International opera star Plácido Domingo spent time in Budapest in July. His stay in the capital gave him the opportunity to see the Opera House, which is currently under restoration and modernization. His visit also served the purpose to sign his contract with the Hungarian State Opera for the 2021/22 season.
Following Jonas Kaufmann's concert to inaugurate park of the Eiffel Art Studios in 2020, the Zoltán Kodály Park is once again the venue to bring together the audience and international guest stars. The French coloratura soprano Patrica Petibon and the American bel canto tenor Lawrence Brownlee make their appearance at 7 p.m. on 21 August 2021 at an open-air concert at Eiffel Art Studios, the Hungarian State Opera's new artistic complex. The programme also features Hungarian soloists accompanied by the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The gala is organised as part of a charity day to support the István Regőczi Foundation for Coronavirus Orphans. Addressing the audience will be Anita Herczegh, wife of the President of Hungary, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation.
The new Hungarian State Opera production of Andrea Chénier, the masterpiece by Umberto Giordano is available to view on OperaVision between 2 July 2021 (from 7:00 p.m. CET) and 2 January 2022. The recording of the 29 May premiere staged by Fabio Ceresa stars outstanding Hungarian soloists Boldizsár László, Eszter Sümegi and Michele Kalmandy under the baton of Balázs Kocsár.