Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)
Gustave Mahler was director at the opera house between 1887-1891 and its reputation as one the world’s leading cultural houses was cemented. After decades of riding high on the international stage, the proud opera house fell into disrepair under the Communist regime in the 1970s. It was subject to a lengthy restoration and re-opened for business exactly 100 years later on September 27, 1984.
It’s now home to the Hungarian National Opera and National Ballet companies as well as the Budapest Philharmonic and concerts and performances are held most days from September right through to the end of June. The repertoire includes Wagner, Strauss, Mozart, Bizet and Verdi, and there are regular ballet performance and master classes taken by contemporary Hungarian stars. The opera house’s auditorium has 1,261 seats and is considered to have some of the finest acoustics in the world.
Tours & Tickets
Visit three of Europe’s must-see capitals on this 6-night independent rail experience from Prague to Vienna and Budapest. Starting with two nights in Prague, ... Read more
Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 6 nights
Explore the beautiful and historical city of Budapest, much of which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a hop-on hop-off tour! Sightsee at your own ... Read more
Duration: Ticket valid for 24 hours
Make the most of your stay in the enchanting city of Budapest, the Pearl of the Danube, with this combination sightseeing package. Enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour ... Read more
See the best of Budapest with a knowledgeable guide on this 4-hour city tour. Begin at the centrally located Heroes’ Square (Hosök tere) and see the ... Read more
- Tour only: 4 hours
- Tour with cruise: 5 hours