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.
Tickets for the 2016/17 season of the Hungarian State Opera are on sale from 10 a.m. on 1 July, 2017.
The final premiere of the 2016/17 of the Hungarian State Opera is an exciting world premiere. Tennessee Williams' most acclaimed work, A Streetcar Named Desire is transformed into a modern dance drama on the stage of the Erkel Theatre. It is also principal ballet master Marianna Venekei’s first full-length choreography.
As part of the HungarianFest organised by the Hungarian State Opera, the new production entitled Bartók DanceTriptych promises to be a unique treat for our dance-loving viewers. Three one-act dance pieces composed by Béla Bartók are presented in one evening, each of them choreographed by a different artist. The Bartók DanceTriptych therefore will be a trio in terms of not only the number of works, but of the featured dance styles as well.
On 10 June, 2017, the star of the Berliner Staatsoper, Bayreuth and the Metropolitan Opera, René Pape makes his Hungarian debut at the Opera House at the closing concert of the four-week-long HungarianFest.
At the end of the Hungarian Season, over the course of four weeks, between 10 May and 10 June, 2017, two centuries of Hungarian opera will be presented in a grand series that includes works by composers as early as József Ruzitska, as recent as Judit Varga and Levente Gyöngyösi, and all major Hungarian opera composers in between, as well as several indispensable choreographic works.
For the first time in the programme of the Hungarian State Opera, Le corsaire hits the stage of the Budapest Opera House. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes Has joined forces with ballet director Tamás Solymosi to create a new version for the Hungarian National Ballet.
World Voice Day is a programme of events organised every year since 1999 and dedicated to demonstrating what an important role the voice, as one of the key tools of communication, plays in our everyday lives, something that is the subject of a great deal of scientific material.
On 24 March 2017, the Hungarian State Opera presents Der Zigeunerbaron, the grand operetta by Johann Strauss, Jr. at the Erkel Theatre. Directed by accomplished Hungarian director, Miklós Szinetár, the new production promises a real spectacle.
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.
On 19 March 2017, the Hungarian State Opera gets one step closer to having a new complete Ring production. Once again, Siegfried is directed by Balázs Béla Prize-winning and Oscar nominee animated film director Géza M. Tóth.
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. Purchase your ticket now with a 20% discount.
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.
30 premieres and 477 full-scale performances took place in the two theatres of the Hungarian State Opera. Until the end of December an audience of nearly 500,000 visited the institute, which is a 9% growth compared to the 2015 number, which was also record-breaking. Among the 44 international guest stars the greatest names in the international music scene appeared on stage at the Opera House and the Erkel Theatre. The numbers of subscriptions sold surpassed 32,000, which is an 8% growth.
The final premiere at the Hungarian State Opera in the year 2016 is a piece that has never been performed at the Budapest Opera. Dialogues des Carmélites by Francis Poulenc is put on stage by artistic director Ferenc Anger with musical direction by internationally renowned conductor Christian Badea.
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 15 January, 2017 at the Opera House for immediate openings as well as contracts starting 1 August, 2017 (depending on the applicants’ work visa requirements).
After a hiatus of 13 years, Lucia di Lammermoor returns to the repertoire of the Hungarian State Opera in a brand new production directed by Máté Szabó with Klára Kolonits and Erika Miklósa in the title role.
The Hungarian National Ballet presents their first grand premiere of the 2016/17 season at the Hungarian State Opera. Don Quixote primarily focuses on a humorous love story taken from the novel by Cervantes: the tale of Kitri and Basil, who – despite all adversity – live happily ever after through the intervention of the title character. Michael Messerer’s version is staged in Hungary for the first time.