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.
Ágnes Anna Kun
Ágnes Anna Kun graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 2008, after studying under Júlia Pászthy. Since 2009, she has been working with teacher Sherman Lowe in Venice. In 2006, she took the top spot at the Fifth József Simándy Singing Competition, and she has taken prizes at numerous other competition as well. She has participated in master classes held by Ildikó Komlósi, Péter Eötvös, Júlia Hamari, Éva Marton, Cornelia Kallisch, Johannes von Duisburg, Helmuth Rilling, Antoine Palloc, Mitsuko Shirai, Nicholas Clapton, Adrienne Csengery, Katalin Schultz, Roel van Oosten and Gergely Vajda. She started her career as an opera singer at the Csokonai National Theatre in Debrecen, and has been singing at the Hungarian State Opera since 2014. She regularly appears at Hungarian theatres outside of Budapest, and is also a popular concert singer. A seasoned interpreter of works by contemporary composers, she premieres many new pieces each year.
Education and training: 1998-2003: Járdányi Pál Music School – voice, teacher: Katalin Schultz 1998-2003: Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary – Faculty of Theology 2003-2008: Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music – voice, teacher: Júlia Pászthy 2009-: Sherman Lowe – Venice (Italy)
Master classes: Ildikó Komlósi, Péter Eötvös, Júlia Hamari, Éva Marton, Cornelia Kallisch, Johannes von Duisburg, Helmuth Rilling, Antoine Palloc, Mitsuko Shirai, Nicholas Clapton, Adrienne Csengery, Katalin Schultz, Roel van Oosten and Gergely Vajda
Competitions: Budapest Singing Competition, Third place (1999) Mihály Székely Singing Competition, Second place (2001) Fifth József Simándy Singing Competition, First place, Bartók Rádió's special prize, the University of Szeged, Faculty of Music's special prize (2006) Mezzo TV – Opera Competition, semifinalist (2008) Plácido Domingo – Operalia (2009) Armel Opera Competition, semifinalists (2010)
Awards and recognitions: Annie Fischer Scholarship (2009)
Festivals and concerts: Miskolc International Opera Festival (2006, 2014, 2016) Arezzo Festival – Accademia dell’Arte (2007) Mini Fesztivál – Contemporary Music Festival (2008) Kecskemét Spring Festival (2008) International Bartók Seminar and Festival (2008, 2009, 2013, 2016) Budapest Spring Festival (2011) “Versünnep” Poetry Festival (2014, 2015) Budaörs Festival (2015) Primavera ’16 Festival (2016)
Educational activities: 2009-2011: University of Miskolc, Faculty of Music 2010-: Lutheran Theological University – Department of Church Music
Principal roles: Mozart: Così fan tutte – Dorabella Bizet: Carmen – Mercedes Sullivan: The Mikado – Katisha Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle – Judith Racine/Melis: Athalie – Levite girl Haydn: Lo speziale – Volpino Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel – Abbess Kodály: Háry János – Örzse Gounod: Roméo et Juliette – Stephano Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia – Rosina Melis/Euripides: The Bacchae – Chorus head, Mezzo-soprano solo Rossini: La Cenerentola – La Cenerentola/Angelina Vidovszky: Narcissus and Echo – Echo Bizet: Carmen – title role Britten: The Rape of Lucretia – Female chorus (Narrator) Vivaldi: Farnace – Selinda Balassa: Cataclysm – Aunt Mári Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro – Cherubino