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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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BudapestReitze Smits and the Budapest Saxophone Quartet

© Annelies van der Vegt
Handel, Bach, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Poulenc, Milhaud
Reitze Smits; Budapest Saxophone Quartet

BudapestMuhai Tang and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra

© Andrej Grilc
Dun, Grieg, Xia, Beethoven
Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra; Muhai Tang; Lilya Zilberstein

BudapestConcerto Russo with Lucas Debargue

Concerto Russo with Lucas Debargue
Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Scriabin
Concerto Budapest; András Keller; Lucas Debargue

BudapestPiotr Anderszewski and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

© Saint Venant
Mozart, Poulenc
Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Stephanie Gonley; Piotr Anderszewski
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All good fun: a flesh-and-blood Falstaff at Müpa Budapest

Nicola Alaimo (Falstaff) © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
The Iván Fischer Opera Company makes a triumphant foray into Verdi's oeuvre.
****1
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Excellent Les Indes galantes at Müpa

Véronique Gens, György Vashegyi and Thomas Dolié © Attila Nagy | Müpa Budapest
A delightful performance of Rameau's opera opens the Müpa's Early Music Festival.
****1
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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.
****1
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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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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.