The training I received at the Academy was difficult and at times harsh, but those who survived the experience emerged as real musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

Opera Exam Festival 2020

The performances of the Opera Exam Festival have been one of the highlights of our January programmes for many years now. In 2020, vocal students from the Liszt Academy and foreign universities will have the opportunity to showcase their talent and aptitude on stage for the seventh time. This time around, the students of the Liszt Academy will be staging a patchwork opera composed by their peers studying at the Composition Department - Magor Bucz, Richárd Dankó, Dániel Dobri, Milán Hodován, Dániel Lázár, Áron Somody and Abigél Var. The opera was inspired by Akira Kurosava’s 1950 movie classic based on Akutagava's writings. Students of German opera education will be the stars of the three following evenings. The Hamburg College of Music and Dance will stage 20th-century composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann's chamber opera, the Dresden-based institution named after Carl Maria von Weber will bring to life Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s opera hit in one act and Milhaud’s very short and genuinely delicate three-act piece, while the college of Freiburg will stage Cimarosa’s best-known opera buffa, The Secret Marriage. 



2020 January