The Hungarian State Opera commemorated the 50th anniversary if the first release of the Beatles album Please Please Me with a special concert, giving a selection of classical adaptations of Beatles tunes.
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 soloists of the Hungarian National Ballet participated in the New Year's Concert of the La Fenice Opera House in Venezia. The concert which was broadcasted on Italian television Rai Uno as well was the grand opening of the Hungarian-Italian Cultural Year 2013. The Hungarian artists danced to the overture of Verdi's opera, Attila. The orchestra was conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.