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Guide to Müpa Budapest

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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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BudapestAdés / Rachmaninov / Beethoven / Bogányi / Engegård

Adès, Rachmaninov, Beethoven
Concerto Budapest; Arvid Engegård; Gergely Boganyi

BudapestLehár: The Land of Smiles

© Karsay Katalin
Lehár: Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles)
Zhong Xu; Csaba Káel; Ballet Pécs; Éva Szendrényi; Jianhua Pan; Karine Babajanyan; Jenny Hou

BudapestGürzenich Orchestra Cologne

Mendelssohn, Mahler
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Isabelle Faust

BudapestCanadian Brass Ensemble

Mozart, Bach, Traditional Argentinian, Peru, Venezuela, Traditional, Schumann, Traditional American, Bizet
Canadian Brass
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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.
****1
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