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.
(1791-1861) The French dramatist and librettist Eugène Scribe was born in Paris, the city that remained the centre of his creative activity throughout his entire life. The genre of the so-called pièce bien faite (“well-made play”) was codified based on his ideas and literary devices. He studied law at the Sorbonne, but abandoned his studies in order to work in theatre. His artistic breakthrough came in 1815, with the piece Une nuit de la garde nationale, which he wrote together with Charles-Gaspard Delestre-Poirson. Scribe would very often continue to work with collaborators afterwards as well: in order to handle the large quantity of work after achieving fame and popularity, he opened a workshop where he created the pieces together with his colleagues, dividing up the tasks. His initial successes came primarily from writing vaudevilles, for which he would eventually begin to adapt characters from individuals in contemporary society. Later on, he also became popular in other genres. He wrote a great many spoken dramas, nearly 150 for the Théâtre du Gymnase alone. One of his most famous comedies, Le verre d'eau, is still performed to this day. He was also sought after as a librettist, and wrote the text for more than 50 operas, with many of them premiered at the Opéra de Paris. He frequently collaborated with Giacomo Meyerbeer (Robert le diable, Les Huguenots, Le prophète) and also wrote librettos for Verdi (Les vêpres siciliennes), Auber, Halévy (La Juive), Donizetti, Rossini (Le comte Ory) and others.