Updated: Hungarian State Opera's New Season

  • 4 Sep 2014 9:00 AM
Updated: Hungarian State Opera's New Season
"The Hungarian State Opera proudly presents its new (2014/15) season. It exceeds all expectations and is worthy of any opera house or cultural institute in the world. Together with our recently reopened second venue, the Erkel Theatre, the Opera offers more programmes than ever.

We offer a fascinating range of performances for lovers of opera, ballet and classical music. While we keep over 30 operas on the repertoire, we prepare with 20 premičres including popular pieces like Aida, Carmen or Nabucco presented in new versions.

The next season starts with such classics as Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci and ends with a true rarity: Farnace by Vivaldi.

Besides our internationally acclaimed soloists Csilla Boross, Ildiko Komlosi, Andrea Rost or Levente Molnar, a guest at the Metropolitan Opera in 2015, a list of international stars, Edita Gruberova, Jose Cura, Piotr Beczała, Anja Kampe, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Ambrogio Maestri, Robert Dean Smith, Renato Bruson and many more are to appear on stage at the Opera House and the Erkel Theatre in Budapest.

The Hungarian State Opera is also the home of the Hungarian National Ballet and the oldest orchestra in Hungary, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra – the orchestra of the Opera (established in 1853).

The Hungarian National Ballet prepares with a brand new staging of Swan Lake, the Hungarian premičre of Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s Manon, and a special version of Troy Games – Amazons choreographed specially for ballerinas while keeping many other popular productions on their repertoire.

The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra gives 10 concerts throughout the season led by excellent guest conductors like John Axelrod, Christian Badea, Marko Letonja and Antoni Wit or its chairman-conductor, Pinchas Steinberg.

Apart from producing operas, ballet performances and concerts, the Hungarian State Opera also organizes more than 50 special events to commemorate different occasions and are aimed at different generations, different audiences.

A highlight of the Faust Season, a charity event entitled Faust Ball is organized with special guest stars Angela Gheorghiu and Carlos Acosta.

The closing event of the season is entitled Faust225 Festival, which aims to present the most concentrated event of this season on the 225th anniversary of the first publication of Goethe’s Faust – A Fragment.

Five brilliant pieces based on the topic of Faust can be heard (among them the premičre of Gounod’s opera), with a rarity concert by the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra to conclude the series that spans over two weeks featuring international guest singers like Eleanor Lyons or Dario Schmunk, as well as guest conductors: Maurizio Benini, Carlo Montanaro, Erik Nielsen and Michael Schonwandt.

Troy Game / La Sylphide – 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 20 September, 2014

Troy Game is a one act work performed by men only. Robert North's choreography combines the everyday routine of dancers with movements inspired by martial arts such as the Japanese aikido or the Brazilian capoeira. One of the earliest classical choreographies, La Sylphide takes place in Scotland, explores human emotions. At its centre we find a man who is torn between his real life bride to be and the Sylphide, his vision of an ideal woman...

Season Opener – 13 September, 2014 from 15.00 (Sphynx Terrace, Andrássy Avenue, Opera House)

Following a tradition started in 2013, the first premiere of the season can be followed on a huge screen in Andrássy Avenue. Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci are put on stage by Georges Delnon, the prospective intendant of the Hamburg State Opera. The opera scene returns to Andrássy Avenue, which will be closed off to cars in front of the Opera House, as the leading figures of Hungarian opera and ballet return in costume for the start of the season.

Ernő Dohnányi: The tenor – premiere: 14 September, 2014 19.00 (Erkel Theatre)

The Hungarian State Opera presents a hilarious Hungarian comedy in the German Romantic style. The tenor of a provincial vocal quartet dies... and right before a singing competition. A new tenor must be found! Only the alcoholic layabout Schippel can help... Ernő Dohnányi's comic opera can be seen at the Erkel Theatre.

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