The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Fairy-tale ballet in three acts


Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker has for decades been an essential part of the Opera's run-up to Christmas. In memory of Vasili Vainonen and Gusztáv Oláh, we first presented for Christmas of 2015 a newly buffed-up show that follows classical ballet traditions while still conforming to the requirements of 21st century dance and set design. Partnering with Tamás Solymosi to choreograph a new fairy-tale ballet for the classical-music piece is a true Nutcracker specialist: the internationally renowned Wayne Eagling. This is the first time in the life of the Hungarian National Ballet that an artist of such worldwide stature has developed a choreography tailored specifically to its members, as well as taking inspiration from them.

    Wayne Eagling / Tamás Solymosi
    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set designer
    Gusztáv Oláh
Costume designer
    Nóra Rományi
Ballet master
    Tamás Solymosi / Marianna Venekei / Angéla Kövessy / Ildikó Pongor / Imre Dózsa / Mária Aradi / Wayne Eagling
Students trained by
    Evelyn Janács
Head of the Children's Chorus
    Nikolett Hajzer


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