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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Budapest

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BudapestLes Huguenots

Les Huguenots
Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
Oliver von Dohnányi; János Szikora; Hungarian State Opera; Balázs Horesnyi; Yvette Alida Kovács; Klára Kolonits; Gabriella Balga

BudapestGiselle

© Szilvia Csibi
Adam: Giselle
Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot; Marius Petipa; Leonid Lavrovsky; Hungarian National Ballet; Zsolt Jankó; Attila Csikós; Nelly Vágó

BudapestAdés / Rachmaninov / Beethoven / Bogányi / Engegård

Adès, Rachmaninov, Beethoven
Concerto Budapest; Arvid Engegård; Gergely Boganyi

BudapestL'oca del CairoNew production

L'oca del Cairo
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo
Pál Németh; Attila Toronykőy; Hungarian State Opera; Katalin Juhász; István Kovács; Anikó Bakonyi
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Handelian dream team: Jaroussky and Baráth delight in Budapest

Philippe Jaroussky and Emőke Baráth © Attila Nagy, Müpa Budapest
Philippe Jaroussky and Emőke Baráth's team-up with the Ensemble Artaserse proved nothing short of wonderful.
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Tannhäuser's long and tortuous journey of the spirit

Sophie Koch (Venus) and Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Stephen Gould is less than convincing in the lead role of Tannhäuser, but excellent ensemble work under Ádám Fischer's inspired direction offers compensations.
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The ultimate love story: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Budapest

Allison Oakes (Isolde) and Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
As part of the annual Wagner festival in the Hungarian capital, Peter Seiffert and Allison Oakes star as the doomed lovers.
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Wagner highlights in Budapest

Szilvia Rálik © Attila Nagy
This concert, with a running time of about two hours, was a lovely dip in the Rhine without the usual four-to-five hour Wagnerian full immersion.
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