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Venue: Hungarian State Opera, Budapest

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AddressAndrássy út 22
Budapest
Central Hungary
1061
Hungary
ContainsErkel Színház (Erkel Theatre)
Hungarian State Opera, Royal Staircase
Hungarian State Opera, Sphinx Terrace
Google maps47° 30' 8.262" N 19° 3' 32.094" E
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BudapestMadama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Pietro Rizzo; Miklós-Gábor Kerényi; Hungarian State Opera; Kentaur; Andrea Rost; Boldizsár László; Anatolij Fokanov

BudapestLa rondineNew production

La rondine
Puccini: La rondine
Jószef Horváth; Ferenc Anger; Hungarian State Opera; Gergely Zöldy; Hungarian Opera of Kolozsvár

BudapestTosca

Tosca
Puccini: Tosca
Ádám Medveczky; Viktor Nagy; Hungarian State Opera; Tamás Vayer; Nelly Vágó; Eszter Sümegi; István Kovácsházi

BudapestManon LescautNew production

Manon Lescaut
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Balázs Kocsár; Máté Szabó; Hungarian State Opera; Anni Füzér; Gabriella Létay Kiss; Gergely Boncsér; Attila Fekete

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; István Silló; Kentaur; Rita Velich

BudapestIl trittico

Il trittico
Puccini
Gergely Kesselyák; Ferenc Anger; Hungarian State Opera; Gergely Zöldy; Károly Szemerédy; Csilla Boross

BudapestGregory Kunde’s Concert of Puccini arias

Gregory Kunde’s Concert of Puccini arias
Puccini: Arias from opera
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Gregory Kunde

BudapestUn ballo in maschera

Un ballo in maschera
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Michelangelo Mazza; Fabio Ceresa; Hungarian State Opera; Tiziano Santi; Giuseppe Palella; Mykhailo Malafii; Attila Fekete
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Wagner highlights in Budapest

Szilvia Rálik © Attila Nagy
This concert, with a running time of about two hours, was a lovely dip in the Rhine without the usual four-to-five hour Wagnerian full immersion.
***11
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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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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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Hungarian forces at their finest

With Gergely Kesselyák on double duty as conductor and director, this revival proves musically outstanding but theatrically less than satisfying.
***11
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Boom or bust: the Hungarian State Opera's new Bánk Bán

The big heart and generous melodies of Ferenc Erkel's fine opera shine through in difficult circumstances in Atilla Vidnyánszky semi-abstract new staging at the Erkel Theatre.
****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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