Harangozo Gyula

Gyuia Harangozo is the director of the BaNet of the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, as well as the artistic director of the Vienna State Opera ballet school. He was born on May 4 1956 in Budapest into a family of dancers. His father Gyula Harangozo sen. (1908-1974) was a choreographer and ballet director, his mother Iren Hamata a ballet mistress of the Budapest State Opera. Since 1984 he is an Austrian citizen. He received his training to become a professional dancer from 1966 to 1974 at the National Ballet Institute in Budapest and from 1974 to 1976 at the Moscow Academic Choreographic Institute.

From 1976 to 1983 he was a member of the Hungarian State Opera Ballet in Budapest, from 1978 as a principal dancer. He was awarded with the price of the Moscow Academic Choreographic Institute at Moscow's international Ballet Competition in 1977, 1978 at the World Ballet Concourse in Tokyo he was awarded with the gold medal and the price for the best dancer. From 1981 to 1986 he performed as principal dancer, after that — up until 1988 — as guest soloist for the Bavarian State Opera Ballet. He gave guest appearances at the Bolschoi Ballet in Moscow and the American Ballet Theatre in New York, furthermore he performed in London, Paris, Milano, Berlin, Tokyo, Mexico City and in South America.

On the occasion of a guest performance of the Hungarian State Opera Ballet at the Vienna Volksoper on June 22nd 1979, Gyula Harangozo performed in Vienna for the first time. On March 17th 1982 he had his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Prince Florimund in Rudolf Nureyev's Sleeping Beauty. On September 1 st 1982 he was committed as guest soloist at the Vienna State Opera Ballet, from 1985 to 1991 he was contracted as principal dancer. During this time he danced main roles in the Vienna premiers of Rudoff Nureyev's Raymonda and Frederick Ashton's La Fiile malgardee, furthermore he featured roles like Count Albrecht in Alicia Alonso's Giselle, Basil in Nureyev's Don Quixote, Prince Siegfried in Nureyev's Swan Lake, Blue Bird in Nureyev's Sleeping Beauty, Prince Nutcracker in Yuri Grigorovich's The Nutcracker, Romeo in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet, Aminta in Laszlo Seregi's Sylvia as well as main roles in ballets from George Balanchine (Symphony in C). Gerald Arpino (Kettentanz). Jochen Ulrich (Tantz-Schul), Jiri Kylian (Symphony in D, Dream Dances) and Bernd R. Bienert (Der Idiot) in his Vienna repertoire. After successfully attending functions in ballet management, Gyuia Harangozo was called to the Hungarian State Opera as a ballet director in 1996. The repertoire of his era reaches from producing classics of the 19th century to ballets from Hungarian choreographers like Gyula Harangozo sen. and Laszlo Seregi up to works from Baianchme, Ashton, Rostislaw Zakharov, Cranko, MacMiilan, Hans van Manen, Kylian, Forsythe and Zanelia. Another focus was on ballets by Hungarian choreographers of the new generation. Following stagings of Don Quixote and Swan Lake Gyula Harangozo presented his first own choreography in November 2004 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Budapest.




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