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Hungarian State Opera

Attila Nagy
Hungarian State Opera

Hungarian State Opera

Andrássy út 22, 1061 Budapaest

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The Hungarian State Opera is the leading cultural institute in Hungary where different artistic genres are equally embraced since its foundation in 1884. The neo-renaissance Opera House in Budapest, a masterpiece built by Miklós Ybl, is currently closed for restoration and modernisation and is due to reopen in early 2019. Until then, most performances can be seen at the second venue of the Opera, the recently refurbished Erkel Theatre. The classical repertoire is constantly renewed and enlarged with contemporary pieces or operas rarely performed.

Apart from internationally renowned Hungarian and international guest singers (including Erwin Schrott, Jonas Kaufmann, Plácido Domingo, Bryn Terfel or René Pape in recent years), resident companies welcome the audiences. The Hungarian National Ballet (the only classical ballet company in Hungary) led by former international ballet dancer Tamás Solymosi is proud of their repertoire consisting of classical choreographies as well as contemporary dance pieces.

The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Hungary’s oldest orchestra, is led by principal music director Balázs Kocsár. In their long history, great conductors have made their impact on it such as Gustav Mahler, Otto Klemperer, Serio Failoni, or more recently, Pinchas Steinberg, Michel Plasson, Philippe Auguin, Michael Schønwandt or Péter Eötvös.

Whether you are a fan of opera, ballet or classical concerts, you are sure to find a performance to suit your taste, and even surpass your expectations. In the 2017/18 season, new productions include Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer, L’italiana in Algeri by Rossini, Un ballo in maschera by Verdi and on the 100th anniversary of its first presentation, Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók.

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