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The Hungarian State Opera is closed until 19 December 2020

It is hereby announced that following with the announcement made by the prime minister on Monday and the decision made by the Parliament on Tuesday, all performances of the Hungarian State Opera are cancelled and all venues are closed to the public until 19 December 2020.

Announcement on the November and December 2020 programmes of the Hungarian State Opera

It is hereby announced that due to the COVID pandemic, the 5 November premiere of The Master and Margarita is postponed to 11 December 2020. At the same time, the Hungarian State Opera is happy to inform its audience that due to their success, further dates for the new productions of L'incoronazione di Poppea and The Imaginary Invalid or The Cabal of Hypocrites are made available. Information on protective measures at our venues can be read HERE.

World Opera Day 2020 celebrates the power of culture

On 25 October 2020, the world celebrates opera in face of the global pandemic. On World Opera Day, opera companies from around the world will celebrate the power of culture with live or online events.

The Imaginary Invalid or The Cabal of Hypocrites: world premiere of a new opera by János Vajda at the Eiffel Art Studios

The Muse of France Season at the Hungarian State Opera cannot pass without touching upon the life and work of one of the greatest French playwrights, Molière. His final comedy has been turned into an opera by Hungarian composer János Vajda, who has also incorporated elements from a play about Molière by Bulgakov. The Imaginary Invalid or The Cabal of Hypocrites can be seen for the first time as part of CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival on 30 October 2020.

Songs and puppets – exclusive afternoon song recitals at the Eiffel Art Studios

With the opening of the Eiffel Art Studios, Hungarian musical life gains a new venue in the 2020/21 season. It gives the opportunity for the revival of older concert traditions. On 22 October, the once popular genre of song recital is renewed at the Miklós Bánffy Stage featuring soloist Klára Kolonits.

Cancelled – L'incoronazione di Poppea on 12 October 2020

The Hungarian State Opera regrets to inform its audience that due to the positive result of the COVID-19 test in one of the soloists, the performance of L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Eiffel Art Studios on 12 October 2021 is cancelled. For ticket refunds please contact the Opera Sales Centre: ticket@opera.hu.

Stephen, the King – world premiere of the opera version at the Erkel Theatre

The most successful of Hungarian rock opera by Levente Szörényi and János Bródy for the past 40 years is to premiere with symphonic orchestrations by Levente Gyöngyösi and the participation of opera singers at the Hungarian State Opera. The production is staged by Miklós Szinetár at the Erkel Theatre, the ensembles of the Opera are conducted by Gergely Kesselyák and Ádám Cser.

Announcement on the October and November 2020 programmes of the Hungarian State Opera

Following the favourable results of the extensive testing for corona virus among the ensembles of the Hungarian State Opera, the October rehearsals have been resumed. Therefore, the premiere of Stephen, the King on 17 October 2020 and the series of Swan Lake beginning with 30 October 2020 can go ahead as planned. Due to the COVID-19 situation, however, the institute has modified its November programmes announced earlier.

Stand-up and hip-hop at the new premiere of the Hungarian National Ballet

The newest dance pieces created for the Hungarian National Ballet include choreographies for the quarantine hit by András Péter Kovács, and the music of Animal Cannibals. Staying Home by Adrienn Vetési and Joyful! by Karina Sarkissova are on stage of the Eiffel Art Studios from 11 October 2020.

Masquerade – the new series of the Opera streamed online

The new, versatile online series of the Hungarian State Opera kicked off on 20 September 2020 after a new temporary lockdown (until 17 October) had to be implemented by the institute to protect its artists and audience. On the one hand, this new alternative programme attempts to make up for the cancelled performances and tries to provide operatic experience for the fans of the genre. On the other hand, the new arrangement is the safest possible solution to protect the artists from contracting the virus.

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