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.
(1802-1870) Césare Pugni was born in Genoa in 1802 and studied at the Milan Conservatory of Music. While in Milan he contributed music for ballets, then Elerz e Zulmida (1826) was the first work composed completely by him. From 1832-1834 he was maestro al cembalo and music director of La Scala. Then he went to Paris where he became director of the Paganini Institute and was briefly associated with Bellini. During this time he composed The Devil’s Fiddle, The Marquitante, The Marble Maiden, and Stella, ou Les Contrebandiers (1850). In 1843, he began a long collaboration with Jules Perrot at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. Unquestionably gifted, Pugni always worked in a great hurry and on specific order from customers he was forced to satisfy, hence the crudeness of his music. In 1851, Pugni went to St. Petersburg from London where he had been staff composer of ballet music at the Royal Covent Garden Opera House. In Russia, he was staff composer at the Imperial Ballet, and, during his nineteen years there, composed thirty-five ballets and a great number of individual dances. Among his outstanding compositions were La Esmeralda (1844), The Little Hump-backed Horse (1864), Daughter of Pharaoh (1862), Catarina, ou La Fille du Bandit (1846), Armide, contributions to Adolphe Adam’s score for Le Corsaire (1856), Pas de Quatre (1845), Paquerette, Faust (1854), and King Candaule. As a composer, Pugni’s output numbered 312 ballets, ten operas, and forty Masses. He died in St. Petersburg in 1870 at the age of 68.