Erwin Schrott, Bryn Terfel & Nino Machaidze Highlight Hungarian State Opera’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Hungarian State Opera has announced its 2019-20 season featuring a number of new productions and world premieres.


Levente Gyöngyösi’s “The Master and Margarita” makes its world premiere in a new production by Szente Vajk.

Performance Dates: Nov. 15, 2019 – May 28, 2020

Dóra Barta directs a new production of Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea.”

Performance Dates: Dec. 6-29, 2019

Giampaolo Testoni’s “Fantasio / Fortunio” makes its Hungarian premiere in a new production by András Almási-Tóth.  Balázs Kocsár conducts.

Performance Dates: Dec. 20-28, 2019

Ferenc Anger is set to direct a production of Handel’s “Messiah.” The production will showcase Mozart’s arrangement of the piece in a new Hungarian translation by Ádám Nádasdy.

Performance Dates: Dec. 20, 2019-May 20, 2020

Paul Hindemith’s “Mathis, der Maler” will be performed in a new production by Máté Szabó.

Performance Dates: Feb. 7-29, 2020

Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s “Dead Man Walking” makes its Hungarian debut in a production by András Almási-Tóth.

Performance Dates: March 6-14, 2020

Ernő Dohnányi’s “Tante Simona” Jenő Hubay’s “Le luthier de Crémone” will get a new production by Bence Varga.

Performance Dates: March 13-28, 2020

Karol Józef Wojtyła’s “Przed sklepem jubilera” gets a new production with  János Szikora directing.

Performance Dates: April 3-May 14, 2020

András Almási-Tóth directs a new production of Wagner’s “Parsifal” with Balázs Kocsár conducting.

Performance Dates: April 10-May 30, 2020

Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” will be directed by  Miklós H. Vecsei.

Performance Dates: May 1-9, 2020

Frank Hilbrich will direct a new production of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in its five-act version.

Performance Dates: May 16-29, 2020

Bach’s “Keresztkantáták” will feature Forte Társulat in a new production by Horváth Csaba.
Performance Date: May 22-June 5, 2020
Levente Szörényi and Levente Gyöngyösi’s “Stephen, The King” makes its world premiere in a new production.
Performance Dates: June 4-19, 2020
Revivals (In Alphabetical Order)
Verdi’s “Aida” gets a revival featuring the Honvéd Male Choir.
Performance Dates: Feb. 19-March 1, 2020
Erkel’s “Bánk bán” returns to the stage in the classic production by Attila Vidnyánszky.
Performance Dates: March 13-22, 2020
Bizet’s “Carmen” get a revival with Viktória Mester in the title role.
Performance Dates: March 25-April 4, 2020
Tibor Bogányi directs and conducts a revival of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.”
Performance Dates: Oct. 1-13, 2020
Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” will get revived in a production by Georges Delnon.
Performance Dates: March 26-April 5, 2020
 Ferenc Anger directs a revival of Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmélites.”
Performance Dates: May 19-31, 2020
Miklós Szinetár brings his production of Johann Strauss Jr.’ “Die Fledermaus.”
Performance Dates: Dec. 13, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020
Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten” will return to the stage in a production of János Szikora.
Performance Dates: May 27-June 6, 2020
Miklós Szinetár directs Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.”
Performance Dates: Nov. 8-17, 2019
Erkel’s “Hunyadi László” returns to the stage for the first time since 2012.
Performance Dates: Sept. 1-Oct. 20, 2019
Jenő Kenessey’s “The Gold and the Woman” and “István Örkény – Péter Tóth: The Tót Family” make an interesting double bill of Hungarian opera.s
Performance Dates: Jan. 24-Feb. 15, 2020
The Hungarian singspiel “John the Valiant” by Pongrác Kacsóh returns to the stage.
Performance Dates: Jan. 11-Feb 2, 2020

Puccini’s “La bohème” returns in a timeless production by  Kálmán Nádasdy.

Performance Dates: Dec. 14-28, 2019
For those not interested in a classic production of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” the company offers Damiano Michieletto’s 2012 interpretation.
Performance Dates: Dec. 8-10, 2019
Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West” returns after a successful run last season.
Performance Dates: Nov. 13-24, 2019
András Almási-Tóth’s 2018-29 production of Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda” returns after a successful run.
Performance Dates: Jan. 31-Feb. 15, 2020
Judit Galgóczy’s Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” production gets a revival with Erwin Schrott alternating the Count and Figaro on different evenings.
Performance Dates: Jan. 10-19, 2020
Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” with Máté Szabó at the helm.
Performance Dates: Feb. 25-March 1, 2020
Mozart’s “L’Oca del Cairo, Ossia Lo Sposo Deluso” returns to the stage after its world premiere during the 2018-19 season.
Performance Dates: Feb. 21-March 29, 2020
 Puccini “Manon Lescaut” gets revived after making its production premiere last season.
Performance Dates: April 23-May 3, 2020
Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” returns in an unauthorized production by András Almási-Tóth.
Performance Dates: Nov. 20-28, 2019
Verdi’s Requiem will be given to concert performances.
Performance Dates: Nov. 2-4, 2019
Miklós Szinetár and Mária Harangi’s production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” takes the stage.
Performance Dates: Nov. 7-23, 2019
 Géza M. Tóth’s production of Johann Sebastian Bach – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s “Saint Matthew Passion” returns to the Budapest stage.
Performance Dates: April 9-11, 2020
 András Almási-Tóth directs his acclaimed production of Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen.”
 Performance Dates: Nov. 1-16, 2019
Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” returns in Fabio Ceresa’s production.
Performance Dates: April 18-May 2, 2020
Special Events 
Pietro Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Messa di Gloria” get a concert performance.  The works will also be on a national tour.
Performance Dates: April 12-17, 2020; March 31-April 14, 2020 ( National Tour dates)

Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” receives an important concert performance.

Performance Dates: Jan. 8, 2020
Gounod’s “Faust” is yet another opera that will be seen in concert form.
Performance Dates: Nov. 22, 2019
Legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto gives a long anticipated recital on Hungarian stage.
Performance Dates: Oct. 7, 2019
Early in the season the opera will present a gala commemorating Mihaly Kalmandy 30th anniversary.
Performance Dates: Oct. 5, 2019
The opera will also present a gala commemorating Ildiko Komlosi’s 35th anniversary with the company.
Performance Dates: Dec. 9, 2019
Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” will be presented in Hungarian in a production by  Attila Toronykőy.
Performance Dates: August 24, 2019-June 30, 2020
Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” will get a concert performance.
Performance Dates: Nov. 23, 2019
Gábor Bretz takes on the title role in Boito’s “Mefistofele” in a concert performance.
Performance Dates: Jan. 9, 2020
Bizet’s “Carmen” gets a national tour.
Performance Dates: June 6-20, 2020
János Kovács takes the podium in Verdi’s “Nabucco” during a national tour.
Performance Dates: Nov. 19-Dec. 10, 2019
The Hungarian State Opera celebrates the New Year in a gala at the Erkel.
Performance Date: Jan. 1, 2020
Lithuanian soprano Vida Miknevičiūtė sings the title role in Strauss’ “Salome” in a concert performance.
Performance Date: May 23, 2020
Verdi’s “Stiffelio” gets a rare concert performance.
Performance Date: May 30, 2020
Levente Szörényi – János Bródy’s “Szörényi75 – Steven, the king” will be performed in a concert performance.
Performance Date: April 26, 2020
Peter Seiffert takes the title role in a concert version of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser.”
Performance Date: May 25, 2020
Goldmark’s “The Queen of Sheba” goes to Tel Aviv in a remarkable production by Csaba Káel.
Performance Dates: Sept. 10, 2019 
Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” will be conducted under the baton of Gergely Kesselyák.
Performance Dates: Feb. 27, 2020
The season will also feature the annually organised ball to mark the end of the ball season with Nino Machaidze, the Christian Spirit Festival with Michael Volle and Gabriela Scherer and Bryn Terfel in a concert gala.