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.
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