Dear esteemed audience, As part of the Hungarian government’s comprehensive economic measures in relation to the war in Ukraine, the ministry maintaining the Hungarian State Opera House gave notice of the reduction of 600 million HUF from the theatre’s annual budget. As a result of previous and further expected measures for savings, OPERA expects a total budget reduction of 1 billion HUF for the year 2022 and 500 million HUF for the year 2023. The recent increase in utility costs and vulnerability to currency exchange rates have placed additional burden on our theater.
The most beautiful excerpts of Italian opera are presented by Fabio Sartori, special guest start of the Tenorissimo festive opera gala. The renowned tenor is partnered by leading soloists of the Hungarian State Opera: Zsuzsanna Ádám, Csilla Boross, Gabriella Létay Kiss, Orsolya Sáfár, and Andrea Szántó. The performance organised at 20:00 on 19 August 2022 at the Opera House also features the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of general music director Balázs Kocsár.
La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden-Girl) by Mozart is presented in a cooperation with Opera Neo San Diego at the Hungarian State Opera. The comic opera directed by András Almási-Tóth features young American and Hungarian talents under the baton of Péter Kozma can be seen before the American premiere at the Eiffel Art Studios on 1 July 2022.
Following the 2021 online premiere of the five-act, Modena version of Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece directed by Frank Hilbrich is now presented in front of live audiences at the refurbished Opera House. Due to the illness of Matthew Polenzani, the series beginning on 5 June 2022 features Carlo Ventre and Adroján Pataki in the title role. The ensembles of the OPERA are conducted by Leonardo Sini.
For the first time in front of a live Budapest audience, the Hungarian National Ballet presents Don Juan by renowned French choreographer Thierry Malandain, and Firebirds by Seregi Award winner Marianna Venekei in their new mixed bill. In Balance also features popular repertoire pieces, Petite Mort and Six Dances by Jiří Kylián at the OPERA's Eiffel Art Studios from 3 June 2022.
Directed by Géza M. Tóth, starring István Kovácsházi, Szilvia Rálik, Károly Szemerédy, Lilla Horti and Géza Gábor, and conducted by general music director Balázs Kocsár, the Hungarian State Opera presents the final episode of Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle on 15 May 2022.
Following an online premiere last year, Mozart's popular singspiel is now presented live on 29 April 2022 in a new production by Miklós H. Vecsei featuring video projections by the group Kiégő Izzók – Glowing Bulbs and a new Hungarian translation by Dániel Varró. Cast includes Erika Miklósa, Péter Balczó, András Palerdi, Rita Rácz, János Szerekován and József Wunderlich under the baton of Martin Rajna.
Three pieces with classical ballet technique in focus are presented in a triple bill entitled Without Limits by the Hungarian National Ballet at the OPERA's Eiffel Art Studios on 22 April 2022. Beside The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude by William Forsythe and Études by Harald Lander, Paquita Suite is a new addition to the company repertoire adapted by ballet director Tamás Solymosi alongside ballet masters Albert Mirzoyan and Irina Prokofieva.
Featuring a cast headed by internationally renowned István Kovácsházi, Andrea Szántó, Károly Szemerédy and András Palerdi, the new production of Wagner's final opera is staged by András Almási-Tóth and conducted by Balázs Kocsár at the refurbished Opera House. The 15 April 2022 premiere is also streamed live on OperaVision, whereas the 17 April performance is a joint Bartók Spring event of the Hungarian State Opera and Müpa.
Featuring soloist István Kovács and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra conducted by Péter Halász, the OPERA presents Cross Cantatas staged by Csaba Horváth borrowing elements from physical theatre. The new production premieres on 26 March 2022 at the Eiffel Art Studios.
The Hungarian State Opera has announced its 2022/2023 thematic season titled Myth & History. The OPERA awaits the public in the renovated Ybl Palace on Andrássy Avenue with numerous new functions and services, new publications, as well as a chamber exhibition open until 28 March.
The curtains are finally about to rise again in the renovated Ybl Palace on Andrássy Avenue after five years, which the OPERA celebrates with a gala concert on 12 March 2022, and with the original version of Erkel’s opera Hunyadi László and MacMillan’s ballet Mayerling in the two days following it. The renewed Opera House will be open to the public from 15 March in the form of guided tours as well. As a prelude to the grand event, the OPERA organises students' premieres of the two new productions on 11 and 12 March in association with the new strategic partner, MVM Zrt.