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.
Ildikó Szakács's first teacher was Judit Adrigán, at the Saint Stephen High School of Music. In 2007 she graduated, with honours, as a singer from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where she studied under Júlia Pászthy and Wanda Mazalin. As a member of the Bel Canto Opera Company, she sings principal roles in a broad range of well-known operas with them. She has made guest appearances in a number of European countries (England, France, Poland, Germany and Slovakia) as well as in North America (both in Canada and the United States), including a solo recital of works by Mussorgsky and Argento in the Weill Recital Hall at New York's Carnegie Hall. A three-time (in 2010, 2011 and 2012) winner of the Annie Fischer scholarship for performing artists, she also made it to the finals of the 2011 Armel opera competition, which led to several performances as Gilda in Róbert Alföldi's production of Rigoletto at the Pilsen opera house. She has been a soloist at the Hungarian State Opera since 2012, where her principal roles include those of Mária Gara (in Erkel's Hunyadi László), the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Konstanze (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Gilda (Rigoletto), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Frasquita (Carmen), Rosita (Don Cristóbal), one of the maids in Die Frau ohne Schatten, as well as a part in György Ligeti's work Mysteries of the Macabre.