Istvan Simon is an international dance artist, permanent guest performer of the Dortmund Opera House and a regular guest with many of the most admired opera houses and theaters in the world, such as the Teatro di San Carlo-Naples and the Kremlin Theater-Moscow. Mr. Simon studied at the Hungarian Dance Art University in Budapest. He won gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions of Helsinki, Brno, St Pölten, was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne and won the Grand Prix of HDAA in Budapest. Mr. Simon’s dance career began in 2007 at the Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany and he soon became the principal guest artist with the Hungarian National Ballet. In the season 2013/14 he joined the Hungarian National Ballet and was invited to return to Semperoper as a principal dancer a year later. As an international dance artist, he is regularly invited to the most prestigious festivals and gala performances of the world.
He has performed at the Opéra National de Paris, New York City Center, Tokyo Saitama Theater, St. Petersburg Alexandrinsky Theater, Antwerp DeSingel Theater, Paris Theater des Champs-Elysées, Paris Theater de la Ville, Barcelona Opera Liceu, Teatro di San Carlo, Moscow Kremlin Theater, Hungarian National Opera, Gothenburg Opera House, Staatstheater Nuremberg, Finnish National Opera, Abu Dhabi Emirates Palace, and Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Chemnitz Opera House, Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen. Mr. Simon is also a member of the Hungarian Dance Art University’s Social Council. Mr. Simon’s wide repertoire stretches from classical to contemporary. They performed the principal male roles in the most well-known classical and neoclassical ballet literature such as Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Solor in La Bayadere, Franz in Coppelia, James in La Sylphide, Lensky in. Onegin and Armand in The Lady of the Camellias, Oberon in Midsummer night’s dream. Mr. Simon has worked with today’s most distinguished contemporary choreographers such as William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekmann, David Dawson, Jacopo Godani, Stijn Celis, Xin Peng Wang, Jiří Bubeníček and Ohad Naharin.
2018 Principal Dancer of Dortmund Ballett
2014-2018 Principal Dancer, Semperoper Ballett Dresden
2013-2015 Principal Dancer, Hungarian National Ballet
2013-2014 Principal Guest Artist, Semperoper Ballet Dresden
2007-2013 Soloist, Semperoper Ballett Dresden