Benyovszky – dance performance of the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble

In collaboration with Hungary's greatest ensembles working to preserve the country's folk dance traditions, the Hungarian State Opera has launched a new series entitled Thundering Nights at the Erkel: Folk Dance Programmes in Hungary's Largest Theatre, in which the Hungarian National Dance Ensemble, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and the Duna Art Ensemble each take turns on the stage of the storied theatre. The Hungarian National Dance Ensemble will be kicking off the series with two performances of a production scheduled for 27 and 28 October.

Novák Péter directs West Side Story at the Erkel Theatre

The first premiere at the Erkel Theatre is Leonard Bernstein’s legendary musical, West Side Story directed by Péter Novák and featuring Erika Miklósa and Gergely Boncsér in the main roles on 11 September 2015. Bernstein’s classic composition in Péter Novák’s new production that combines operatic voices with dance theatre elements is a perfect beginning of the Shakespeare season of the Hungarian State Opera.

OperaSziget: 12 – 16 August at the Sziget Fesztival

It is the third time for the Hungarian State Opera to prove that the genre of opera is for everyone. Following the success of the previous two years, a personage no smaller than William Shakespeare is to help the artists of the Opera as the next season is dedicated to the memory of the English playwright.

Domingo sings at the Budapest Opera for the first time

On 6 February, 2016 the special guest star of the Shakespeare Ball organized by the Hungarian State Opera is Plácido Domingo. One important feature of the ball revived in 2014 is that the greatest figures of the world of opera and ballet are invited to this exclusive event. The appearance of Domingo is extraordinary as it is the first time this significant personality of the classical music scene of the 20th and 21st centuries sings on the stage of the Opera House.

A Night of Stars – Chamber Singers, Chamber Artist and Étoile announced

The most prestigious awards were presented to three opera singers, a ballet dancer and a member of the orchestra on 29 June, 2016 on the stage of the Erkel Theatre. The Chamber Singer for the 2015/16 season are Eszter Sümegi, Ildikó Komlósi and István Kovácsházi. Chamber Artist is cellist Endre Balog, the Étoile title was awarded to ballerina Lili Felméry.

A Night of Stars – gala concert at the Erkel Theatre and live screening at the Basilica

The Night of Stars gala is a spectacular show to celebrate the best moments of the past season: the stage is graced by the greatest of the great, as well as the most promising young performers at the Erkel Theatre on 29 June from 7 p.m. The event is screened at St Stephen's Basilica in front of several thousand people in what is one of the summer's top free events. A collection is made by employees of Hungarian Interchurch Aid to assist disaster victims in Hungary. During the gala the recipients of the prestigious Chamber Singer, Etoile and Chamber Artist awards are announced.

The Karamazovs at the Erkel Theatre

The Opera’s ballet company will close both The Month of Dance and the season with The Karamazovs in Boris Eifman’s now-classic choreography. In addition to telling the well-known story in the language of dance, this grand ballet also explores the characters’ swirling minds, their complex relationships with each other and their internal struggles. The production will be staged at the Erkel Theatre from June 20, in a performance by the Hungarian National Ballet.

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