Cancelled – L'incoronazione di Poppea on 12 October 2020

The Hungarian State Opera regrets to inform its audience that due to the positive result of the COVID-19 test in one of the soloists, the performance of L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Eiffel Art Studios on 12 October 2021 is cancelled. For ticket refunds please contact the Opera Sales Centre:

Stephen, the King – world premiere of the opera version at the Erkel Theatre

The most successful of Hungarian rock opera by Levente Szörényi and János Bródy for the past 40 years is to premiere with symphonic orchestrations by Levente Gyöngyösi and the participation of opera singers at the Hungarian State Opera. The production is staged by Miklós Szinetár at the Erkel Theatre, the ensembles of the Opera are conducted by Gergely Kesselyák and Ádám Cser.

Announcement on the October and November 2020 programmes of the Hungarian State Opera

Following the favourable results of the extensive testing for corona virus among the ensembles of the Hungarian State Opera, the October rehearsals have been resumed. Therefore, the premiere of Stephen, the King on 17 October 2020 and the series of Swan Lake beginning with 30 October 2020 can go ahead as planned. Due to the COVID-19 situation, however, the institute has modified its November programmes announced earlier.

Stand-up and hip-hop at the new premiere of the Hungarian National Ballet

The newest dance pieces created for the Hungarian National Ballet include choreographies for the quarantine hit by András Péter Kovács, and the music of Animal Cannibals. Staying Home by Adrienn Vetési and Joyful! by Karina Sarkissova are on stage of the Eiffel Art Studios from 11 October 2020.

Masquerade – the new series of the Opera streamed online

The new, versatile online series of the Hungarian State Opera kicked off on 20 September 2020 after a new temporary lockdown (until 17 October) had to be implemented by the institute to protect its artists and audience. On the one hand, this new alternative programme attempts to make up for the cancelled performances and tries to provide operatic experience for the fans of the genre. On the other hand, the new arrangement is the safest possible solution to protect the artists from contracting the virus.


It is hereby announced that following the successful premieres of recent days (Cactuses, Salome, Dead Man Walking), beginning with 17 September 2020, the Hungarian State Opera is compelled to suspend all rehearsals until 1 October due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Consequently, all performances are cancelled until 17 October 2020.

A cooperation agreement was signed by the Embassy of France and the Opera

On 11 September 2020, at the first premiere of The Muse of France Season, the Embassy of France represented by Pascale Andréani, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and the Hungarian State Opera represented by general director Szilveszter Ókovács signed a cooperation agreement at the Eiffel Art Studios.

Murder, violence, love and repentance – Dead Man Walking premieres at the Eiffel Art Studios

Dead Man Walking, the most significant piece of 21st century opera is to be presented by the Hungarian State Opera at the Eiffel Art Studios on 16 September 2020. Due to the epidemic situation, Jake Heggie's opera directed by András Almási-Tóth featuring Andrea Meláth and David Adam Moore under the baton of Gergely Vajda can only be seen once this autumn.

Salome returns to the Erkel Theatre in authentic set

Salome, one of the most famous operas by Richard Strauss is to be staged at by the Hungarian State Opera at the Erkel Theatre on 15 September 2020. The new production by Zoltán Rátóti starring Sera Gösch, Jürgen Sacher, Gyöngyi Lukács and Károly Szemerédy under the baton of Balázs Kocsár that can only be seen once due to the epidemic is a world premiere – in terms of its set.

Important announcement

The Hungarian State Opera hereby informs its employees and the general public that on 3 September, an artist of the Hungarian National Ballet tested positive for COVID-19. The Opera ceased all ballet rehearsals and sent every member of the ballet company home. Furthermore, the PCR testing of everyone in close contact with this artist has been ordered in accordance with guidelines issued by the relevant authorities.

Alexander Ekman's choreography to kick off the new season of the Opera

The premiere of Cacti, a most popular piece by Alexander Ekman begins the 2020/21 season of the Hungarian National Ballet and the Hungarian State Opera. The choreography is part of the show entitled Cactuses that also showcases dance pieces by Hans van Manen and András Lukács. At the first premiere of The Muse of France Season, the Embassy of France to Budapest and the Opera are to sign a cooperation agreement.

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