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.
Born in Budapest in 1973, Gergely Vajda graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music after studying clarinet under Béla Kovács and conducting with Ervin Lukács. He studied music composition with Miklós Kocsár, as well as privately with Péter Eötvös, László Tihanyi, József Sári and Zoltán Jeney. Over the course of his studies, he served as assistant to Péter Eötvös in several productions and also took part in his international conducting course. Some of the ensembles he has directed as a conductor include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opéra de Montréal, the Atlanta Opera, Klangforum Wien and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In Hungary, he has also been the musical director of the New Theatre, organiser of the Valley of Arts festival, second conductor of the Dohnány Orchestra Budafok, and, as a clarinettist, a permanent musician with both the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic. From the autumn of 2002, he worked as assistant conductor at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and with the 2005/2006 season took up another post in the United States, as principal conductor at the Oregon Symphony. He has been musical director of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra since 2011, and since 2014 has also filled the posts of principal guest conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and musical director of the Armel Opera Festival and Competition.