A solar power plant serving the Eiffel Art Studios has been established

A solar plant, a unique innovation in the cultural sector, has been established at the Eiffel Art Studios of the Hungarian State Opera. The small power plant with a capacity of 320 kW, built on an area of 12 000 square metres, was created with the support of the Ministry of Energy. The ceremony was attended by Attila Steiner, the Ministry's Secretary of State responsible for energy and climate policy.

Stars of La Scala and Staatsballett Berlin to perform at the 2023 Iván Nagy Ballet Gala

Jacopo Tissi and Alejandro Virelles join dancers of the Hungarian National Ballet on 27 May 2023 at the 7th Iván Nagy International Ballet Gala at the Hungarian State Opera. The prestigious event organized in memory of the world-famous Hungarian ballet dancer, ballet director, dance teacher, and former artistic consultant of the OPERA, will also include the presentation of the Solymosi Award to the most dedicated artist of The Nutcracker series, which ran for more than 30 performances this season. The gala features students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute and the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra conducted by László Kovács.

A children's version of The Sleeping Beauty at the OPERA is a success

Featuring nearly 70 students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute, the Hungarian State Opera's own ballet school, the fairy-tale ballet Little Sleeping Beauty premiered at the Eiffel Art Studios on 6 May 2023.  The production directed by artistic director Radina Dace, was created in partnership between the OPERA and the Hungarian National Ballet Institute Foundation, with the support of the State Secretariat for Culture of the Ministry of Culture and Innovation and the National Cultural Fund of Hungary.

A touch of apocalypse – the OPERA presents a new Idomeneo

The Trojan War was such an important historical event that it became one of the main motives of the past 2800 years of European cultural history; its episodes and characters inspired thousands of artists. Thus, a work connected to this gigantic war cannot be missing from the historical premiers of the Hungarian State Opera’s 2022/23 season dedicated to Myth and History. After a hiatus of almost fifty years, a new production of Mozart’s Idomeneo staged by András Almási-Tóth premieres at the Opera House on 13 May 2023.

The Hungarian State Opera announces its Slavic-themed 140th season

The programme of the 2023/24 season of the Hungarian State Opera offers 14 premieres including the world premieres of two Hungarian pieces, Rusalka and Boris Godunov returns to the repertoire in new productions, Plácido Domingo and Anna Netrebko will perform in concert performances, and the OPERA Orchestra will compile its concerts mainly from the works of Slavic composers in addition to a centenary Kodály concert. The soloists and ensembles of the OPERA will also appear in Bucharest and Dubai this year.

A new production of The Wooden Prince is presented by the Hungarian National Ballet

On 11 February 2023, the Hungarian State Opera presents a Bartók double bill featuring two of his pieces that enjoyed their world premieres at the Budapest Opera House over a hundred years ago. The Wooden Prince is staged with a new choreography by László Velekei, whereas Bluebeard’s Castle can be seen in the 2018 production by the Danish star director Kasper Holten.

The OPERA presents the opera version of Tolstoy's monumental novel for the first time in Hungary

Prokofiev's opera War & Peace is presented on 28 January 2023 by the internationally renowned Catalan opera director Calixto Bieito in a joint production between the Hungarian State Opera and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. The cast featuring 28 soloists is led by Andrea Brassói-Jőrös, Szabolcs Brickner and Csaba Szegedi, the OPERA Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Alan Buribayev.

Exhibition opens in memory of the Budapest Opera House victims of the Holocaust

"Shattered, abandoned, dead..." is the title of the new permanent exhibition of the Hungarian State Opera opened in the basement of the building.  It commemorates 83 artists and employees who were dismissed and deported due to their descent during the Holocaust. The exhibition is open to visitors at 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday from 14 January 2023.

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.

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