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.
The Hungarian State Opera holds a general audition in two rounds for singers of all registers.
With the 6 March premiere of Die Walküre, the Ring Cycle directed by Géza M. Tóth that was started last year continues. The production features brilliant Hungarian Wagner singers as well as three international guest stars. It is conducted by Péter Halász.
In the 18 February, 2016 performance of Faust due to the illness of Andrea Rost, the role of Marguerite is sung by Romanian-Swiss soprano, Elena Moşuc.
An all-star cast is featured in the new production of Lee Hall and Elton John's Billy Elliot – the Musical at the Erkel Theatre. The musical has been seen by more than 5 million people in London since its 2005 premiere, and 11 million people worldwide. In the Hungarian premiere of the piece on 29 July, 2016, András Stohl and Eszter Csákányi star. The production is directed by Tamás Szirtes.
The Hungarian State Opera starts its own radio station. A thematic station that solely broadcasts opera and ballet music has so far been missing from the Hungarian selection.
Plácido Domingo's first appearance on the stage of the Budapest Opera House was seen by 1214 guests at the Shakespeare Gala on 6 February.
With La bohème 2.0, a production premieres at the Erkel Theatre that has already gained significant critical response on the international opera scene. Its director, Damiano Michieletto is regarded as one of the most exciting and sought-after young opera directors of our times.
The new season will continue the series of chamber operas performed in the Sir Georg Solti Hall at the Liszt Music Academy. This time, we pursue the theme of love in classical Greece, and in an unusual format as well: two operas by different composers – Gluck and Bertoni – will treat the myth of Orpheus in two different ways. Premiere: 5 Februray, 2016.
At the 30 January premiere and the 28 January general rehearsal of Aribert Reimann's Lear, du to the illness of Eszter Sümegi, the role of Cordelia is sung by Caroline Melzer.
Edita Gruberová, the most renowned coloratura soprano gives a song recital for the first time at the Budapest Opera on 31 January. She is accompanied on the piano by Peter Valentovic, a regular guest conductor at European concert halls.
White, Black – Opposites in Attraction is the new, spectacular dance show of the Hungarian National Ballet at the Erkel Theatre. Audiences can enjoy two Hungarian premieres: Sarabande and Falling Angels by internationally renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián. In the second part of the programme, Harald Lander's Etudes return to the stage.
Audiences can celebrate Erika Miklósa at the Erkel Theatre on 21 January, 2016. For her 25th anniversary on stage, one of the most popular Hungarian opera singers has invited international friends and colleagues to Budapest. Beside Daniela Pini and Leonardo Ferrando, Gergely Boncsér, Attila Dolhai and István Horváth join her on stage. The concert features coloratura arias as well as excerpts from musicals and operettas.
An extraordinary highlight of the Shakespeare season of the Opera is the 30 January Hungarian premiere of Lear. The opera by German composer Aribert Reimann is put on stage by Ferenc Anger. His work is based on the Munich world premiere production by the legendary director, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle.
Due to great demand by the public to see Plácido Domingo perform at the Budapest Opera House, the Shakespeare Ball is transformed into a Shakespeare Gala, which gives the opportunity to more than 1200 people to hear the Spanish star tenor perform.
The one-act pieces entitled Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi that make up Puccini's penultimate work, Il trittico can be seen from 12 December, 2015 at the Erkel Theatre in Ferenc Anger's new production in Italian, with Hungarian surtitles.
In the final week of advent, Messiah by Händel is performed on two nights under the baton of conductor Paul Goodwin at the Opera House: on 21 December, 2015, as part of the series by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, on 22 December as the Opera Christmas concert.
On 29 November, 2015, this year's Nutcracker Festival begins in front of the Opera House, where a great Christmas tree and wooden huts selling mulled wine await crowds.