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.
Ero the Joker, a comic opera by Jakov Gotovac and Death in Venice, a dance performance by Valentina Turcu can be seen at the Erkel Theatre on 21 and 23 January 2020. The guest performances of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb are organised under the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
In accordance with the guidelines issued by the Government of Hungary on 11 March 2020, all performances at the Hungarian State Opera are cancelled until 3 April 2020 at the earliest.
Frank Hilbrich was born in Bremen. He started out with a brief acting career in the late ‘80s before taking up work as an assistant opera director at age 21. A crucial influence on him was his stint at Staatsoper Stuttgart under the leadership of Klaus Zehelein, where he worked together with artists Hans Neuenfels, Ruth Berghaus, Jossi Wieler and Inga Levant. After this, he took the director’s post at the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater in Schwerin. He has taught at Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music, the Musik-Akademie Basel and has been a professor in the opera department of the Universität der Künste Berlin since 2013. As a freelance director, he has worked in numerous opera houses around Central Europe. He recently directed Simon Boccanegra in Mainz, Die Zauberflöte in Hanover and Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen in Dresden, while also working over the years at Berlin’s Komische Oper, Essen’s Aalto-Musiktheater, Nationaltheater Mannheim and Theater Basel. His newest activities include single engagements at Theater Bremen, Oper Graz and the Hungarian State Opera. In Budapest, he is staging Don Carlo. He has a particularly close relationship with Theater Freiburg, where he staged a series of Wagnerian operas: the Ring cycle, Lohengrin and Parsifal. Aside from his interest in great 19th-century composers like Wagner, Verdi and Rossini, he is also engaged to direct contemporary operas. He is credited with such world premieres as those of Hans Thomalla’s work Kaspar Hauser in Freiburg in 2016 and Giorgio Battistelli’s opera Lot in Hanover in 2017. He has also staged operettas, including Der Vetter aus Dingsda and Die Blume von Hawaii.