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.
Gabriella Létay Kiss
Gabriella Létay Kiss graduated with honours from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1999 with a diploma in voice, and later, between 2001 and 2003, was a member of the Opera Studio. She has participated in master classes held by Anna Reynolds and Renata Scotto, among others. In 2000, she was awarded both first prize and a special prize at the Hungarian Radio Singing Competition. During the 2014/15 season, she was named Chamber Singer of the Hungarian State Opera season, where she has sung since 2001. She also makes regular concert appearances, including in Bergamo, Verona, Montreal and Abu Dhabi. In 2006 Hungaroton issued a world premiere release of César Franck's complete songs as performed by Létay Kiss. Her lyric mezzo-soprano roles include the title role in La Cenerentola, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Cherubino (Il nozze di Figaro). Since 2005, she has been singing soprano roles, which include Liù (Turandot) Mimì (La boheme), the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Rusalka and Suor Angelica, as well as Marguerite (Faust), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Desdemona (Otello) and Leonora (Il trovatore).
Education and training: Opera Studio (2001-2003) Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music (1999) – Faculty of Vocal and Opera Studies, university degree with honours Master classes: Brigitte Fassbaender, Júlia Hamari, Anna Reynolds, Renata Scotto
Competitions: Hungarian Radio Singing Competition – First Place and Special Prize (the latter awarding an opportunity to perform a concert abroad) (2000)
Awards and distinctions: Ferenc Liszt Award (2019) Knight's Cross (civilian division) of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2017) Chamber Singer of the Hungarian State Opera (2014/2015)
Professional work: Hungarian State Opera (2001-) – Vocal soloist Concerts: Hungarian Radio's Marble Hall, Bergamo, Merano, Verona, Rimini, Montreal, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi Audio recordings: The complete songs of César Franck, the first time they were ever recorded as a complete set (HUNGAROTON, 2006)
Principal roles: Lyric mezzo-soprano roles (until 2005): Gounod: Roméo et Juliette Stéphano Rossini: La Cenerentola – Angelina Rossini: The Barber of Seville – Rosina Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro – Cherubino Soprano roles (after 2005): Puccini: Turandot – Liù Puccini: La Bohème – Mimì Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Cio-Cio san Mozart: The Magic Flute – Pamina Dvořák: Rusalka – Rusalka Tchaikovsky: Onegin – Tatiana Boito: Mefistofele – Margherita, Elena Bizet: Carmen – Micaëla Verdi: Otello – Desdemona Puccini: Suor Angelica – Suor Angelica Gounod: Faust – Marguerite Verdi: Il trovatore – Leonora