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.
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. While it won't be easy to exceed the scale of 2014's Strauss150 festival or the scope of the previous year's series on the theme of Faust, the unmatched influence of the "Swan of Avon" nevertheless ensures that this year will see premieres of 17 different adaptations in three different venues (the Opera House, Erkel Theatre, and the Music Academy), most of them more than once, and with several Hungarian premieres among them as well.
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.