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Guide to Hungarian State Opera

THE HUNGARIAN OPERA HOUSE WILL CLOSE FOR RENOVATION FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON BUT YOU WILL FIND THEIR EVENTS WHEN YOU SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE
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WarsawV4 Opera Tour

V4 Opera Tour
Janáček, Kodály
Balázs Kocsár; Attila Vidnyánszky; Hungarian National Ballet; Petr Popelka; Oleksandr Bilozub; Szilvia Rálik

BratislavaV4 Opera Tour

V4 Opera Tour
Janáček, Kodály
Balázs Kocsár; Attila Vidnyánszky; Hungarian National Ballet; Petr Popelka; Oleksandr Bilozub; Szilvia Rálik

PragueV4 Opera Tour

V4 Opera Tour
Janáček, Kodály
Balázs Kocsár; Attila Vidnyánszky; Hungarian National Ballet; Petr Popelka; Oleksandr Bilozub; Szilvia Rálik

BudapestTenor3

Tenor3
Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Andrij Jurkevics; René Barbera; Maxim Mironov; Fabio Sartori

BudapestCarmina Burana

Carmina Burana
Orff: Carmina Burana
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Tibor Bogányi; Hungarian State Opera Chorus; Hungarian State Opera; Hungarian National Ballet; Rita Rácz

BudapestTriple Dance

© Attila Nagy
Various, Lichtik, Schubert
Johan Inger; Sharon Eyal; Gai Behar; William Forsythe; Hungarian National Ballet

New York CityBánk bán

Bánk bán
Erkel: Bánk bán
Balázs Kocsár; Attila Vidnyánszky; Hungarian State Opera; Oleksandr Bilozub; Viktória Nagy; Marcell Bakonyi; Judit Németh

New York CityDie Königin von Saba (The Queen of Sheba)

Die Königin von Saba (The Queen of Sheba)
Goldmark: Die Königin von Saba (The Queen of Sheba)
János Kovács; Csaba Káel; Hungarian State Opera; Éva Szendrényi; Anikó Németh; Zoltán Kelemen; Erika Gál

New York CityBluebeard's Castle / Mario and the magician

Bluebeard's Castle / Mario and the magician
Bartók, Vajda
Balázs Kocsár; Péter Galambos; Hungarian State Opera; Enikő Kárpáti; Ildikó Komlósi; András Palerdi
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Un ballo glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
The acting was patchy and the singing ranged from serviceable to laudable in this dazzling new production at the Budapest Spring Festival.
***11
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Garbage bins and shopping trolleys

Zsolt Haja (Father), Helga Nánási (Gretel), Gabriella Balga (Hänsel) and Atala Schöck (Mother) © Valter Berecz | Hungarian State Opera
A new production of Humperdinck's charming opera fails to enchant at the Erkel Theatre. 
***11
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Theme and Variations / Études opens in Budapest

The Hungarian National Ballet in Etudes © Szilvia Csibi | Hungarian State Opera
A double bill that focuses on the purity of classical ballet form, in a fine combined 70th Anniversary celebration, excellently performed by Hungarian National Ballet.  
***11
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Making a strong case for Verdi's Stiffelio

Christian Badea © Szilvia Csibi | Hungarian State Opera
Show-stealing bass singing from Krisztián Cser and an immensely powerful Act 2 make a persuasive case for Verdi's neglected predecessor to Rigoletto.
****1
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Les Huguenots at Hungarian State Opera

Oliver von Dohnányi leads a great orchestral performance to drive Meyerbeer's grand historical epic, lit up by sparkling coloratura from Klára Kolonits.
****1
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Theme and Variations / Études opens in Budapest

The Hungarian National Ballet in Etudes © Szilvia Csibi | Hungarian State Opera
A double bill that focuses on the purity of classical ballet form, in a fine combined 70th Anniversary celebration, excellently performed by Hungarian National Ballet.  
***11
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Three shades of Hans van Manen

Aliya Tanykpayeva and Iurii Kekalo in Trois Gnossiennes © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
Now an ever-developing city, Budapest has become much more than faded grandeur, actually, and the Hungarian National Ballet’s recent moves reflect just that
****1
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A Streetcar Named Desire premieres in Budapest

A Scene from A Streetcar Named Desire © Szilvia Csibi
The Hungarian National Ballet brilliantly closes the season with the world premiere of Marianna Venekei’s version of Tennessee Williams’ classic A Streetcar Named Desire on music by László Dés.
*****
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MacMillan's Manon* in Budapest

Hungarian National Ballet in Manon © Szilvia Csibi
A memorable Manon in Budapest 
*****
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Puccini and plenty more: Hungarian State Opera in 2018-9

Carmen © Attila Nágy
After an extensive tour while the Opera House is refurbished, the company returns to its ancestral home with a concentrated dose of all twelve Puccini operas. But the repertory system ensures that there's plenty of other fare.
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