Balázs Kovalik

Stage Director

Balázs Kovalik was born in Budapest and studied stage direction at the Bayerische Theaterakademie in Munich where he did several stagings at the Prinzregententheater, for example Bartók’s Bluebeards Castle (this production was also shown at the Cairo Operahouse).

At the National Theatre Szeged, at the Hungarian State Opera as well as at the Opera Bergen (Noway) he directed Puccini’s Turandot, at the Staatstheater Schwerin he did a very successful staging of Tchaikovsky’s Eugen Onegin (this production went later to the Miskolc Operafestival as well as the Hungarian State Opera Budapest). In his hometown he also did stagings of Bartók’s Bluebeards Castle, Ligeti’s Le grand macabre as well as Britten’s Peter Grimes and The Turno of the screw. At the Budapest Spring Festival he directed a so-called “Mozart-Marathon” showing all three Da Ponte Operas.

In September 2007 Balázs Kovalik was appointed Artistic Director of the Hungarian State Opera Budapest, and since then his stagings of Strauss’ Elektra, Beethoven’s Fidelio and Handel’s Xerxes were highly acclaimed by critics and audiences. Since 1997 he has been teaching at the Franz Liszt Musicacademy in Budapest.

In February 2010 he gave his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, directing the world premiere of Peter Eötvös’ opera Die Tragödie des Teufels. In May/June 2010 directed Janacek’s Kat’a Kabanova at the Opera Bonn, in September 2010 his staging of Boito’s Mefistofele at the Hungarian State Opera Budapest had an outstanding success. Future commitments include stagings at Theaters like Staatsoper Berlin, Prinzregententheater Munich, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Staatsoper Hannover among others.

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