Guide to Hungarian State Opera

The Hungarian State Opera performs at the opulent Hungarian State Opera House and at the Erkel Theatre. Scroll down this page to find out all you need to know: read reviews and featured articles, find events and performances and see video clips of previous works.
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BudapestA Streetcar Named Desire

Dés: A Streetcar Named Desire
Marianna Venekei; Hungarian National Ballet; Robert Menczel; Bianca Imelda Jeremias; Csontos Balazs


Verdi: Rigoletto
Péter Halász; Miklós Szinetár; Hungarian State Opera; Attila Csikós; Rita Velich; Ambrogio Maestri; Rita Rácz

BudapestRobert Devereux

Donizetti: Roberto Devereux
Peter Valentovic; Hungarian State Opera; Edita Gruberová; Atala Schöck; Boldizsár László

BudapestBilly Elliot

John: Music from Billy Elliot
Szirtes Tamás; Hungarian State Opera; István Szlávik; Yvette Alida Kovács

BudapestWagner: Tannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser
Ádám Fischer; Matthias Oldag; Thomas Gruber; Tünde Szabóki; Sophie Koch
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Hungarian State Opera's slow-motion The Queen of Sheba

The score of Goldmark's opera is filled with lovely orchestral surprises, in addition to stunning arias, but is often filled with an abundance of slow tempos.
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Musical performances stand out in Budapest Siegfried

The third installment of Géza M. Tóth's staging of the Ring, this Siegfried is visually striking, but it's only a strong cast, and above all Egils Silins' Wanderer, that makes it worth attending.
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Erkel's Hunyadi László in Budapest

With a convoluted production and uneven cast, Tamás Pál in the pit and Klára Kolonits as Erzsébet Szilágyi prove to be the highlights of the performance of this Erkel classic.
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Lack of emotional connection in Pique Dame

This double cast, nine-day revival of Vadim Milkov's staging of Pique Dame offers a relatively straight reading of Tchaikovsky's opera about the obsessive Pushkin-based character Herman. Embracing the opera's choral and dance passages, spectacle and pageantry are paramount; the drama's surreal and more nuanced dimensions could have been better profiled.
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Péter Eötvös: music for martyrs in Budapest

The Hungarian State Opera offered up a belated Hungarian première by one of its native sons, Péter Eötvös – his 2007 opera Love and Other Demons.
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