Hungarian State Opera, Budapest

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About Hungarian State Opera, Budapest

The Hungarian State Opera House (Hungarian: Magyar Állami Operaház) is a neo-Renaissance opera house located in central Budapest, on Andrássy út. Originally known as the Hungarian Royal Opera House, it was designed by Miklós Ybl, a major figure of 19th century Hungarian architecture. Construction began in 1875, funded by the city of Budapest and by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary, and the new house opened to the public on the 27 September 1884. It is the second largest opera house in Budapest and in Hungary. Touring groups had performed operas in the city from the early 19th century, but as Legány notes, "a new epoch began after 1835 when part of the Kasa National Opera and Theatrical Troupe arrived in Buda". They took over the Castle Theatre and, in 1835, were joined by another part of the troupe, after which performances of operas were given under conductor Ferenc Erkel. By 1837 they had established themselves at the Magyar Színház (Hungarian Theatre) and by 1840, it had become the "Nemzeti Színház" (National Theatre). Upon its completion, the opera section moved into the Hungarian Royal Opera House, with performances quickly gaining a reputation for excellence in a repertory of about 45 to 50 operas and about 130 annual performances. Today, the opera house is home to the Budapest Opera Ball, a society event dating back to 1886.


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On your visit to Budapest, consider visiting Hungarian State Opera. Hungarian State Opera is not a top-rated place in Budapest.

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  • The building itself is very impressive. It is recommended to get a guided tour which cost around £9 as the guide will talk you through the history of the building which is very interesting. Inside of the Opera House is covered in gold and marble and the paintwork on the ceiling is simply astonishing. Would recommend as a tourist must see.

  • Spectacular building, absolutely amazing architecture with full of details and art pieces. It's worth to do a tour of the Opera house, starting at 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00 daily. You could gain lots of information about the history of the building, how it built, who was the key persons of the Opera house, the decoration, art pieces, royal box etc. Such a pleasant visit.

  • Great place to visit, although you might want to search for some information since the fact that they are trying to renew everything might erase some place that you would like to see. It's a nice place to visit and there are a wide varirty of tours in different languages and a small little "Concert" which is just fine.

  • Bought tickets to see two ballets. Highly recommend the Swan Lake but didn't like the modern adaptation of The Wooden Prince. Loved the luxurious interiors of the opera house!

  • Beautiful building both exterior and interior. Impressive wall and ceiling paintings, gilding, stucco in the lobby and sculptures outside. It was a pity that rest of building was closed for reconstruction till 2018, so I wasn't able to enjoy the beauty and acoustics of the opera hall.

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