Internationally renowned ballet dancer Iván Nagy (1943-2014) passed away five years ago. During his career, he worked with celebrated choreographers such as George Balanchine, Ronald Hynd, Jerome Robbins, Rudolf Nureyev, Frederick Ashton, and Alvin Ailey. His most noteworthy performances include Solor from La Bayadère, James from La Sylphide, Romeo from Romeo and Juliet, and Albrecht from Giselle. After his career as a dancer, he worked as a ballet master and art director for world renowned ensembles, and served as head consultant to the Hungarian State Opera in the last two years of his life. His passing left a great void in the ensemble’s ranks.
In his memory, the Opera organises an international ballet gala night each year, in which soloists from the greatest ballet companies in the world join the artists of the Opera’s ballet ensemble to pay tribute to the great ballet dancer.
Founder, director: Tamás Solymosi
Presenter: Szilvia Becze
Ballet masters: Mária Aradi, Kornélia Mráz, Radina Dace, Edit Rujsz, Marianna Venekei
Conductor: Imre Kollár
Featuring the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra.
Kornélia Mráz / Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers > students of the Hungarian National Ballet Academy
Seregi / Khachaturian: Spartacus – Pas de deux > Sofia Ivanova-Skoblikova (Hungarian National Ballet), Iurii Kekalo (Hungarian National Ballet)
Balanchine / Delibes: Sylvia – Pas de deux > Tatiana Melnik (Hungarian National Ballet), Dmitry Timofeev (Hungarian National Ballet)
Balanchine / Tchaikovsky: Theme and Variatons > Maia Makhateli (Dutch National Ballet) Artur Shesterikov (Dutch National Ballet), and the members of the Hungarian National Ballet
Petipa / Minkus / Deldevéz: Paquita – Variation > Lili Pásztor (Hungarian National Ballet Academy)
van Manen / Satie: Trois Gnossiennes – Pas de deux > Lili Felméry (Hungarian National Ballet), Mikalai Radziush (Hungarian National Ballet)
Featuring on piano: Basak Dilara Lakatos
Gsovsky / Auber: Grand Pas Classique – Pas de deux > Olesya Novikova (Mariinsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg), Leonid Sarafanov (Mikhailovsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg)
Forsythe / Schubert: The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude > Yourim Lee (Hungarian National Ballet), Cristina Balaban (Hungarian National Ballet), Tatiana Melnik (Hungarian National Ballet), Ángel García Molinero (Spanish National Dance Company, Madrid), Anthony Pina (Spanish National Dance Company, Madrid)