Erkel Theatre thus breaking the restriction of lmost forty years that only allowed all-black casts to perform the piece.
On 10 February, 2018, French tenor superstar Roberto Alagna and Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak will make their debut on the stage of the Erkel Theatre during our Ring Gala. They will perform popular duets and arias from Romeo et Juliette, L'elisir d'amore, Otello, Gianni Schicchi and Madama Butterfly.
The Hungarian National Ballet, the 130-year-old official ballet company of the Hungarian State Opera, announces an audition upon invitation to be held from 10 a.m. on 14 January, 2018, at our temporary rehearsal venue (due to the restoration of the Opera House) for immediate openings as well as contracts starting 1 August, 2018 (depending on the applicants’ work visa requirements).
The last premiere of 2017 at the Hungarian State Opera is a fairy-tale opera performed traditionally in the festive season. The new production directed by Rafael R. Villalobos, winner of Opera Europa’s directing competition in Graz, welcomes adults and children alike.*
The classics live on with us: this two-part production from the Hungarian National Ballet features one work from Harald Lander and another by George Balanchine, with the latter piece making its first appearance in Hungary.
Over the past few years, the Hungarian State Opera has aimed to stage operas that have never or rarely been performed in Hungary. On 18 November 2017, the Budapest audience can see Rossini’s third most frequently performed opera, L’italiana in Algeri in a production directed by Máté Szabó.
On 25 October 2017, the Hungarian State Opera kicks off its tenth tour around Japan. For a whole month, audiences at 20 different venues can enjoy two full-scale productions given by the company featuring internationally acclaimed soloists Edita Gruberová, Erika Miklósa and Andrea Rost. The final part of the tour will offer orchestra concerts with appearance by pianist Ingrid Fujiko Hemming.
The charity concert on 22 October 2017 at the Erkel Theatre is organized in aim children suffering with tumours or leukaemia. For the first time, the newest and largest Bogányi Piano can be heard during the concert played by Gergely Bogányi himself. His partner on stage is mezzo-sopranoZita Váradi.
On 12 October, opera lovers and novices may visit the new platform offered by Opera Europa, the European association of opera companies and festivals. Opera Europa and 30 opera companies from 18 countries join forces to build on the success of The Opera Platform and bring you OPERAVISION, thanks to the renewed support of the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.
The Hungarian State Opera remembers the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in autumn 2017 with concert-format performances of Verdi’s Requiem and Stiffelio, as well as a new production of a work that has not been played in Hungary for a long time: Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, staged by János Szikora at the Erkel Theatre.
The first ballet premiere of the 2017/18 season of the Hungarian National Ballet takes place at a special venue. Three pieces by internationally acclaimed choreographer Hans van Manen are presented on one evening as part of the Contemporary Arts Festival Budapest at the Müpa Festival Theatre.
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. The Opera Visit, the Opera Shop and the Opera Café at the Opera House are still open to the public.
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.