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.
Lighting designer Jan Thomas Hofstra was born in the Dutch city of Leiden in 1935. After first training as an instrument-maker, he went on to study electrical and radio engineering. Between 1950 and 1961, he worked in the film industry, and then from 1961 to 1964 served as the technical director of one of the larger travelling production companies. In 1964, he wound up employed with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. During this period, he collaborated with numerous well-known choreographers and designers, including Peter Wright, Hans van Manen, Rudi van Dantzig, Toer van Schayk, Heinz Spoerli, Éduard Lock, Jean-Paul Vroom, Keso Dekker, Jan van der Wal and Kurt Jooss. He handled the lighting for several of George Balanchine's choreographies, including Agon, Theme and Variations, Serenade and Symphony in C. In addition, he has served as the lighting designer at many of the world's renowned ballet companies working on the ballets of Hans van Manen (Three Pieces for HET, 5 Tangos, Metaforen, Trois Gnossiennes) and Kurt Jooss (The Green Table). Other examples of his wide repertoire include Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Les noces, Paquita, Graduation Ball, Grand pas Espagnol, Pas de deux Romantique, Canto Indio, 5/13, The Miraculous Mandarin, Les Caprices de Cupidon, The Firebird, Suite en Blanc, Time out of mind and Witch Boy. Since 1994, he has also been the lighting designer for all of the Amsterdam National Museum's exhibitions. In 2001, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands made him a Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau for his 40 years of artistic work.