The Hungarian National Ballet presents a new Laurencia production choreographed by Michael Messerer on 6 March 2020. The production that can be seen seven times this season aims to enchant audiences with spectacular solo dances, duets and ensembles.
Dear Visitors and Customers,
According to the Operational Group commissioned by the Government of Hungary responsible for the containment of the coronavirus epidemic, the height of the spread of the epidemic was expected on 3 May 2020. Therefore, taking the usual one-month rehearsal period into consideration, any theoretical chances of having any performances in the 2019/20 season had ceased. The earliest possibility for the Hungarian State Opera to be open for audiences is in September 2020.
Eszter Sümegi obtained her diploma in opera singing from the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in 1993 and has been one of the Hungarian State Opera's leading soloists ever since then, with more than thirty leading roles to her name in her career thus far. Her international career also commenced in 1993, when she sang the role of Ines in Donizetti's La favorite under the professional guidance of Luciano Pavarotti. In 2012, she became one of the first to be awarded the title of Chamber Singer of the Hungarian State Opera, which she won again in 2015. She has been a guest on a number of the world's opera stages, having sung at Berlin's Komische Oper, as well as in Salzburg, Bregenz, Reykjavik, Toronto, Karlsruhe and Bellinzona, working together with some of the world's leading singers, conductors and directors, including Christoph Eschenbach and Robert Wilson. One of the most sought-after concert singers, she has performed together with José Cura, Giuseppe Giacomini and László Polgár from a repertoire that includes works by Rossini, Brahms, Mozart and Verdi. Her Tosca has thrilled audiences in Vienna, Frankfurt and Toronto, and elsewhere, as her Aida has done in Pittsburgh, Barcelona and Beijing. Over the course of her career, she has sung all of the main Puccini roles, and in more recent years has discovered the great roles of Strauss (the title role in Arabella, the Empress from Die Frau ohne Schatten and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier) and Wagner (Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Elsa in Lohengrin, etc.), which have met with unanimous acclaim from both the audience and within the profession. As Sulamith (in Károly Goldmark's The Queen of Sheba), she gave a portrayal that was a revelation, and her world-class performance in Die Frau ohne Schatten was hailed in the music press.
Education and training: Ferenc Liszt Music Academy
Competitions: Pavarotti Singing Competition, Philadelphia – first prize (1992)
Artistic career: Hungarian State Opera – soloist (1993-) Academy of Music, Philadelphia (1992) Komische Oper, Berlin Reykjavik Bregenz Salzburg Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Bellinzona Karlsruhe St. Margarethen Austin Opera, Texas Wiener Staatsoper Théatre du Chatelet, Párizs Oper Frankfurt Pittsburgh Opera
Concerts: Prague, Bregenz, Cemal Resit Key Concert Salon (Istanbul), Paris, Rome, Toronto, Catania, Philadelphia, Lincoln Center (New York)
Awards and recognitions: Kossuth Prize (2018) Chamber Singer of the Hungarian State Opera (2012/13, 2015/16) Artist of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2010) Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2004) Mihály Székely Commemorative Plaque (2000) Juventus Prize (1997) Mr. and Mrs. Andor Mándy Award (1994)
Principal roles: Verdi: Don Carlos – Elisabeth Verdi: La forza del destino – Leonora Verdi: Il trovatore – Leonora Verdi: Aida – title role Verdi: Vespri siciliani – Elena Verdi: La traviata – title role Verdi: Un ballo in maschera – Amelia Verdi: Otello – Desdemona Verdi: Giovanna d’Arco – title role Verdi: Nabucco – Abigél Puccini: Labohème – Mimì Puccini: Turandot – Liù Puccini: Tosca – title role Puccini: Il tabarro – Giorgetta Puccini: Suor Angelica – title role Puccini: Madama Butterfly – title role Puccini: Manon Lescaut – title role Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro – Countess Almaviva Leoncavallo: Pagliacci – Nedda Giordano: Andrea Chénier – Maddalena Bellini: Norma – title role Tchaikovsky: Onegin – Tatiana Goldmark: The Queen of Sheba – Sulamith B. Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle – Judith R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier – Marschallin R. Strauss: Arabella – title role R. Strauss: Die Frau ohne Schatten – Empress J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus – Rosalinda Wagner: Tannhäuser – Elisabeth Wagner: Lohengrin – Elsa Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer – Senta Wagner: Die Walküre – Gerhilde, Sieglinde Wagner: Siegfried – Brünnhilde Reimann: Lear – Cordelia d'Albert: Tiefland (The Lowlands) – Marta Ponchielli: Gioconda – title role