Following several open-air programmes, musical life is resuming at the Hungarian State Opera – outdoors. On 19 August 2020, the eve of the National Holiday, the park surrounding the new venue called Eiffel Art Studios will host a massive gala programme featuring the artists of the Hungarian State Opera and one of the most popular tenors of our time: Jonas Kaufmann.
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.
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.
Musical life is resuming at the Eiffel Art Studios – outdoors. The park surrounding the Art Studios will host a massive gala programme featuring the artists of the Hungarian State Opera and one of the most popular tenors of our time: Jonas Kaufmann.
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.
(1882-1972) Born in the Russian town of Oranienbaum, Stravinsky became a citizen of France in 1934 and of the United States in 1945. His father was a famous bass in Saint Petersburg. He studied law in the Russian capital from 1901, but pursuing his true interest he spent a great deal of time engaged with music throughout this period. He started to study under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1903, thus mastering music composition as a private student. When his short symphonic pieces Feu d'artifice and Scherzo fantastique were premiered in Saint Petersburg in 1909, Sergei Diaghilev was among those attending the concert. Afterwards, he asked Stravinsky to write the music for a ballet treating the legend of the firebird. The success of this piece brought Stravinsky world fame in 1910. This was followed by Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913), by which point Stravinsky was considered one of the leading lights of the musical avant garde. Losing his property as a result of the Russian Revolution in 1917, the then began to write works for smaller-scale ensembles. This gave rise to his L'Histoire du soldat (1918), in which he managed to combine his two principal areas of interest: the rhythms of Russian folk music and American jazz. He wrote his ballet Pulcinella, created for Diaghilev in 1920s, based on music ascribed to Pergolesi, thus beginning Stravinsky's neo-classical period. His last pieces of obviously Russian music from this period were the ballet Les noces and the opera Mavra. After settling in France, he wrote a series of work that evoke the 18th century, but are unmistakably clad in 20th-century harmonic and rhythmic styles. Stravinsky's most outstanding creative works in this vein were his piano concerto, the Capriccio for piano and orchestra, his violin concerto, the ballet Apollon musagète, the Symphony in C major and, most of all, in his opera The Rake's Progress. At the same time, in its melodiousness, his opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex (1926-7), written to text by Jean Cocteau, was reminiscent of the 19th century and Verdi. In 1939, Stravinsky took up residence in the United States, spending most of his time in Los Angeles, where the climate was more favourable for coping with the tuberculosis he had meanwhile been diagnosed with. His first significant “American” work was his Symphony in 3 Movements from 1945. Another turning point came with the 1947 ballet Orpheus, which sparked Stravinsky's analysis of Monteverdi. He was also influenced by meeting American conductor Robert Craft, who was enthusiastic in his interest in both the Baroque and the Second Viennese School centred around Arnold Schönberg. Stravinsky later exhibited an interest in the serialism of Webern, and at Craft's urging the signs of the new movement also began to appear in his works. Attesting to this are his Canticum Sacrum (1955), Threni (1958), the ballet Agon and Movements for Piano and Orchestra. In 1962, he accepted an invitation from the Soviet Union to perform a concert series there, which took him to Leningrad and Moscow and led to meetings with Shostakovich and Khachaturian. In his final years, he principally wrote short, streamlined works, frequently with a religious feeling and form. At his request, he was buried in Venice, on the island of San Michele, close to the grave of Sergei Diaghilev.