The Ybl Palace returns

The Opera started planning the partial modernisation of the Opera House and the unit in Hajós utca used to service it in 2014. In line with government decisions made in 2015 and 2016, the Ybl Palace was closed in the summer of 2017, just as planned. As the work progressed, the partial update was transformed into a full renovation, as per the intent of the government. However, instead of a single season, this required almost five seasons of patience from artists, employees, and audiences. By the Ides of March in 2022, the Opera House will have turned 138 years old and will be ready to relaunch official operations with a celebratory concert.


Ferenc Erkel: Hymnus | conducted by Ádám Medveczky

Ernst von Dohnányi: Festival Overture | conducted by Balázs Kocsár

Hector Berlioz: La damnation de Faust – Marche hongroise | conducted by Plácido Domingo

Johannes Brahms: Ungarischer Tanz No. 5 | conducted by Plácido Domingo

Johann Strauss II: Éljen a magyar! (Hungarian Polka) | conducted by Plácido Domingo

László Seregi / Karl Goldmark: The Taming of the Shrew – excerpt – featuring Tatiana Melnik (RUS) and Iurii Kekalo (UKR) | conducted by Gergely Kesselyák

Zoltán Kodály: Háry János – excerpts | conducted by Balázs Kocsár
Kezdődik a mese (The Tale Begins)
“Tiszán innen, Dunán túl” (This Side of the Tisza) – featuring Erika Gál and László Szvétek
Uncle Marci’s Drinking Song – featuring László Szvétek
Intermezzo – featuring the students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute | choreography by Zoltán Farkas “Batyu” and Ildikó Tóth “Fecske”
“A, b, c, d” – featuring the Hungarian State Opera Children's Chorus | head of the Children's Chorus: Nikolett Hajzer
“Szegény vagyok, szegénynek születtem” (I Am Poor, I Was Born Poor) – featuring Gabriella Balga
“Felszántom a császár udvarát” (I Will Plough the Emperor's Courtyard) – featuring Csaba Sándor
Recruiting Song – featuring Mihály Kálmándy and the Hungarian National Ballet | choreography by Zoltán Farkas “Batyu”

Featuring the Hungarian State Opera Children’s Chorus (head of the Children’s Chorus: Nikolett Hajzer), students of the Hungarian National Ballet Institute (artistic director: Dace Radina), the Hungarian National Ballet (artistic director: Tamás Solymosi), the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra (orchestra director: Gergely Popa) and Chorus (chorus director: Gábor Csiki)

Conducted by Plácido Domingo, Ádám Medveczky, Gergely Kesselyák, general music director Balázs Kocsár
Costume designer (Háry János): Richárd Márton
Directed by artistic director András Almási-Tóth
Hosted by Melitta Gyüdi


Premiere: March 12, 2022

Hungarian State Opera
Hungarian State Opera