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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Budapest

Here you can find what to do in Budapest - not only for music, dance and opera lovers, but for people interested in all the culture. Scroll down the page for our interactive guide and much more information about this fascinating city.
October 2017
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BudapestGyörgy Selmeczi: Our Lady's KnightPremière

Selmeczi: Our Lady's Knight
Máté Szabó Sipos; Novák Eszter; Cluj-Napoca Cluj-Napoca Hungarian Opera; Ianis Vasilatos; Florina Belinda Vasilatos; István Kovács; Róbert Laczkó Vass

BudapestBudapest Festival Orchestra

Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer; Emanuel Ax


Verdi: Nabucco
Gergely Kesselyák; Hungarian State Opera; Edit Zeke; Janó Papp; Mihály Kalmandy; Alexandru Agache

BudapestBudapest Festival Orchestra

Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer; Emanuel Ax

BudapestLOLNew production

Piazzolla, Satie, Various
Hans van Manen; Hungarian National Ballet; Joop Stokvis

BudapestBudapest Festival Orchestra

Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer; Emanuel Ax

BudapestPiano Arias - Liszt206

Hungarian State Opera; Gergely Boganyi; Zita Váradi
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Don Giovanni stripped bare in Budapest

Iván Fischer's minimalist staging of Don Giovanni makes a triumphant return to Mupa, Budapest.
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Boom or bust: the Hungarian State Opera's new Bánk Bán

The big heart and generous melodies of Ferenc Erkel's fine opera shine through in difficult circumstances in Atilla Vidnyánszky semi-abstract new staging at the Erkel Theatre.
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A Streetcar Named Desire premieres in Budapest

The Hungarian National Ballet brilliantly closes the season with the world premiere of Marianna Venekei’s version of Tennessee Williams’ classic A Streetcar Named Desire on music by László Dés.
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Hungarian State Opera's slow-motion The Queen of Sheba

The score of Goldmark's opera is filled with lovely orchestral surprises, in addition to stunning arias, but is often filled with an abundance of slow tempos.
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Komische Oper's Zauberflöte enchants Budapest

With a guest performance of the Komische Oper Berlin, Barrie Kosky's and Suzanne Andrade's magical production triumphs in Budapest.
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MacMillan's Manon* in Budapest

A memorable Manon in Budapest 
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Musical performances stand out in Budapest Siegfried

The third installment of Géza M. Tóth's staging of the Ring, this Siegfried is visually striking, but it's only a strong cast, and above all Egils Silins' Wanderer, that makes it worth attending.
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Culture in Budapest: Music

From the golden splendour of the State Opera House to the superb acoustics of the Béla Bartók Concert Hall at the Palace of Arts to the hip and cool of the A38 or Aquarium, Budapest has music to suit every ear.

Culture in Budapest: Art and architecture

Find your way round Budapest's wonderful Art Nouveau architecture and other hidden treasures.

History and Politics in Budapest

Budapest is a city keen to preserve its long and complex history, from the early Arpads to the Soviet era and to today. You won't be able to see it all. But that's no reason not to try.

Culture in Budapest: Art

Budapest is a city for artists and a city for art lovers - whichever you are, and no matter what type of art you like, you will find something to please your palate. There is so much to discover that you can visit the city as many times as you like and always find something new to delight and interest you.

Culture in Budapest: Religion

The best thing about the churches and synagogues you can find around Budapest is the care with which they are looked after and preserved. You can find in these buildings the very life blood of the city, and this is something that every traveller to Budapest can and should make the most of.

Culture in Budapest: Food and fun

From delectable strudels to fine Hungarian dining in opulent surroundings to improbable fusions of Italian and Jewish cooking, Budapest will tempt every palate. The city's famous "Ruin bars", spas and clubs are just some of a thousand places to relax or have fun.

Culture in Budapest: for kids

Animals, museums, interactivity, outdoor activities: Budapest has plenty to explore and discover, no matter if you’re an actual child - or a child at heart.