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Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) and dancer © Bálint Hirling, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

A thunderous end to the 2019 Budapest Ring: Götterdammerüng at Müpa

By , 16 June 2019
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Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Gábor Kotschy, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Tomasz Konieczny's Wanderer outstanding in a uniformly strong cast: Siegfried in Budapest

By , 15 June 2019
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Johan Reuter (Wotan), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) © Szilvia Csibi, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Doom-laden debate: Reuter and Schöck turn up the heat in Die Walküre in Budapest

By , 14 June 2019
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Christian Franz (Loge) © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Christian Franz's Loge leads a near-flawless cast in Das Rheingold in Budapest

By , 13 June 2019
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David Szigetvári © Veronika Éder
Budapest

Handel's Joshua at the Liszt Academy, Budapest

By , 26 February 2019
***11
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Philippe Jaroussky and Emőke Baráth © Attila Nagy, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Handelian dream team: Jaroussky and Baráth delight in Budapest

By , 13 September 2018
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Sophie Koch (Venus) and Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Tannhäuser's long and tortuous journey of the spirit in Budapest

By , 17 June 2018
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Allison Oakes (Isolde) and Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

The ultimate love story: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Budapest

By , 16 June 2018
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Szilvia Rálik © Attila Nagy
Budapest

Hungarian State Opera's “Best of Ring”: Wagner highlights in Budapest

By , 11 June 2018
***11
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Elisabet Strid (Senta) © Gábor Kotschy | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

A powerful gale of sound in Budapest's Dutchman

By , 08 June 2018
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Natalya Boeva © Zsófia Pályi, Budapest Spring Festival
Budapest

Keeping Up with the Prussians: an homage to Wilhelmine von Bayreuth with Hasse's Artaserse

By , 21 April 2018
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Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
Budapest

Un ballo in maschera glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

By , 21 April 2018
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Nicola Alaimo (Falstaff) © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

All good fun: a flesh-and-blood Falstaff at Müpa Budapest

By , 06 March 2018
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Véronique Gens, György Vashegyi and Thomas Dolié © Attila Nagy | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

A journey to the Indies: an excellent Les Indes galantes at Müpa Budapest

By , 27 February 2018
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Krisztián Kocsis © Luca Kende
Budapest

A Mozart showcase for two young pianists at Müpa, Budapest

By , 11 February 2018
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Viktória Vizin and Jordan Shanahan in Senza sangue © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Senza sangue the ideal partner to Bluebeard’s Castle in sensational Hungarian double bill

By , 10 February 2018
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Ádám Fischer conducting The Creation © Gábor Kotschy, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

A radiant start to the year in Budapest: Haydn's The Creation at Müpa

By , 01 January 2018
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Marc Minkowski © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Christmas celebrations with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre in Budapest

By , 13 December 2017
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Zsolt Haja (Father), Helga Nánási (Gretel), Gabriella Balga (Hänsel) and Atala Schöck (Mother) © Valter Berecz | Hungarian State Opera
Budapest

Garbage bins and shopping trolleys: a disappointing new Hänsel und Gretel in Budapest

By , 09 December 2017
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The Hungarian National Ballet in Etudes © Szilvia Csibi | Hungarian State Opera
Budapest

Classic 47˚N19˚E: Theme and Variations / Études opens in Budapest

By , 17 November 2017
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Riccardo Frizza conducts the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
Budapest

Too much consolation: Dvořák’s Stabat Mater at Müpa

By , 01 November 2017
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Christian Badea © Szilvia Csibi | Hungarian State Opera
Budapest

Hungarian State Opera makes a strong case for Verdi's Stiffelio

By , 30 October 2017
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Ke Ma © Pályi Zsófia, Müpa
Budapest

Ke Ma and Apor Szüts: young pianists in Budapest

By , 29 October 2017
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Budapest

Les Huguenots powerfully driven by Oliver von Dohnányi at Hungarian State Opera

By , 28 October 2017
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Aliya Tanykpayeva and Iurii Kekalo in Trois Gnossiennes © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera
Budapest

Three shades of Hans van Manen by the Hungarian National Ballet

By , 20 October 2017
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Budapest

Hungarian forces at their finest: Nabucco revived at the Erkel Theatre

By , 19 October 2017
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Christopher Maltman (Don Giovanni) and Kristinn Sigmundsson (The Commendatore) © Jane Hobson
Budapest

Don Giovanni stripped bare in Budapest

By , 24 September 2017
****1
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Budapest

Boom or bust: the Hungarian State Opera's new Bánk Bán

By , 09 September 2017
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A Scene from A Streetcar Named Desire © Szilvia Csibi
Budapest

A brilliant end to the season: Marianna Venekei’s A Streetcar Named Desire premieres in Budapest

By , 17 June 2017
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Budapest

Hungarian State Opera's slow-motion The Queen of Sheba verges on La Sonnambula

By , 18 May 2017
***11
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Komische Oper's Die Zauberflöte © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Budapest

Komische Oper's Zauberflöte enchants Budapest

By , 20 April 2017
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Hungarian National Ballet in Manon © Szilvia Csibi
Budapest

Hungarian National Ballet superb in Manon

By , 09 April 2017
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Budapest

Musical performances stand out in new Siegfried at the Hungarian State Opera

By , 19 March 2017
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Budapest

A national classic in a convoluted staging: Erkel's Hunyadi László in Budapest

By , 10 March 2017
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Budapest

Lack of emotional connection in Pique Dame in Budapest

By , 03 March 2017
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Xavier Sabata © Michal Novak
Budapest

A splendid Solomon in Budapest

By , 01 February 2017
****1
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Love and Other Demons © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Péter Eötvös' Love and other demons: music for martyrs in Budapest

By , 27 January 2017
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Pietari Inkinen © Nguye Phuong
Budapest

Pietari Inkinen’s finely-wrought Russian landscapes poke history’s ribs

By , 13 January 2017
***11
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© Juhász Arrila
Budapest

Oldie but goodie: La bohème at the Hungarian State Opera

By , 23 December 2016
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William Christie © János Posztós | Müpa Budapest
Budapest

The arts are blooming in William Christie’s Budapest Messiah

By , 17 December 2016
****1
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István Várdai © Felbontású Nagy
Budapest

Camille Saint-Saëns: Várdai and Vigh unveil musical treasures in Budapest

By , 14 December 2016
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Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © Budapest Festival Orchestra
Budapest

In memoriam Zoltán Kocsis: tribute by the Budapest Festival Orchestra tops a stunning concert

By , 02 December 2016
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Budapest

A one-woman show: new Lucia di Lammermoor opens in Budapest

By , 18 November 2016
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Budapest

Tosca in Budapest: cast captivates in Puccini's shabby little shocker

By , 05 November 2016
***11
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The Mine © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Rautavaara's The Mine marks 60th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution

By , 21 October 2016
****1
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Joolz Gale © CAFe Budapest / Andrea Felvegi
Budapest

Bartók beyond borders at Pesti Vigadó: Joolz Gale’s musical laboratory

By , 09 October 2016
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Andrea Szántó and Gábor Bretz in Duke Blackbeard's Castle © János Posztós, CAFe Budapest
Budapest

Bartók double bill at Müpa: Bluebeard’s Castle in its uncontrived, uncontaminated, original glory!

By , 07 October 2016
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The Spinning Room © Péter Rákossy
Budapest

Znaniecki's directorial success in Budapest: Kodály’s The Spinning Room

By , 01 October 2016
***11
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Péter Balczó (Alfredo) and Erika Miklósa (Violetta) © Attila Nagy
Budapest

A new Traviata with passions running low in Budapest

By , 24 September 2016
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Ning Feng © Felix Broede
Budapest

Paris Impressions: Fischer and Feng’s foray into French repertoire in Budapest

By , 23 September 2016
***11
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