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.
SEASON PREVIEW

Hungarian State Opera's 2016-7 season

Hungarian State Opera's 2016-7 season starts with a new production of La traviata, ends with the world première of Levente Gyöngyösi’s The Master and Margarita and spans a wide range of everything in between.
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BudapestNabucco

Verdi: Nabucco
TBC; Gergely Kesselyák; Hungarian State Opera; Edit Zeke; Janó Papp; Alexandru Agache; Michele Kalmandy

BudapestWerther

Massenet: Werther
Balázs Kocsár; János Szikora; Hungarian State Opera; Balázs Horesnyi; Yvette Alida Kovács; Ivan Magrì; Szabolcs Brickner

BudapestElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Michael Boder; Balázs Kovalik; Hungarian State Opera; Csaba Antal; Mari Benedek; Ildikó Komlósi; Szilvia Rálik

BudapestThe Magic CupboardWorld première

Farkas: The Magic Cupboard
Kálmán Strausz; András Aczél; Hungarian State Opera; Márk Lakatos; Katalin Töreky; Dániel Roska

BudapestDie 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
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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.
***11
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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.
**111
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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.
**111
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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.
***11
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Oldie but goodie: La bohème at the Hungarian State Opera

A warhorse on its own, Kálmán Nádasdy's 79-year-old production works surprisingly well, providing a nice evening's entertainment with a dedicated cast.
***11
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