“A people can best be known through their folk songs,” claimed Zoltán Kodály, one of the crucial proponents of Hungarian music, whose main ambition as a composer, collector of folk songs and music teacher was to inculcate a love for Hungarian folk song and to cultivate a knowledgeable audience.
It is hereby announced that in spite of the illness of Jonas Kaufmann, Attila Fekete and István Horváth, the gala concert Simándy 100 to commemorate the Hungarian tenor legend is going to take place at the announced date and time. The guest star of the evening to accompany seven Hungarian tenors is the excellent Mexican heroic tenor, Rafael Rojas.
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On 16 September, Zoltán Balog, Minister for Human Resources, and Szilveszter Ókovács, General Director of the Hungarian State Opera guided the representatives of the press through various spaces and workshops of the Hungarian State Opera to describe and exhibit their conditions before the modernisation of the Opera. According to the decision brought by the Government, the modernisation of the Hungarian State Opera can be realised from 23 billion HUF (7.6 million EUR) to make the Opera House a modern, safe and worthy place of work and entertainment by the spring of 2018.
A grand season opener awaits fans of opera, ballet and classical music on 24 September 2016. On Saturday, following various open-air programmes, operatic life will resume with a new production of La traviata.
In 2016, the Opera House will once again be participating in the worldwide Car-Free Weekend series with free commedia dell’arte performances on the Sphinx Terrace on the Dalszínház Street corner of the building on Saturday and Sunday, 17 & 18 September to use the noise-free environment and the much better air on Andrássy Avenue.
On 18 September, 2016 the most significant piece of Croatian music, the three-act opera by Ivan pl. Zajc entitled Nikola Šubić Zrinjski (Zrínyi Miklós) is presented at the Hungarian State Opera. Hungarian audiences can see this Croatian national opera in the production of the Croatian National Theatre of Osijek featuring nearly 250 guest artists.
It is hereby announced that due to technical reasons the performances of the musical West Side Story between 8 and 11 December are cancelled.
We would like to inform you that the venue of the Billy Elliot – the Musical performances scheduled for July and August has been changed from the Erkel Theatre to the Opera House. The seat prices are generally higher in the Opera House, however the exchange of tickets is managed with category matching. This means that if a customer has purchased a ticket for row 5 at the Erkel Theatre then the new ticket will also be valid for row 5 at the Opera House; if a customer purchased a ticket for abox at the Erkel Theatre, then they will be able to enjoy the show in a similar box at the Opera House – without being charged extra.
The Hungarian State Opera announced it in Februray 2015 that the musical by Lee Hall and Grammy Award winner Sir Elton John would be included in the repertoire. The piece is based on the three times Oscar-nominated film Billy Elliot, which tells the story of a talented boy born into a poor family who are against his wish to become a ballet dancer.
Fans of early music can hardly wait for the end of the Opera’s season each year. Little wonder, either, for true to our tradition of the last three years, we are again closing it out with a Baroque opera. The final premiere in the Shakespeare Season of the Hungarian State Opera is Henry Purcell’s semi-opera, The Fairy Queen turned into opera noir spiced by jazz by director András Almási-Tóth.
On 2 June, 2016, Bryn Terfel's debut at the Opera House will mark the closing of the Shakespeare400+ Festival.
With the end of the Shakespeare season approaching, the Hungarian State Opera will be organising its biggest festival ever – and certainly its most varied – between May 17 and 2 June 2016.
In the next part of the series, on 7 May, 2016, Judit Németh awaits fans with songs by Hahn, Chausson, Webern, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Brahms.
On 29 and 30 April, 2016, contemporary dancers, arrangers, choreographers, ensembles and independent companies present their productions at the Erkel Theatre.
On 21 April, 2016, as part of the Budapest Spring Festival, audiences can enjoy the premiere of two one-act ballet pieces in one evening entitled Space Fantasy at the Erkel Theatre.
A classic tale, The Sleeping Beauty premieres at the Hungarian State Opera on 17 April, 2016. The new production is staged by internationally renowned choreographer Sir Peter Wright.
World Voice Day is celebrated around the world on April 16 with a programme series that puts the importance of the human voice in the spotlight.
On 11 April 2016, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra performs a special concert in the memory of Miklós Ybl, the extraordinary architect who designed the Opera House.
On 31 March 2016, the 2nd International Iván Nagy Ballet Gala takes place at the Opera House in memorian of the internationally renowned ballet dancer and ballet director. The gala features guest soloist from leading European companies as well as the stars of the Hungarian National Ballet.
It is the obligation of the Hungarian State Opera House, by virtue of its rank and status as a national institution, to support the performance of opera around the country. It was this recognition that in 2013 gave rise to the week-long Primavera series, in which each of the companies invited to participate will feature their latest pieces at the Erkel Theatre.