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Venue: Hungarian State Opera, Budapest

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AddressAndrássy út 22
Budapest
Central Hungary
1061
Hungary
ContainsErkel Színház (Erkel Theatre)
Hungarian State Opera, Royal Staircase
Hungarian State Opera, Sphinx Terrace
Google maps47° 30' 8.262" N 19° 3' 32.094" E
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Virtuoso dancing in Hungarian National Ballet's Laurencia

Laurencia © Attila Nagy
A ballet to be enjoyed for its visual spectacle, strong and purposeful choreography and a pacy momentum that builds into a rousing finale.
***11
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Szinetár lets the laughs rule in Hungarian Magic Flute

The Hungarian State Opera's revival of The Magic Flute lacks a little magic. 
**111
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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.
***11
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Un ballo glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
The acting was patchy and the singing ranged from serviceable to laudable in this dazzling new production at the Budapest Spring Festival.
***11
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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. 
***11
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Making a strong case for Verdi's Stiffelio

Christian Badea © Szilvia Csibi | Hungarian State Opera
Show-stealing bass singing from Krisztián Cser and an immensely powerful Act 2 make a persuasive case for Verdi's neglected predecessor to Rigoletto.
****1
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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.
****1
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Hungarian forces at their finest

With Gergely Kesselyák on double duty as conductor and director, this revival proves musically outstanding but theatrically less than satisfying.
***11
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