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.
The 138th season of the Hungarian State Opera presents seventeen premieres including seven that had to be postponed. The three venues of the Opera await audiences with 400 opera and ballet performances, and a further 1300 concerts, chamber concerts, special events, and multimedia activities mean the beginning of a new era. A number of world-class stars also grace the stages such as Plácido Domingo, who is to return as a singer and a conductor, and opera lovers can meet Erwin Schrott, Patricia Petibon, Matthew Polenzani, Lawrence Brownlee, and Sir Willard White as both Bluebeard and Porgy.
Starting from 14 June 2021, a new discounted ticket type is offered by the Hungarian State Opera. Between 14 and 16 June, our loyal customers (subscription holders in the 2019/20 season) are served first, from 17 June until 31 August, all audiences are welcome to take advantage of the new system. The flexible subscription provides customers with the opportunity to view their favourite performances on a preferred date and in a selected seat.
The auditorium of the Erkel Theatre is once again open to the public (in possession of an immunity certificate) to see the new production of Umberto Giordano's masterpiece directed by Fabio Ceresa. The cast of the 29 May 2021 premiere includes Boldizsár László, Eszter Sümegi and Mihály Kálmándy under the baton of Balázs Kocsár.
Having reached the four millionth citizen vaccinated with the first dose against COVID-19 in Hungary, theatres are allowed to open their gates to the public again.
The new modern ballet show of the Hungarian National Ballet presents Firebirds, a band-new choreography by Marianna Venekei on 8 May 2021. The double bill entitled Tout Rouge can be viewed online in the Opera Stream series from 8:00 p.m. featuring a recent recording of 5 Tangos by Hans van Manen.
The multi-award winner coloratura soprano Klára Kolonits presents her brand-new aria recital with excerpts from the bel canto, Italian and French repertoire. The exclusive programme featuring soloists Atala Schöck, Szabolcs Brickner and pianist Dániel Dinyés includes pieces by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Charpentier, Massenet and Meyerbeer. The performance can be viewed online on 24 April 2021, at 8:00 p.m. CET in the Opera Stream series.
Internationally renowned Erika Miklósa makes a selection of her iconic roles from operas including Die Zauberflöte, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor and Don Pasquale at the gala concert to celebrate her 30th jubilee at the Hungarian State Opera. The Kossuth Prize and Liszt Prize recipient coloratura soprano is joined on stage by leading soloists Ildikó Komlósi, Atala Schöck, Mihály Kálmándy and Boldizsár László to perform popular duets and ensembles. The gala concert entitled Miklósa30 is available online in the Opera Stream series on 27 March 2021, at 8:00 p.m.
Following the new lockdown measures announced by the Government of Hungary on 4 March 2021, the Hungarian State Opera cancels rehearsals and performances requiring a large number of participants between 8 and 22 March 2021.
The paid stream series of the Hungarian State Opera is to continue with Don Juan, a choreography by a renowned personality of the French dance scene, Thierry Malandain. The production that premieres online on 6 March 2021, at 8:00 p.m. CET is his first collaboration with the Hungarian National Ballet.