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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.
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Hungarian State Opera's 2016-7 season

Hungarian State Opera's 2016-7 season starts with a new production of La traviata, ends with the world première of Levente Gyöngyösi’s The Master and Margarita and spans a wide range of everything in between.

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

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: Art and architecture

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

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.

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: 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.

Müpa Budapest

Amongst all the renovation in Budapest, Müpa stands out: nearing its 10th birthday, it welcomes nearly half a million visitors a year to over a thousand events.
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BudapestNabucco

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

BudapestLe CorsairePremiere

Various: Le Corsaire
Anna-Marie Holmes; Marius Petipa; Konstantin Sergeyev; Tamás Solymosi; Hungarian National Ballet; István Rózsa; Nóra Rományi; Kirk Bookman

BudapestWerther

Massenet: Werther
Balázs Kocsár; János Szikora; Hungarian State Opera; Balázs Horesnyi; Yvette Alida Kovács; Ivan Magrì; Szabolcs Brickner

BudapestElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Michael Boder; Balázs Kovalik; Hungarian State Opera; Csaba Antal; Mari Benedek; Ildikó Komlósi; Szilvia Rálik
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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.
****1
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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.
***11
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Erkel's Hunyadi László in Budapest

With a convoluted production and uneven cast, Tamás Pál in the pit and Klára Kolonits as Erzsébet Szilágyi prove to be the highlights of the performance of this Erkel classic.
**111
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Hungarian Opera House
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Façade of the Erkel Theatre
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