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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.
Ádám Fischer © Szilvia Csibi | Müpa Budapest
our interview with Ádám Fischer

Tannhäuser, Tristan, Der Ring: Ádám Fischer talks Wagner

At the 2018 Budapest Wagner Days, the festival's creator will conduct Tannhäuser and Tristan und Isolde. He talks to us about what makes stagings of those operas tick, about Müpa and about the renewed Ring for 2019.
March 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance
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BudapestThe Karamazovs

The Karamazovs
Various: The Karamazovs
Boris Eifman; Hungarian National Ballet; Gergely Kesselyák; Vyacheslav Okunev

BudapestLars Vogt and the Royal Northern Sinfonia

Lars Vogt and the Royal Northern Sinfonia
Royal Northern Sinfonia; Lars Vogt

BudapestMy Passion: The Choir - Dénes Szabó

© Nagy Attila - mupa
Dénes Szabó; Soma Szabó; Nyíregyháza Cantemus Mixed Choir

BudapestCavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

© Attila Nagy
Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Marco Comin; Georges Delnon; Hungarian State Opera; Madeleine Schleich; Prisca Baumann; Gyöngyi Lukács; Ildikó Komlósi


© Attila Nágy
Wagner: Parsifal
Balázs Kocsár; András Mikó; Hungarian State Opera; Gábor Forray; Péter Makai; Tomás Tómasson; Gábor Géza

BudapestLa vestale (The Vestal Virgin)

La vestale (The Vestal Virgin)
Spontini: La vestale
Eugene Kohn; Hungarian State Opera; Francesco Pio Galasso; Mihály Kalmandy; Ferenc Cserhalmi; Szilvia Rálik

BudapestTiefland (The Lowlands)

Tiefland (The Lowlands)
d'Albert: Tiefland (Lowland)
Stefan Soltesz; Hungarian State Opera; Eszter Sümegi; Attila Fekete; Csaba Szegedi; Gábor Géza
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All good fun: a flesh-and-blood Falstaff at Müpa Budapest

Nicola Alaimo (Falstaff) © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
The Iván Fischer Opera Company makes a triumphant foray into Verdi's oeuvre.
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Excellent Les Indes galantes at Müpa

Véronique Gens, György Vashegyi and Thomas Dolié © Attila Nagy | Müpa Budapest
A delightful performance of Rameau's opera opens the Müpa's Early Music Festival.
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A Mozart showcase for two young pianists at Müpa, Budapest

Krisztián Kocsis © Luca Kende
The Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra showcased two very promising young Hungarian pianists, Krisztián Kocsis and Ádám Balogh, at Müpa.
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Sensational Hungarian double bill at Müpa

Viktória Vizin and Jordan Shanahan in Senza sangue © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa Budapest
In a sensational Hungarian double bill of taut psychological drama at Müpa, Péter Eötvös' Senza sangue proves a thrilling partner to Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle.
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A radiant start to the year in Budapest

Ádám Fischer conducting The Creation © Gábor Kotschy, Müpa Budapest
Ádám Fischer delivers a remarkable performance of Haydn's great oratorio.
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Christmas celebrations with Marc Minkowski

Marc Minkowski © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
An early Christmas celebration in Budapest, with four of Bach's cantatas from his Christmas Oratorio.
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Garbage bins and shopping trolleys

Zsolt Haja (Father), Helga Nánási (Gretel), Gabriella Balga (Hänsel) and Atala Schöck (Mother) © Valter Berecz | Hungarian State Opera
A new production of Humperdinck's charming opera fails to enchant at the Erkel Theatre. 
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Culture in Budapest: Music

State Opera House © Attila Nagy
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

Lotz Café © Bachtrack Ltd / David Karlin
Find your way round Budapest's wonderful Art Nouveau architecture and other hidden treasures.

History and Politics in Budapest

Houses of Parliament at night © Bachtrack Ltd / Hannah Marcus
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

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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

St Matthias Church - Madonna and Child © Bachtrack Ltd / David Karlin
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

Szimpla "Ruin bar" © Bachtrack Ltd / David Karlin
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

Ice skating © Bachtrack Ltd / Hannah Marcus
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.