On 23 January 2021, from 7:00 p.m., the Hungarian State Opera presents Mozart's popular singspiel in a new production by Miklós H. Vecsei featuring video projections by the group Glowing Bulbs and a new Hungarian translation by Dániel Varró. Due to the pandemic, this performance can only be seen once this season – online, with soloists Erika Miklósa, Péter Balczó, Géza Gábor, Rita Rácz, János Szerekován and József Wunderlich. The ensembles of the Opera are conducted by Péter Halász.
From January 2021, a new, paid stream service is presented by the Hungarian State Opera. The series of streams including popular repertoire pieces and new productions made necessary by the lockdown, can be viewed from 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays through jegy.hu. Beside the new paid stream service, the Opera continues to stream free performances as well on its Facebook page.
Of the many cancelled shows of 2020 due to the regulations regarding the pandemic, none is so missed by the audience as the irreplaceable Christmas fairy-tale ballet of The Nutcracker. As a special treat by the Hungarian State Opera, a full performance is made available for one day in the OperaLive series on 24 December 2020 on Facebook and Origo.hu.
It is hereby announced that in accordance with the current regulations on the pandemic, all public performances and programmes of the Hungarian State Opera are cancelled. The performances of the OperaLive series streamed live free on Facebook are to continue. During the festive season, complete performances of The Nutcracker and La bohème as well as an earlier New Year's concert will also become available to watch. In January 2021, a new paid livestream service is also going to be introduced.
The Erkel Shop awaits visitors from Wednesday to Saturday until 23 December 2020. If you wish to browse gifts for your loved ones and even yourself, or want to experience a little advent ambiance, make your way to the Erkel Theatre.
The Hungarian State Opera presents new recordings organised into an Advent calendar: newly recorded sound recordings and video productions are to inspire music lovers in their preparation for the festive season.
It is hereby announced that following with the announcement made by the prime minister on Monday and the decision made by the Parliament on Tuesday, all performances of the Hungarian State Opera are cancelled and all venues are closed to the public until 19 December 2020.
Under Government Decree 479/2020 of 3 November, all visitors are required to comply with the following protective measures.
It is hereby announced that due to the COVID pandemic, the 5 November premiere of The Master and Margarita is postponed to 11 December 2020. At the same time, the Hungarian State Opera is happy to inform its audience that due to their success, further dates for the new productions of L'incoronazione di Poppea and The Imaginary Invalid or The Cabal of Hypocrites are made available. Information on protective measures at our venues can be read HERE.
On 25 October 2020, the world celebrates opera in face of the global pandemic. On World Opera Day, opera companies from around the world will celebrate the power of culture with live or online events.
The Imaginary Invalid or The Cabal of Hypocrites: world premiere of a new opera by János Vajda at the Eiffel Art Studios
The Muse of France Season at the Hungarian State Opera cannot pass without touching upon the life and work of one of the greatest French playwrights, Molière. His final comedy has been turned into an opera by Hungarian composer János Vajda, who has also incorporated elements from a play about Molière by Bulgakov. The Imaginary Invalid or The Cabal of Hypocrites can be seen for the first time as part of CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival on 30 October 2020.
With the opening of the Eiffel Art Studios, Hungarian musical life gains a new venue in the 2020/21 season. It gives the opportunity for the revival of older concert traditions. On 22 October, the once popular genre of song recital is renewed at the Miklós Bánffy Stage featuring soloist Klára Kolonits.