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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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BudapestNight Circus

Sárik: Recirquel - Night Circus
Bence Vági; Recirquel; Judit Csanádi; Emese Kasza; Norbert Elek

BudapestDezső Ránki and the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra

© Csibi Szilvia | MUPA
Liszt, Wagner
Győr Philharmonic Orchestra; Kálmán Berkes; Dezsö Ránki

BudapestMendelssohn: Elijah

© Giancarlo Pradelli
Mendelssohn: Elijah
Orfeo Orchestra; György Vashegyi; Polina Pasztircsák; Dorottya Láng; Sebastian Kohlhepp; Jochen Kupfer

BudapestSir John Eliot Gardiner, the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir

© Sim Canetti Clarke
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Monteverdi Choir; Corinne Winters; Ann Hallenberg; Edgaras Montvidas

BudapestRóbert Farkas and the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

Beethoven, Brahms
Danubia Orchestra Óbuda; Róbert Farkas; Mohamed Hiber; Pallavi Mahidhara
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Handelian dream team: Jaroussky and Baráth delight in Budapest

Philippe Jaroussky and Emőke Baráth © Attila Nagy, Müpa Budapest
Philippe Jaroussky and Emőke Baráth's team-up with the Ensemble Artaserse proved nothing short of wonderful.
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Tannhäuser's long and tortuous journey of the spirit

Sophie Koch (Venus) and Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Stephen Gould is less than convincing in the lead role of Tannhäuser, but excellent ensemble work under Ádám Fischer's inspired direction offers compensations.
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The ultimate love story: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Budapest

Allison Oakes (Isolde) and Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
As part of the annual Wagner festival in the Hungarian capital, Peter Seiffert and Allison Oakes star as the doomed lovers.
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A powerful gale of sound in Budapest's Dutchman

Elisabet Strid (Senta) © Gábor Kotschy | Müpa Budapest
The battle of the choirs is a thrilling moment in just about any performance of Dutchman, but produces shock and awe in the live acoustics of Budapest's Bartok Bela Concert Hall.
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An homage to Wilhelmine von Bayreuth with Hasse's Artaserse

Natalya Boeva © Zsófia Pályi, Budapest Spring Festival
In a pasticcio of Hasse’s Artaserse and Ezio, director Balázs Kovalik and the students of the Theaterakademie August Everding stage the life of Wilhelmine von Bayreuth.
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Stars align for Müpa’s 2018-19 season in Budapest

Sir Simon Rattle © Oliver Helbig
Top international orchestras and singers grace the stage of Budapest’s leading concert hall. 

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.

Müpa Budapest

Müpa outside at night © David Karlin
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.