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.
set and costume designer, head stage director, eternal member
(1901-1956) Gusztáv Oláh joined the opera in 1921, first working as a set designer and later as a director, spending the last part of his career as the theatre's chief principal director. His work in opera earned him a position among the greatest figures in Hungary's theatre culture. In his capacity as a set designer, he was a representative of the traditional style with which he had grown up and which was fashionable around the world during his active years. Within the limits of this style, however, he produced the maximum degree of artistry, atmosphere and historical accuracy with regard to location. The essence of his work as a director was a meticulous precision and a director's book worked out to the tiniest detail. Just like every great opera director, he worked solely on the basis of the music: he set the movements to the rhythm of the music and its changes in mood. And this is natural, since he was a trained musician and an excellent pianist. For a while, he also directed the Opera's ballet programme, and as principal director he was also virtually the theatre's intellectual leader as well. He was invited abroad quite often, both as a director and as a designer. It was during such a guest assignment that he died, while working on a production of Khovanschchina with conductor Frigyes Fricsay in Munich. As a college professor, he also trained the next generation of directors.