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Hungarian State Opera

Attila Nagy
Hungarian State Opera

Hungarian State Opera

Andrássy út 22, 1061 Budapest

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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. Until then, most performances can be seen at two other venues of the Opera, the Erkel Theatre, and the recently opened Eiffel Art Studios. 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.

The 2019/20 Christian Spirit Season aims to showcase 400 years of opera from Monteverdi to contemporary works. In its new season, the Opera will see such important operas as Parsifal and Don Carlo return to the stage. Fans of opera will have the opportunity to get to know pieces like Mathis der Maler and Dead Man Walking, neither of which have so far been performed in Hungary.