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.
Titular music director, conductor, literary translator
(1936-2015) Géza Oberfrank obtained his conducting degree from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1961 and joined the Hungarian State Opera that same year. He would remain a member until 1980, while also serving as the chief music director – and Walter Felsenstein's principal musical associate – of Berlin's Komische Oper from 1973 to 1976. He also had a permanent role as the principal conductor of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra from 1976 to 1983 and a stint as the artistic director of the Budapest Operetta Theatre from 1980 until 1983. From 1983 to 1989, he was the chief music director in Szeged, working as both the managing conductor of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra and the opera director of the National Theatre of Szeged. While there, he conducted many performances at the Szeged Open-Air Festival and toured Western Europe each year with Szeged's opera productions. In 1989, he assumed musical leadership of the Hungarian State Opera and served as its chief music director in the 1990s, later becoming its chief music director emeritus and directing the institution's studio until 2010. He also worked as an opera director and produced many literary translations. He performed concerts in nearly every country in Europe and conducted in numerous Canadian and American cities while also making a great many recordings. His work was recognised with numerous awards: he was presented with the Ferenc Liszt Award in 1970 and the Middle Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in 1998, and was also named an Artist of Merit in 1982 and an Artist of Excellence in 1988.