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Address1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell utca 1
Budapest
Central Hungary
Hungary
Capacity1656
ContainsBanner Square
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall
Festival Square, Foyer
Festival Theatre
Glass Hall
Google maps47° 28' 10.664" N 19° 4' 15.978" E
Béla Bartók National Concert Hall © János Posztós | Müpa, Budapest

From Mahler to Lieder: 19-20 season at Müpa, Budapest

Opening with Mahler's epic Third Symphony – a test of any concert call – Müpa's new season brings great music and great musicians to Budapest. 
Das Rheingold, with giant heads of Fasolt and Fafner © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest

Why you should see your first Ring in Budapest

A rollicking good story woven into music by a composer without peers, the ultimate operatic expression of the High Romantic aesthetic, and an opera that actually feels short at five hours.
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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.

"Will I ever hear Siegfried better sung? Perhaps not. Once more, the orchestra demonstrated their ability to paint musical colour in this hall: Siegfried’s horn call, executed on stage, proved to be a textbook demonstration of how to shift colours on a single brass instrument to vivid effect." -- David Karlin, reviewing Siegfried at Müpa.

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BudapestIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Zubin Mehta; Mihoko Fujimura; Hungarian Radio Choir; Zoltán Pad; Hungarian Radio Children's Choir

BudapestLemoyne: Phèdre

Lemoyne: Phèdre
Lemoyne: Phèdre
György Vashegyi; Judith van Wanroij; Tassis Christoyannis; Julien Behr; Mélody Louledjian

BudapestRecirquel: My Land

Various: My Land
Bence Vági; Recirquel

BudapestRecirquel: Non Solus

Sárik: Non Solus
Bence Vági; Recirquel
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A thunderous end to the 2019 Budapest Ring

Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) and dancer © Bálint Hirling, Müpa Budapest
A Ring cycle of sustained excellence closes with telling contributions from Foster, Vinke and Pesendorfer in the three lead roles.
*****
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Konieczny's Wanderer outstanding in Siegfried in Budapest

Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Gábor Kotschy, Müpa Budapest
Müpa's Ring sees all-round musical excellence for a third night in row, which will be remembered more than the various distracting miscues in the staging.
****1
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Reuter and Schöck turn up the heat in Die Walküre in Budapest

Johan Reuter (Wotan), Catherine Foster (Brünnhilde) © Szilvia Csibi, Müpa Budapest
Six excellent singers bring out the best in Wagner's dramatic narrative, marred only by a Ride of the Valkyries that fails to convince.
****1
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A near-flawless cast in Das Rheingold in Budapest

Christian Franz (Loge) © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
Hartmut Schörghofer's updated concert staging receives strong singing from everyone and a thrilling orchestral performance.
*****
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