The Hungarian Opera in Budapest
The Hungarian Opera in Budapest is the only place where music, literature, dance, theater, art, choreography and architecture is in perfect harmony.
The beautiful Hungarian State Opera House lies along the beautiful Andrássy Street. When Pest and Buda merged in 1873, the city has known a huge development in the area of tourism. Many hotels, restaurants and theaters and other important places were built at that time including the Opera House that was completed in 1884. The Hungarian Opera House was very modern in those times and it was famous for its great acoustics.
The construction of the Hungarian Opera House
The Opera House was built according to the plans and coordinated by the famous architect Miklós Ybl and was inaugurated by Francis Joseph I on the 27th of September 1884. Its excellent acoustics, carefully designed air conditioning, elegant and specific architectural style of the nineteenth century are the attributes of an institution declared to be primus inter pares.
The repertory of the famous Hungarian Opera
As a specialized institute, the Hungarian State Opera and National Ballet is an eminent institution of the country; it is the only organization specialized in opera and ballet. In its 123 years of existence the greatest masters of ballet and tenors were between the guests of the Hungarian Opera including Pavarotti, Caruso, Domingo and Carreras.
The Hungarian State Opera and National Ballet has the largest repertory in Europe. It honors its mission by promoting the most famous national operas, and the eminent character of the institution is provided continuously by keeping in its program the greatest works of universal culture.
The repertoire of the Hungarian opera includes the The Flying Dutchman of Wagner, The Bat of Strauss, The Nutcracker of Tchaikovsky and Vajnonen, The robbers of Verdi, Bluebeard’s Castle of Bartok, Mario and the Magician by Vajda, Ariadne Naxos by Richard Strauss, Stiffelio by Giuseppe Verdi, Hippolytus and Aricia by Rameau, Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss, The Barber of Seville by Rossini, The Troubadour by Verdi, The Magic Flute by Mozart, the Aida of Verdi and many others.
Visiting the Hungarian Opera
If you want to attend a multilingual (English, German, Spanish, Italian, French or Hungarian) guided tour, you can visit the Opera House every day beginning from 15:00 or 16:00. If you want to attend a spectacle at night, you can order tickets at the following site: www.jegymester.hu. The cheapest tickets are around 700 HUF, but if you want a better place you have to pay around 1,500 HUF.
If you get hungry, you should try the Belcanto Restaurant which is located near the Opera.