On 7 November 1810, Ferenc Erkel was born the son of a teacher in the eastern town of Gyula. Since 2013, the birthday of the father of Hungary’s Romantic national opera is celebrated on Hungarian Opera Day. This day saw the reopening of the Opera House’s legendary second venue, the Erkel Theatre on Pope John Paul II Square, the largest seated auditorium in Central Europe. On this day in autumn 2014, we also remembered another brilliant Hungarian composer, who – like Erkel – also made significant contributions as a teacher: Sándor Szokolay, whose Blood Wedding we performed on the 50th anniversary of its premiere. In 2015, we celebrated with another world-famous Hungarian work: the colossal oriental opera, Die Königin von Saba (The Queen of Sheba) by Karl Goldmark, who died 100 years ago. In 2016, a concert performance of Ferenc Erkel’s first opera, Bátori Mária was in the programme, and the studio recording of the opera, based on the critical edition of the score, was issued on the same day. Last year we released the massive Opera Vault series of 50+3 CDs to the general public. The series was sent to public libraries and the music collections of universities, colleges and secondary schools, and is also available for purchase at the Opera Shops. This year, we are including brand-new opera recordings of Erkel’s Erzsébet and Levente Gyöngyösi’s The Master and Margarita in the box as extra volumes. The internal awards of the opera, the jubilee golden rings, will be awarded before the performance, and the new Eternal Members and Master Artists will also be inaugurated. Of course, we will not forget to lay a wreath at the Erkel statue in the foyer of the theatre.