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.
(1826-1917) Czech composer and violinist Ludwig Minkus wrote several hugely popular ballet scores, many of which are still widely performed today, including Don Quixote and La Bayadère. He was born in Vienna. His first work in ballet was assisting Edouard Deldevez on Paquita in Paris, 1846. In the early 1850s Minkus travelled to Russia, where he would spend the rest of his life. In 1862 he became leader and conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra and in 1866 joined the newly created Moscow Conservatory as a violin professor. His first great success as a composer came with his score for Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote (1869) at the Bolshoi. In 1870 he was appointed official composer of ballet music to the Imperial Theatres in St Petersburg and went on to have a rich creative relationship with Petipa, with whom his ballets included La Bayadère (1877) and Roxana (1878). Minkus retired in 1886 but was to have a last triumph with Mlada, composed in 1879 but first performed in the 1896/7 season. Minkus was in many ways the archetypal composer of mid-19th-century ballet.