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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.
December 2017
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BudapestThe Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
Tamás Solymosi; Wayne Eagling; Hungarian National Ballet; Kálmán Szennai; Imre Kollár; András Déri; Péter Halász

BudapestLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Balázs Kocsár; Kálmán Nádasdy; Hungarian State Opera; János Kovács; Gusztáv Oláh; Tivadar Márk; Boldizsár László

BudapestThomas Trotter and the Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge

Chilcott, Gardner, Tavener, Bednall, Howells, Finzi, Bach, Mendelssohn, Edmundson, Dupré, Dove, Burton, Darke, Wade, Gruber
Andrew Nethsingha; Thomas Trotter; Cambridge Choir of St John's College

BudapestHänsel und GretelNew production

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
János Kovács; Rafael Villalobos; Hungarian State Opera; Emanuele Sinisi; Zsófia Kálnay; Gabriella Balga

BudapestAndrea Chénier

Giordano: Andrea Chénier
Jader Bignamini; Hungarian State Opera; Yusif Eyvazov; Elchin Azizov; Anna Netrebko; Szilvia Vörös

BudapestHaydn: The Creation

Haydn: The Creation (Die Schöpfung), Hob XXI:2
Teatro alla Scala Academy Orchestra; Ádám Fischer; Regula Mühlemann; Paul Schweinester; Thomas E. Bauer; Hungarian Radio Choir

BudapestNew Year's at the Erkel

Pacsay, Wagner, Tóth, Beethoven
Gergely Kesselyák; Hungarian State Opera; Hungarian National Ballet; István Kovács; Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz
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Garbage bins and shopping trolleys

A new production of Humperdinck's charming opera fails to enchant at the Erkel Theatre. 
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Theme and Variations / Études opens in Budapest

A double bill that focuses on the purity of classical ballet form, in a fine combined 70th Anniversary celebration, excellently performed by Hungarian National Ballet.  
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Too much consolation: Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at Müpa

An overpowering orchestra and unusual stage layout contribute to a disappointingly even-tempered Stabat Mater.
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Making a strong case for Verdi's Stiffelio

Show-stealing bass singing from Krisztián Cser and an immensely powerful Act 2 make a persuasive case for Verdi's neglected predecessor to Rigoletto.
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Ke Ma and Apor Szüts: young pianists in Budapest

Two promising talents tacke Beethoven: China's Ke Ma impresses in PC4, Hungary's Szüts impresses as a composer with his cadenza for PC1. Tamás Gál and the Miskolc Symphony provide strong support.
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Les Huguenots at Hungarian State Opera

Oliver von Dohnányi leads a great orchestral performance to drive Meyerbeer's grand historical epic, lit up by sparkling coloratura from Klára Kolonits.
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Three shades of Hans van Manen

Now an ever-developing city, Budapest has become much more than faded grandeur, actually, and the Hungarian National Ballet’s recent moves reflect just that
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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.