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Guide to Hungarian State Opera

THE HUNGARIAN OPERA HOUSE WILL CLOSE FOR RENOVATION FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON BUT YOU WILL FIND THEIR EVENTS WHEN YOU SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE
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BudapestBluebeard100 - Péter Eötvös: Senza sangue; Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's CastleNew production

Bluebeard100 - Péter Eötvös: Senza sangue; Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle
Eötvös, Bartók
Péter Eötvös; Kasper Holten; Hungarian State Opera; Gergely Vajda; Steffen Aarfing; Csaba Szegedi; Andrea Meláth

BudapestSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Kocsak: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Gyula Harangozó; Hungarian National Ballet; Máté Hámori; Kentaur; Rita Velich; Kálmán Szennai

BudapestBluebeard100 - Iván Madarász: Prologue; Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's CastleNew production

Bluebeard100 - Iván Madarász: Prologue; Béla Bartók: Bluebeard's Castle
Madarász, Bartók
Ádám Medveczky; Viktor Nagy; Hungarian State Opera; Nelly Vágó; Adrienn Miksch; TBC; Péter Balczó

BudapestBarbie BlueNew production

Vajda: Barbie Blue
Gergely Vajda; Miklós Szinetár; Hungarian State Opera; Rita Velich; Zsófia Kálnay; Levente Molnár; Hungarian State Opera Orchestra

BudapestBest of Ring

Best of Ring
Wagner
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Balázs Kocsár; Szilvia Rálik; István Kovácsházi; Béla Perencz

PécsBest of Ring

Best of Ring
Wagner
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Balázs Kocsár; Szilvia Rálik; István Kovácsházi; Béla Perencz

BudapestPas de Quatre '18

Pas de Quatre '18
Stravinsky, Piazzolla
András Lukács; Hans van Manen; Hungarian National Ballet; Ballet Company of Győr; Ballet Pécs; Szeged Contemporary Dance Company

BudapestBilly Elliot: The Musical

Billy Elliot: The Musical
John: Music from Billy Elliot
István Silló; Hungarian State Opera; Géza Köteles

BudapestSalomeNew production

Salome
Strauss R.: Salome
Balázs Kocsár; Ferenc Anger; Hungarian State Opera; Tamás Dobrosi; Gergely Zöldy; Andrea Rost; Ildikó Komlósi
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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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