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.
Rareş Zaharia imposed himself in the last few years as one of the most interesting opera stage directors of his generation, and his productions have often been compared by the critics with those of Robert Wilson, Pina Bausch or his mentor, Silviu Purcarete for their beauty and complexity. He was born in a family of artists and started by studying the piano, history of art and singing, and established himself in Paris. In Paris he discovered and developped his passion for opera stage direction. Assistant of important stage directors such as Irina Brook (for the production of Giulio Cesare at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris) or Petrika Ionesco (Der fliegende Holländer at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège), he became the assistant for opera of Silviu Purcarete with whom he collaborated on the following productions: Gianni Schicchi at the Hungarian Theatre in Cluj, Measure for measure at the Marin Sorescu National Theatre in Craiova, Love and Other Demons by Peter Eötvös at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Artaserse by Leonardo Vinci at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy or Aleko and Francesca da Rimini by Rachmaninov at the Teatro Colon, in Buenos Aires. Silviu Purcarete trusted him with the revivals of his productions on great European stages (Love and Other Demons at the operas in Strasbourg and Cologne, Artaserse at the Opéra Royal de Versailles and Aleko and Francesca da Rimini at the Opéra National de Lorraine, in Nancy). Rareş Zaharia was selected for two consecutive years in the Academy of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, but also to the August Everding Bayeriseches Theaterakademie in Munich (with a project on Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas) and at the Verona Opera Academy (with a project on Isabeau by Pietro Mascagni). He made his debut as stage director at the Bucharest National Opera with Don Pasquale. He staged afterwards Mandragola by Gianluca Verlingieri (a project for which he also wrote the libretto) for the Academy of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Otello at the Craiova Opera, Hamlet-fragments (a semi-staged version after the opera by Ambroise Thomas) at the Temple du Luxembourg, in Paris, Lady Sarashina by Peter Eötvös at the Teatro Sao Luiz in Lisabon, Wiener Blut by Johann Strauss and Don Carlo both at the Craiova Opera. For the staging of Otello he received the Excellence Prize of the Elena Teodorini Academy of Arts and Sciences in London. He also won the second prize of stage direction concepts organized by the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2014 with a project on madrigals by Monteverdi.