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.
Dear Visitors and Customers,
The management of the Hungarian State Opera would like to express their gratitude (also on behalf of the sales team) for the patience and understanding shown by their customers in the past weeks and without whom the institute would have no future. The artists and employees of the Opera are determined to do their best to reward all the love and trust once the epidemic is over.
Born in Budapest, Gábor Bretz, studied with Stephen Czovek in Los Angeles before returning to Budapest to continue his training first with Professor Albert Antalffy, then at the Béla Bartók High School of Music with Mária Fekete, and later with Erika Sziklai and Sándor Sólyom-Nagy at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. In 2005 he took the top prize at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens. He appears at the Hungarian State Opera regularly, with roles that include (Boito's) Mefistofele, Figaro, Leporello, Don Giovanni, Méphistophélès (Gounod's Faust), Banquo (Macbeth) and Gurnemanz (Parsifal), and was appointed Chamber Singer of the Hungarian State Opera for the 2012/13 season. He has made his debut at a number of operatic venues abroad, including at the Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden, and in Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Bologna and Hamburg. At various stages around the world, he has worked under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Adam Fischer, Edward Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Lothar Koenigs, Michele Mariotti and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He regularly sings the title role in Bluebeard's Castle in both concert performances and staged productions. Also a frequent guest on concert stages, he has sung works by Bach, Haydn and Mozart, as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Tippett's A Child of our Time, Berlioz's L’enfance du Christ, Verdi's Requiem and Handel's Messiah with such conductors as Sylvain Cambreling, Carlo Montanaro and Helmuth Rilling.