The first premiere at the Erkel Theatre is Leonard Bernstein’s legendary musical, West Side Story directed by Péter Novák and featuring Erika Miklósa and Gergely Boncsér in the main roles on 11 September 2015. Bernstein’s classic composition in Péter Novák’s new production that combines operatic voices with dance theatre elements is a perfect beginning of the Shakespeare season of the Hungarian State Opera.
On 6 February, 2016 the special guest star of the Shakespeare Ball organized by the Hungarian State Opera is Plácido Domingo. One important feature of the ball revived in 2014 is that the greatest figures of the world of opera and ballet are invited to this exclusive event. The appearance of Domingo is extraordinary as it is the first time this significant personality of the classical music scene of the 20th and 21st centuries sings on the stage of the Opera House.
The Hungarian State Opera and the Erkel Theatre are to gain new a art studios and rehearsal centre. Establishing and equipping the new centre as well as preparing the refurbishment of the Opera House in Andrássy Avenue is to be financed by the government up to 14.425 billion HUF, announced Péter Hoppál, State Secretary for Culture and Szilveszter Ókovács, General Director of the Hungarian State Opera.
It is the third time for the Hungarian State Opera to prove that the genre of opera is for everyone. Following the success of the previous two years, a personage no smaller than William Shakespeare is to help the artists of the Opera as the next season is dedicated to the memory of the English playwright.
The most prestigious awards were presented to three opera singers, a ballet dancer and a member of the orchestra on 29 June, 2016 on the stage of the Erkel Theatre. The Chamber Singer for the 2015/16 season are Eszter Sümegi, Ildikó Komlósi and István Kovácsházi. Chamber Artist is cellist Endre Balog, the Étoile title was awarded to ballerina Lili Felméry.