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.
It is hereby announced that following the successful premieres of recent days (Cactuses, Salome, Dead Man Walking), beginning with 17 September 2020, the Hungarian State Opera is compelled to suspend all rehearsals until 1 October due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Consequently, all performances are cancelled until 17 October 2020.
On 11 September 2020, at the first premiere of The Muse of France Season, the Embassy of France represented by Pascale Andréani, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and the Hungarian State Opera represented by general director Szilveszter Ókovács signed a cooperation agreement at the Eiffel Art Studios.
Dead Man Walking, the most significant piece of 21st century opera is to be presented by the Hungarian State Opera at the Eiffel Art Studios on 16 September 2020. Due to the epidemic situation, Jake Heggie's opera directed by András Almási-Tóth featuring Andrea Meláth and David Adam Moore under the baton of Gergely Vajda can only be seen once this autumn.
Salome, one of the most famous operas by Richard Strauss is to be staged at by the Hungarian State Opera at the Erkel Theatre on 15 September 2020. The new production by Zoltán Rátóti starring Sera Gösch, Jürgen Sacher, Gyöngyi Lukács and Károly Szemerédy under the baton of Balázs Kocsár that can only be seen once due to the epidemic is a world premiere – in terms of its set.
The Hungarian State Opera hereby informs its employees and the general public that on 3 September, an artist of the Hungarian National Ballet tested positive for COVID-19. The Opera ceased all ballet rehearsals and sent every member of the ballet company home. Furthermore, the PCR testing of everyone in close contact with this artist has been ordered in accordance with guidelines issued by the relevant authorities.
The premiere of Cacti, a most popular piece by Alexander Ekman begins the 2020/21 season of the Hungarian National Ballet and the Hungarian State Opera. The choreography is part of the show entitled Cactuses that also showcases dance pieces by Hans van Manen and András Lukács. At the first premiere of The Muse of France Season, the Embassy of France to Budapest and the Opera are to sign a cooperation agreement.
The Hungarian State Opera plans to hold its performances announced for October 2020 with the introduction of the safety precautions listed below. Tickets are already available at our ticket offices and online.
Following several open-air programmes, musical life is resuming at the Hungarian State Opera – outdoors. On 19 August 2020, the eve of the National Holiday, the park surrounding the new venue called Eiffel Art Studios will host a massive gala programme featuring the artists of the Hungarian State Opera and one of the most popular tenors of our time: Jonas Kaufmann.
The Hungarian National Ballet, the 136-year-old official ballet company of the Hungarian State Opera, announces an online audition upon invitation for soloists and corps de ballet with contracts starting from 15 July 2020 or 1 October for soloists, and 15 July 2020 for corps de ballet (depending on the applicants’ work visa requirements). Applications by classically trained, professional male and female ballet dancers are welcome. Outstanding technique and qualities are a must.
Beginning with 1 July, guided tours are available again at the Opera House. English language tours take place daily at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Tours in Hungarian are offered at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.
A Magyar Állami Operaház partnere, az európai internetes operaközvetítések platformja, az OperaVision április 17-ig hét Mozart-operát tesz elérhetővé weboldalán.