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.
Dear Visitors and Customers,
According to the Operational Group commissioned by the Government of Hungary responsible for the containment of the coronavirus epidemic, the height of the spread of the epidemic was expected on 3 May 2020. Therefore, taking the usual one-month rehearsal period into consideration, any theoretical chances of having any performances in the 2019/20 season had ceased. The earliest possibility for the Hungarian State Opera to be open for audiences is in September 2020.
Hugo von Hofmannstahl
(1874-1929) Austrian poet, dramatist and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal was one of the foremost writers in German of the early 20th century. His 23-year collaboration with composer Richard Strauss began in 1906 when Strauss adapted his 1903 play Elektra, and led to six original librettos including Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos and Die Frau ohne Schatten. He was born in Vienna. By the age of 17 he was renowned throughout German-speaking lands for his lyric poetry. He studied law in Vienna before devoting himself to literature. He emerged from a crisis in his mid-20s with a new belief in the possibilities of drama, combined with poetry and music, to serve a valuable role in society. This belief is evident in his librettos and in his greatest plays, including Jedermann (1912). He first approached Strauss in 1900 with a scenario for a ballet, Der Triumph der Zeit, but it was not until Elektra that their collaboration began; it would last until Hofmannsthal’s death. His collaborations with Strauss are among the finest examples in opera’s history of works in which text and music are of equal artistry. In 1920 he and Strauss with Max Reinhardt founded the Salzburg Festival, where Jedermann continues to be performed every year.