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Erika Gál (The Queen of Sheba) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
New York City

Goldmark's The Queen of Sheba a rare Hungarian delight in New York

By , 02 November 2018
***11
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András Palerdi (Bluebeard) and Ildikó Komlósi (Judith) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
New York City

Idiomatic Bluebeard's Castle from the Hungarians in New York

By , 01 November 2018
****1
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Levente Molnár (Bánk bán) and István Rácz (Tiborc) © Attila Nagy
New York City

A worthy rarity: Erkel’s Bánk bán has its belated American première

By , 30 October 2018
****1
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Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
Budapest

Un ballo in maschera glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

By , 21 April 2018
***11
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Zsolt Haja (Father), Helga Nánási (Gretel), Gabriella Balga (Hänsel) and Atala Schöck (Mother) © Valter Berecz | Hungarian State Opera
Budapest

Garbage bins and shopping trolleys: a disappointing new Hänsel und Gretel in Budapest

By , 09 December 2017
***11
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The Hungarian National Ballet in Etudes © Szilvia Csibi | Hungarian State Opera
Budapest

Classic 47˚N19˚E: Theme and Variations / Études opens in Budapest

By , 17 November 2017
***11
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Christian Badea © Szilvia Csibi | Hungarian State Opera
Budapest

Hungarian State Opera makes a strong case for Verdi's Stiffelio

By , 30 October 2017
****1
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Budapest

Les Huguenots powerfully driven by Oliver von Dohnányi at Hungarian State Opera

By , 28 October 2017
****1
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Aliya Tanykpayeva and Iurii Kekalo in Trois Gnossiennes © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
Budapest

Three shades of Hans van Manen by the Hungarian National Ballet

By , 20 October 2017
****1
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Budapest

Hungarian forces at their finest: Nabucco revived at the Erkel Theatre

By , 19 October 2017
***11
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Budapest

Boom or bust: the Hungarian State Opera's new Bánk Bán

By , 09 September 2017
****1
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A Scene from A Streetcar Named Desire © Szilvia Csibi
Budapest

A brilliant end to the season: Marianna Venekei’s A Streetcar Named Desire premieres in Budapest

By , 17 June 2017
*****
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Budapest

Hungarian State Opera's slow-motion The Queen of Sheba verges on La Sonnambula

By , 18 May 2017
***11
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Budapest

Musical performances stand out in new Siegfried at the Hungarian State Opera

By , 19 March 2017
***11
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Budapest

A national classic in a convoluted staging: Erkel's Hunyadi László in Budapest

By , 10 March 2017
**111
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Budapest

Lack of emotional connection in Pique Dame in Budapest

By , 03 March 2017
**111
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Love and Other Demons © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Péter Eötvös' Love and other demons: music for martyrs in Budapest

By , 27 January 2017
***11
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© Juhász Arrila
Budapest

Oldie but goodie: La bohème at the Hungarian State Opera

By , 23 December 2016
***11
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Budapest

A one-woman show: new Lucia di Lammermoor opens in Budapest

By , 18 November 2016
**111
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Budapest

Tosca in Budapest: cast captivates in Puccini's shabby little shocker

By , 05 November 2016
***11
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The Mine © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Rautavaara's The Mine marks 60th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution

By , 21 October 2016
****1
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The Spinning Room © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Znaniecki's directorial success in Budapest: Kodály’s The Spinning Room

By , 01 October 2016
***11
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Péter Balczó (Alfredo) and Erika Miklósa (Violetta) © Attila Nagy
Budapest

A new Traviata with passions running low in Budapest

By , 24 September 2016
**111
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© Zsófia Pályi / Attila Nagy
Budapest

Drowned in the orchestral storm: Otello at the Hungarian State Opera

By , 27 May 2016
**111
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Szilvia Vörös and Klára Kolonits © Attila Nagy
Budapest

Dazzling performances from the star-cross'd lovers: Capuleti e i Montecchi in Budapest

By , 23 May 2016
***11
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Lado Ataneli (Macbeth) and Szilvia Rálik (Lady Macbeth) © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Witches at centre stage in Hungarian Macbeth

By , 22 May 2016
***11
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Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Ambrogio Maestri lifts Budapest's Falstaff

By , 22 May 2016
****1
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Franco Pomponi as Prospero © Zsófia Pályi
Budapest

Whimsical Tempest takes Budapest by storm

By , 21 May 2016
***11
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Gabriella Létay Kiss (Leonora) and Mihály Kálmándi (Il Conte di Luna) © Attila Nagy
Budapest

A lacklustre Trovatore opens at the Erkel Theatre, Budapest

By , 18 March 2016
**111
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Hungarian State Opera: Die Walküre © Attila Nagy
Budapest

Unsatisfying staging salvaged by a strong cast in new Budapest Walküre

By , 06 March 2016
**111
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Stuart Neill (Radamès) and Ildikó Komlósi (Amneris) © Zsófia Pályi
Budapest

An Aida in Budapest that could be re-named Amneris

By , 27 February 2016
****1
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Attila Fekete (Schippel) © Péter Herman
Budapest

Dohnányi’s Der Tenor a star vehicle for Attila Fekete in Budapest

By , 27 February 2016
*****
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Orsolya Sáfár (Mimì) © Attila Nagy
Budapest

Damiano Michieletto's La bohème 2.0 in Budapest: dramatically convincing

By , 26 February 2016
****1
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Jee Hye Han (Turandot) © Attila Nagy
Budapest

In the best tradition: Hungarian State Opera's glossy Turandot

By , 30 January 2016
***11
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Jiří Kylián's Falling Angels © Attila Nagy
Budapest

Hungarian National Ballet: White, Black – Opposites in Attraction

By , 30 January 2016
****1
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Éva Bátori, István Kovács, Caroline Melzer, Tomás Tómasson, Szilvia Rálik © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Fine Budapest cast tears into lacerating Lear

By , 30 January 2016
****1
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Erwin Schrott (Don Giovanni) © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Erwin Schrott makes his Budapest debut as Don Giovanni

By , 04 December 2015
***11
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Budapest

Stairway to heaven: a thrilling Mefistofele in Budapest

By , 28 May 2015
*****
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Budapest

Der Freischütz: Sándor Zsóter takes brave aim but misses the mark

By , 27 May 2015
**111
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Budapest

Devilishly good fun: Gábor Bretz’s Méphistophélès dominates the stage in Budapest

By , 26 May 2015
***11
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Budapest

A fine Dutchman in Budapest

By , 03 April 2014
****1
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