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.
Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945) was an Italian composer and conductor. In 1882, he was admitted to the Milan Conservatory, where he studied under Ponchielli. After leaving the conservatory two years later, he became the conductor of a travelling operetta company and then later married and settled down in Cerignola to work as a teacher. His 1889 opera Cavalleria rusticana – for which he put aside work on Guglielmo Ratcliff, another opera of his – won a one-act opera competition sponsored by the Sonzogno music publishing house. The winning work was premiered in Rome in 1890 and was soon triumphing all over the world. This success overshadowed all of his later compositions, and for a long time he was considered a one-work composer. He later enjoyed relatively major successes with his operas Iris (1898) and Il piccolo Marat (1921). Mascagni was also an outstanding conductor of both orchestral concerts and opera. When Arturo Toscanini, in symbolic protest of fascism, resigned from the position of music director of La Scala in 1929, Mascagni took over a number of his duties. In addition to his operas, Mascagni also wrote songs, orchestral works, sacred music, piano works, cantatas, an operetta, film music and a symphonic poem.