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Guide to Hungarian State Opera

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BudapestLa fanciulla del WestNew production

La fanciulla del West
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Balázs Kocsár; Vasily Barkhatov; Hungarian State Opera; Zinovy Margolin; Olga Shaishmelashvili; Éva Bátori; Szilvia Rálik

BudapestDie Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

© Szilvia Csibi
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Péter Halász; Miklós Szinetár; Hungarian State Opera; Péter Horgas; Rita Velich; Tibor Szappanos; Andrea Rost

BudapestLa bohème

© Csillag
Puccini: La bohème
Gergely Kesselyák; Kálmán Nádasdy; Hungarian State Opera; Gusztáv Oláh; Tivadar Márk; Istvan Horvath; Gergely Boncsér

BudapestThe Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Marius Petipa; Lev Ivanov; Hungarian National Ballet; András Déri; Gusztáv Oláh; Nóra Rományi

BudapestLa bohème (Leoncavallo)

La bohème (Leoncavallo)
Leoncavallo: La bohème
Hungarian State Opera

BudapestDie Fledermaus

© Tomas Opitz
Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
János Kovács; Miklós Szinetár; Hungarian State Opera; Attila Csikós; Nelly Vágó; István Kovácsházi; Klára Kolonits

BudapestNew Year at the Erkel

New Year at the Erkel
Gyöngyösi, Ponchielli, Lelkes, Beethoven
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Zsolt Hamar; Hungarian State Opera Chorus; Orsolya Hajnalka Rőser; Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz; Tibor Szappanos
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The Queen of Sheba a rare Hungarian delight in New York

Erika Gál (The Queen of Sheba) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
The Hungarian State Opera's first New York tour featured an opera of forbidden love set in the Biblical Times by Karl Goldmark, and was a rare treat for the New York audience.
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Idiomatic Bluebeard's Castle from the Hungarians in New York

András Palerdi (Bluebeard) and Ildikó Komlósi (Judith) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
Powerful and evocative imagery, both literal and implied, lingered on beyond the drop of the curtain.
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A worthy rarity: Erkel’s Bánk bán has its belated American première

Levente Molnár (Bánk bán) and István Rácz (Tiborc) © Attila Nagy
The music, a combination of Italian-sounding melodies, German instrumentation and Hugarian dotted rhythms, was remarkably captivating.
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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.
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The Hungarian National Ballet brings its Don Quixote to New York

Tatiana Melnik (Kitri), Hungarian National Ballet's Don Quixote © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
In addition to providing a showcase for the principals, the ballet provides ample opportunity for the company's soloists to shine.
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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.  
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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
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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.