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.
Director, artistic assistant
Born in Pécs in 1975, Mária Harangi studied Hungarian and French at Eötvös Loránd University's Faculty of Humanities, and then earned her degree in directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts upon completing the specialised musical drama course headed by Miklós Szinetár. Her teachers were Emil Petrovics, András Békés, János Ács, Gábor Székely and Miklós Gábor Kerényi. As her diploma production, she presented Donizetti's comic opera Rita at the Millenáris Theatre, while writing her thesis, titled Music is Half the Battle, on possible applications of musical prose and musical theatre. After co-directing two works (Hunyadi László and Rigoletto) with Miklós Szinetár at the Opera House, she made her debut with Levente Gyöngyösi's opera The Stork Caliph. She has directed in different genres of musical drama. In opera, she staged Gianni Schicchi as an examination production, and also created Il trovatore (Szeged), The Spinning Room (Debrecen), Das Dreimäderlhaus (Veszprém), The Seagull (at the Mezzo Opera Competition and Festival in New York), as well as a non-traditional production of The Magic Flute with the HOPPart Company. She has directed both classic musicals and ones that bring innovation to the genre, including productions of West Side Story, Man of La Mancha (Eger), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!, Avenue Q (Central Theatre), Group Therapy, The Vulture (Madách Theatre) and Into the Woods (Hungarian Theatre of Pest), as well as a staging of The Attic that served as the opening production for Tatabánya's theatre. She conducted her first classical operetta, Baroness Lili, in Kecskemét in 2009, following up with Miska the Magnate in Zalaegerszeg in 2010. Classical dramas she has presented are A Streetcar Named Desire (2010) and Closed Proceedings (2011), both staged in Székesfehérvár. She regularly develops puppet and children's theatre productions, including Dream, Dream, Dream With Me and Society of Stags (a version of Bartók's Cantata Profana aimed at young viewers) in Veszprém; World of Worlds; Sir Star – Adventures in Ihajcsuhajdia, Cold Heart and The Boatman of the Moon in Szombathely; Mr A's Amazing Maze Plays in Székesfehérvár; and Pinocchio, or Once upon a time there was a piece of wood at the Colibri Theatre. The HOPPArt Company has been performing her production of Did I ever tell you the one about... for three consecutive years, with great success. In 2012, she was admitted to the University of Theatre and Film Arts' doctoral school. The subject of her dissertation involves developing a curriculum for the training of post-graduate directors of music drama. The mother of two children, she has served as an artistic assistant at the Hungarian State Opera since May of 2016.