Every New Year at the Hungarian State Opera begins with Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Fidelio is staged or performed regularly in a concert version. Now, two pieces of incidental music by the composer genius originally written on commission by the German Theatre of Pest for its opening in 1812 make their way to the Opera's repertoire. The double bill featuring König Stephan and Die Ruinen von Athen premieres on 25 September 2021 at the Eiffel Art Studios.
The Hungarian National Ballet, the only classical ballet company in Hungary is ready to go again with their newest modern ballet show that features spectacular classical technique and acrobatic elements. The first ballet show of the 2021/22 season, a triple bill entitled Fresh Impulses including Cacti by Alexander Ekman, Whirling by András Lukács, and a new piece in the company repertoire: Sad Case by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot premieres on 17 September 2021 at the Eiffel Art Studios.
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The internationally acclaimed production of Carmen by Calixto Bieito kicks off the new Hungarian State Opera season on 3 September 2021 at the Eiffel Art Studios, the new artistic complex of the institute starring Andrea Szántó, Szabolcs Brickner and Zsolt Haja under the baton of János Kovács.
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.