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.
István Rácz was born in Debrecen in 1963 and graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1990. His teachers included Lamberto Gardelli, Rico Sacchani, Zoltán Peskó, Pier Giorgio Morandi, János Ács, András Mikó, Ádám Medveczky, János Kovács, James Conlon, Emil Petrovics, Miklós Szinetár, Balázs Potyók, Edit Fábry, Zsolt Bende, Dezső Ligeti, Yevgeny Nesterenko, Hanne-Lore Kuhse, Eszter Réthy and Mircea Briazu. He also attended master classes led by the latter four. He has been recognised with numerous several awards over the course of his career, including the Bartók-Pásztory Award, the Juventus Award, the Miklós Bence Award, the Ferenc Liszt Award and the Vilmos Rubányi Award. He took second place at the Second Pavarotti Singing Competition in Modena and has been a member of the Hungarian State Opera since 1990. He also joined Oper der Stadt Köln for the 1992/93 season, where he got the chance to sing roles like Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), the Bosun (Billy Budd, directed by Willy Decker) and Simone (Mozart: La finta semplice). He has made numerous appearances abroad, including as a Nazarene (Salome) and Philip II (Don Carlos) at the Savonlinna Opera Festival, as Ramfis (Aida) in Taormina, as Zuniga (Carmen) in Stuttgart and Bellinzona, as Angelotti (Tosca) and the Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly) in Japan and Timur (Turandot) in Klagenfurt. He has sung the parts in Mozart's and Verdi's Requiems several times, and has also portrayed Bluebeard (in Bluebeard's Castle) in several cities, including Freiburg, Kuala Lumpur, Rome, Ostrava and Miskolc. Along with popular bass roles from Mozart (Sarastro, Osman, the Commendatore), Verdi (Philip II, Zaccaria, Sparafucile, Banco, Fiesco, Ramfis) and Puccini (Colline, Simone, Angelotti, Talpa, Timur), his repertoire also embraces works by Mussorgsky, Britten, Janáček, Tchaikovsky and Wagner. His oratorical repertoire includes Rossini's Stabat Mater, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Ninth Symphony, Haydn's four great masses and Kodály's Te Deum of Buda Castle.