The Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources has appointed Szilveszter Ókovács as General Director of the Hungarian State Opera for five years. The Minister’s decision has been made in accordance to the recommendation of the Tender Board.
The Hungarian State Opera launches the year of 2013 - and the Wagner bicentenary - with the opening of a completely new production of Richard Wagner’ Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman). Th uniqueness of this production is that the original version written in 1841 in Paris will be staged this time. The premiere and the 3 subsequent performances will be conducted by Ralf Weikert.
The Italian baritone legend is regarded as one of the most famous Rigolettos on earth, having sung the tragic father figure more than 570 times on stages like La Scala and the Met. Nucci will perform his iconic role on the 21st and 23d at the Budapest Opera, with world-renowed partners like Hungarian soprano star Erika Miklósa and the excellent young Italian tenor, Ivan Magri. The two unique productions will be conducted by Domonkos Héja.
Managed by the Hungarian State Opera, the Erkel Theatre is scheduled to officially re-open its doors one year from now (7 November) to the date we intend to establish and celebrate as Hungarian Opera Day. It is for this reason that, on the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Ferenc Erkel and in accordance with a government decree requiring the Erkel Theatre's “restoration to a state suitable for staging theatrical productions”, we will be announcing that the public procurement tender for this work has been won by Laki Épületszobrász Zrt. on 17 November, directly following the expected expiry of the legally specified ten-day moratorium. From the end of the first phase of construction in March 2013, 100 days of test operation will begin at the Erkel Theatre, during which time the Opera House artists will play a total of 80 times in the famous building on Pope John Paul II Square. /7 November 2012/