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.
(1751-1812) German dramatist, director, actor, singer and composer Emanuel Schikaneder was a leading figure in German theatre and opera in the late 18th century. He wrote the libretto for Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, in which he also played Papageno in the premiere. He was born in Straubing, Bavaria, and educated in Regensburg, where he sang in the cathedral choir. He was active as a performer, writer and impresario throughout his career, and also danced and composed. For his Singspiel Die Lyranten, performed in Innsbruck in 1775/6, he wrote both words and music, and sang the lead role. He befriended the Mozarts in 1780, though his collaboration with Wolfgang Amadeus on Die Zauberflöte did not come about until 1791. This was one of a number of Singspiels based on his own librettos that Schikaneder commissioned for the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna: other composers who set his texts include Franz Xaver Süssmayr and Peter Winter, whose Das Labyrinth was a sequel to Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Although today Schikaneder is primarily known for his collaboration with Mozart, he was widely respected as a dramatist in his time and for decades after his death, with Goethe a particular admirer. His legacy also survives in the form of the Theater an der Wien, the Viennese theatre he opened in 1801 and which remains prominent today.