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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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BudapestOnegin

Tchaikovsky: Onegin
John Cranko; Hungarian National Ballet; Domonkos Héja; Thomas Mika

BudapestAida

Verdi: Aida
Marco Comin; János Mohácsi; Hungarian State Opera; Khell Zsolt; Kriszta Remete; István Kovács; Ferenc Cserhalmi

BudapestRenée Fleming song recital

Renée Fleming; Hartmut Höll

BudapestLove and Other DemonsHungarian première

Eötvös: Love and Other Demons
Péter Eötvös; Silviu Purcarete; Hungarian State Opera; Helmut Stürmer; Tetiana Zhuravel; Gergely Boncsér
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Inkinen’s finely-wrought Russian landscapes

A pair of Soviet Cold War classics featured in Pietari Inkinen's Budapest debut at Müpa. 
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Oldie but goodie: La bohème at the Hungarian State Opera

A warhorse on its own, Kálmán Nádasdy's 79-year-old production works surprisingly well, providing a nice evening's entertainment with a dedicated cast.
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The arts are blooming in William Christie’s Budapest Messiah

William Christie and his ensemble Les Arts Florissants (or The blooming arts – a reference to an opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier) visited the Hungarian capital to perform Handel’s Messiah in the exceptional acoustics of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall. 
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Várdai and Vigh unveil musical treasures in Budapest

István Várdai delivers a knockout punch in Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto no. 1 at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. 
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Façade of the Erkel Theatre
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