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Nutcracker Festival – hits and charity performances in the OPERA's festive offer

In view of the great interest, on 21 December 2022, starting at 11:00 a.m., the Hungarian National Ballet has scheduled an additional performance of The Nutcracker, making it the longest series of  Tchaikovsky's fairy-tale ballet, with 35 performances running between the first Sunday of Advent, 27 November 2022 and 15 January 2023, at the Hungarian State Opera. While OPERA's traditional holiday productions attract full houses again this year, the Opera House also intends to pay attention to the needy with several charity events in cooperation with its partners.

Waltraud Meier to perform German romantic Lieder at the Opera House

At the 20 November 20th concert of the Star Galas with Piano series, the German mezzo-soprano, who became world-famous in Wagner's roles, will make her first appearance at the Budapest Opera House, accompanied by up-and-coming young baritone Samuel Hasselhorn and pianist Joseph Breinl. Their programme will feature 19th-century German songs from Schubert to Mahler.

The OPERA tours Japan with The Magic Flute and Andrea Rost

The 115-member ensemble of the Hungarian State Opera will present Miklós Szinetár's 2014 production of Mozart's singspiel on its 12-stop tour between 28 October and 13 November 2022 with a double cast featuring Andrea Rost as Pamina. The OPERA Orchestra will then give four symphonic concerts with the participation of Japanese pianists between 15 and 19 November.

The Ring cycle returns to the Opera House after 15 years

After a decade and a half, Richard Wagner's monumental opera cycle is on stage of the refurbished Budapest Opera House for four weeks in November 2022. The production staged by Géza M. Tóth and conducted by Balázs Kocsár features a cast almost exclusively of Hungarian soloist including István Kovácsházi, Szilvia Rálik, Eszter Sümegi, Zoltán Nyári, Tünde Szabóki, Mihály Kálmándy, Béla Perencz and Krisztián Cser.

Opera Europa conference in Hungary again after 13 years

Under the title Integration & Inclusion, Opera Europa, which operates as the continent's opera umbrella organization, has announced its autumn conference, which will be hosted by the Hungarian State Opera and the Eiffel Art Studios between 20 and 22 October 2022. The event, with the participation of nearly 200 representatives from almost 100 organizations from 26 countries, offers professional programmes for representatives of education, recruitment and audience training, human resources, and technical and production fields, some of which can also be followed on the organization's YouTube channel.

Dido & Aeneas – introductory opera performance at the Eiffel Art Studios

Purcell's baroque opera is presented by the Hungarian State Opera at the Eiffel Art Studios as part of the MVM OperAdventure for secondary school students, staged by director and choreographer Dóra Barta. The productions, featuring a triple cast, is open to the general public on 22 October, following the series intended for students between 13 and 21 October 2022.

The Hungarian State Opera makes guest appearance in India

Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II and Bánk Bán (The Viceroy Bánk) by Ferenc Erkel are presented by the Hungarian State Opera in Mumbai between 12 and 16 October 2022, at the invitation of the National Centre for the Performing Arts.

Simon Keenlyside and Ildar Abdrazakov to begin the new concert series of the OPERA

In the 2022/2023 season, the Hungarian State Opera House is launching a new series of intimate aria and song recitals featuring internationally renowned opera singers with piano accompaniment. On the opening night of the series, Simon Keenlyside will perform at the Miklós Bánffy Stage of the Eiffel Eiffel Art Studios on 16 October 2022, followed by Ildar Abdrazakov at the Opera House on 30 October.

Opera highlights and pop hits feature in Andrea Rost's birthday concert

Update: due to the illness of Andrea Rost, the concert at the Erkel Theatre on 15 October 2022 is cancelled. A possible new date is being negotiated with our co-production partners, but in the current situation affecting the operation of cultural institutions, this may take longer. Further information to be announced at the beginning of next week. In the meantime, tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase until 30 November 2022. Tickets purchased online are refunded automatically. Iconic operatic roles and adaptations of popular songs feature in the programme of Andrea Rost's birthday gala concert in two movements. The internationally renowned soprano appears at the Erkel Theatre on 15 October 2022, accompanied by the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra conducted by Domonkos Héja, and Hot Jazz Band.

Tosca moves from Rome to Budapest

The Roman Republic, occupied by Spanish and Neapolitan forces at the dawn of the Napoleonic Wars, is replaced by the suffocating atmosphere of the communist dictatorship of the 1950s in the new production of the Hungarian State Opera. Director general Szilveszter Ókovács's second staging, conducted by Gergely Kesselyák, in a double cast, with Csilla Boross and Zsuzsanna Ádám in the title role, will be first presented on September 24th and 28th, 2022 at the Opera House in Budapest.

Audition for the Hungarian National Ballet (2023)

The Hungarian National Ballet, the 138-year-old official ballet company of the Hungarian State Opera, announces an audition upon invitation to be held from 10:00 on 29 January 2023 at the Opera House for immediate openings as well as contracts starting 15 July 2023 (depending on the applicants’ work visa requirements).

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