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.
Başak Dilara Özdemir Lakatos
Born in 1981 in Istanbul, Başak Dilara Özdemir Lakatos started studying piano at the age of seven at the Istanbul State University Conservatory. In 1999, she was accepted to the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where she earned a master’s degree in music composition in 2004, graduating summa cum laude. In 2005, she was accepted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, under the guidance of Itamar Golan, and was also selected to attend IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) for studies in electroacoustic composition in Paris. She has been playing concerts throughout Europe, Israel, and Canada from an early age and has worked with various composers and pianists, such as Jonathan Harvey, Brian Ferneyhough, Hugues Dufourt, Hanspeter Kyburz, Zoltán Jeney, Andrea Szigetvári, Roland Batik, Vitaly Margulis and Sergei Dorensky. She has received many recognitions over the course of her career, including Junior Chamber International's TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young Persons) artistic/cultural award for outstanding young personalities in 2004, a scholarship from the Nadia and Lili Boulanger International Centre, as well as sponsorship awards that were created specifically for her by Koç and Eczacıbaşı, two Turkish corporations that sponsor culture and the arts. She has also achieved impressive results at competitions like the Liszt Academy's music composition competition and Haydn and Mozart piano competition for special talents, as well as at the music composition competition held by the Goethe-Institut at German and Canadian music academies, where she represented Germany in Canada with a string octet. She has also had her works published by EME Publish (Editions Musicales Européennes-Paris) since 2006. Between 2008 and 2014, she worked at the Istanbul State Opera as an opera répétiteur and ballet piano accompanist and assistant to the chief conductor. Afterwards, she served as a répétiteur at the Csokonai National Theatre in Debrecen. Since 2016, she has been working at the Hungarian State Opera as a piano accompanist for the Hungarian National Ballet, and is currently the coordinator of piano accompanists.