The Opera organizes its grand event of integrated arts entitled Faust Ball on 14 February 2015. Similar to the first ball in 2014 entitled Silver Rose Ball, its main mission is a charitable cause: the guests contribute to the purchase of an ambulance for the Hungarian National Emergency Ambulance Service. Special guest of the ball is international superstar soprano Angela Gheorghiu.
At the end of January, between two regular concerts, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra gives another one in memory of the victims of the holocaust. The winter concert series feature renowned conductors as well as young, award-winning soloists.
As the first premiere in 2015, the Hungarian State Opera produces The Rake’s Progress by Igor Stravinsky. So far it has only been featured in the repertoire of the Opera only once – it was put on stage 35 years ago. In the production by director Ferenc Anger two international guest artists make their Hungarian debut on 18 January 2015.
It has been exactly 130 years since the Budapest Opera opened its gates on 27 September, 1884. The Hungarian State Opera commemorates the anniversary of the opening with crowds in period costumes, an extraordinary gala concert, the premier of a film, and the publication of a historical book.
The first part of Wagner's tetralogy is a prologue depicting the 'original sin' committed when the dwarf Alberich renounces love to be able to forge from the stolen Rhine gold a ring that gives him infinite power. Wotan, king of the gods, resolves to take it from him. But what will come of this disruption of the natural order that violates every written and unwritten law?
Figaro here, Figaro there... the Opera's audience will again get the chance to see this now-classic and virtuosic production, directed by András Békés, of one of the most famous "operas of intrigues" of all time.
For more than two centuries, what is possibly Mozart's most enigmatic work has both enchanted and perplexed audiences. This masterpiece relating the tragi-comic adventures of the already mythologised seducer from Seville is actually a wide-screen "grand epic" embracing the entire world. On one level it is a sensational tale of adventure laced with humour and eroticism, but on another it plays out a contest of amazing power between body and soul, and between the human and the divine.
'Music is a sacred art, gathering the wildest follies like cherubim around a gleaming throne!' - such is the Composer's article of faith proclaimed in the Prologue of Ariadne auf Naxos which is the most exciting opera of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannstahl.
Following last year’s MozartLateNight, this is the turn of two French composers to shake things up as their one-act operas take us to the exotic world of the Orient. Bizet’s Djamileh is a steamy tale, set on the banks of the Nile, about a slave woman who falls in love with her captor, while Saint-Saëns’s La Princesse Jaune (The Yellow Princess) is one about a Dutchman’s delirious vision of a Japanese phantasm. Strictly for over 18s only!