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.
ballet dancer, choreographer, eternal member, master artist
(1929-2012) László Seregi was born in Budapest in 1929. When he was fifteen and a half years old and the din of weaponry had died away in the Hungarian capital, he applied for admittance to the College of Applied Arts to study graphic design. He did not complete his studies, and went to work in the warehouse of a cogwheel factory. In 1949, he signed with the Artistic Ensemble of the Hungarian People's Army, where he absorbed folk dance from Iván Szabó and classical ballet from Marcella Nádasi. He quickly demonstrated his talent as a choreographer: his 1952 work Dances of Kalotaszeg was followed by 1953's Morning in the Camp. In 1957 he signed with the Hungarian State Opera, starting out as a dancer, and later becoming a ballet master and choreographer. His first choreographies were ballet interludes for operas, with the most successful ones being those for Faust (1966) and Tannhäuser (1967). His breakthrough came in 1968, when he enjoyed a great triumph with the premiere of the ensemble's new three-act grand ballet, Spartacus. In 1970, he choreographed both The Wooden Prince and The Miraculous Mandarin. More highly acclaimed full-length ballets were to follow, starting with Sylvia (1972) and The Cedar (1975). In 1978, he came out with a superb one-act piece titled Variations on a Children's Song. After serving as the Opera's ballet director from 1977 until 1984, he started producing another series of major works in 1985, creating the first of his Shakespearean ballet's with Romeo and Juliet. This was followed in 1989 with A Midsummer Night's Dream, and in 1994 with The Taming of the Shrew. The Opera House's Hungarian National Ballet has enjoyed tremendous successes with his choreographies on tours abroad over past decades. His works have been performed, and often remain on the programme, on the world's leading ballet stages. Over the course of his career, he won a great many awards and recognitions both in Hungary and abroad. These include the Ferenc Erkel Award (1969), Artist of Merit (1972), the National Council of Trade Unions Award (1975), the Austrian Order of Merit (1976), Artist of Excellence (1978), the Kossuth Prize (1980), the Order of the Flag of the Hungarian People's Republic with Laurel Wreath (1989), Master Artist of the Hungarian State Opera (2003), Lifetime Achievement Award of the Hungarian Dance Association (2003). Principal works: Folk dance choreographies: Dances of Kalotaszeg, Morning in the Camp, dances from The Spinning Room Opera dance interludes and musical theatre choreographies: The Beggar Student, Guillaume Tell, Un amour électronique, Faust, Tannhäuser, Cats Film: The Girl Who Was Danced Into Life One-act ballets: The Wooden Prince, The Miraculous Mandarin, Air, On the Town, Serenade, Chamber Music No. 1, Variations on a Children's Song Grand ballets: Spartacus, Sylvia, The Cedar, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew