The Hungarian National Ballet presents a new Laurencia production choreographed by Michael Messerer on 6 March 2020. The production that can be seen seven times this season aims to enchant audiences with spectacular solo dances, duets and ensembles.
Dear Visitors and Customers,
According to the Operational Group commissioned by the Government of Hungary responsible for the containment of the coronavirus epidemic, the height of the spread of the epidemic was expected on 3 May 2020. Therefore, taking the usual one-month rehearsal period into consideration, any theoretical chances of having any performances in the 2019/20 season had ceased. The earliest possibility for the Hungarian State Opera to be open for audiences is in September 2020.
Debrecen-born tenor Péter Balczó first got the chance to display his talent at his home town's Csokonai Theatre, in the role of Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and then went on to expand his repertoire as a soloist with increasingly difficult operatic characters. At the Armel Opera Competition and Festival in 2010, after giving a memorable portrayal of Alfredo Germont (La traviata), he was named the best male performer of the competition. In 2011, he also got to demonstrate that he belonged in international opera life with various performances abroad (including in Don Giovanni in Italy, in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in Slovenia and La bohème in Romania, with later appearances in theatres in Kassa [Košice], Maribor and Oman). In 2012, back in Hungary, he won over the audiences in venues around the country (in Szeged, Miskolc, Pécs and Szombathely) with his portrayals of classic heroes like Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Rodolfo (La bohème). He debuted at the Hungarian State Opera in the role of Alfredo Germont before finding his way to complex characters such as the title role in Hunyadi László, Fenton (Falstaff), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Kornélis (Saint-Saëns's La princesse jaune) and Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress). An important junction in this phase of his career was the city of Szombathely, where he tested his mettle in the dramatic tenor role of La forza del destino (2013) and as the lyric character of Lensky in Onegin (2014). In 2015, he took the stage of the Budapest Operetta Theatre in the role of Alfred in Johann Strauss's grand operetta Die Fledermaus.
Education and training: University of Debrecen Faculty of Music (2003-2009) – teacher: Éva Mohos Nagy Kunstuniversität Graz (2005-2006) – teacher: Claudia Rüggeberg Zoltán Kodály High School of Music, Debrecen, solo voice (2001-2003) – teacher: Vilhelmina Papp Simonffy Emil Music School, Debrecen, violin (1990-2002) – teacher: Mrs. Zsolt Szesztay Master classes: Mirella Freni, Dénes Gulyás, Júlia Hamari
Competitions: Wilhelm Stenhammar International Singing Competition, Norrköping, Sweden – fourth place (2012) Puccini International Singing Competition, Lucca, Italy – Teatro Comunale di Bologna's special prize (2011) Armel Opera Competition and Festival, Szeged, Hungary – shared first place (2010) Second International Gianluca Ricci Singing Competition, Montefiore Conca, Italy – second place (2010) International Tenor Competition, Jyväskylä, Finland – third place Opera (2009) Competition and Festival with Mezzo Television, Szeged, Hungary – finalist (2009) Simándy József Singing Competition, Szeged, Hungary – Amarilli special prize (2007) International Singing Competition, Deutschlandsberg, Austria – finalist (2005) József Simándy Singing Competition, Szeged, Hungary – special prize (2005)
Awards and recognitions: Vilmos Rubányi Award, for achievement during the season (2015) Dömötör Award, for male opera singer of the season based on audience voting (2011, 2012) Simándy Commemorative Plaque (2012) Young Opera Singer of the Season Award, for achievement during the season, Szeged (2011) Award of Excellence, for achievement in Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride (2007)