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Guide to Müpa Budapest

When the Müpa, Budapest and Hungary's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than a hundred years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues including the Festival Theatre, the Bela Bartok National Concert Hall and the Ludwig Museum, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.

The creators of this ambitious project were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. Müpa hosts a packed year-round programme of jazz, classical music, world music, opera, ballet, folk music and contemporary dance performances, welcoming artists international artists and visitors to its superb venue.
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BudapestRameau: Les Indes galantes

Rameau: Les Indes galantes
Rameau: Les Indes galantes
Orfeo Orchestra; György Vashegyi; Chantal Santon-Jeffery; Katherine Watson; Véronique Gens; Reinoud Van Mechelen

BudapestThe Amorous Queen - Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

The Amorous Queen - Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas 1700
Dávid Dinya; Simplicissimus Ensemble

BudapestMonteverdi: Orfeo

© Marco Borggreve
Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (Orpheus), SV318
L'Arpeggiata; Christina Pluhar

BudapestFreiburg Baroque Orchestra

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Wassenaer, Pergolesi
Freiburger Barockorchester; Gottfried von der Goltz; Sunhae Im; Michael Nagy; Unknown
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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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INTERVIEW WITH ÁDÁM FISCHER

Tannhäuser, Tristan, Der Ring: Ádám Fischer talks Wagner

Ádám Fischer © Szilvia Csibi | Müpa Budapest
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.
A FASCINATING VENUE
Müpa outside at night © David Karlin

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.