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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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BudapestGiselle

© Szilvia Csibi
Adam: Giselle
Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot; Marius Petipa; Leonid Lavrovsky; Hungarian National Ballet; Zsolt Jankó; Attila Csikós; Nelly Vágó

BudapestLes Huguenots

Les Huguenots
Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
Oliver von Dohnányi; János Szikora; Hungarian State Opera; Balázs Horesnyi; Yvette Alida Kovács; Klára Kolonits; Gabriella Balga

BudapestL'oca del CairoNew production

L'oca del Cairo
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo
Pál Németh; Attila Toronykőy; Hungarian State Opera; Katalin Juhász; István Kovács; Anikó Bakonyi

BudapestL'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)

L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
Máté Szabó; Hungarian State Opera; Balázs Cziegler; Anni Füzér; Gabriella Balga; Viktória Mester

BudapestLucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Balázs Kocsár; Máté Szabó; Hungarian State Opera; Peter Valentovic; Balázs Cziegler; Ildikó Tihanyi; Csaba Szegedi

BudapestThe Fountain of Bakhchisarai

The Fountain of Bakhchisarai
Asafiev: The Fountain of Bakhchisarai
Rostislav Zakharov; Hungarian National Ballet; Yannis Pouspourikas; Zoltán Fülöp; Tivadar Márk

BudapestLa GiocondaNew production

La Gioconda
Ponchielli: La Gioconda
Gergely Kesselyák; Ferenc Anger; Hungarian State Opera; Éva Szendrényi; Gergely Zöldy; Csilla Boross; Eszter Sümegi
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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.
***11
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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.
****1
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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.
****1
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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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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.
****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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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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