Opera - Hungarian State Opera House - Magyar Állami Operaház, Budapest
Although I am not a big fan of guided tours, the tour at the Budapest Opera House was worth every penny I have paid. A lot of interesting information was offered by a rather joking and pleasant guide. There are guides in about 5-6 languages that were starting at 16.00 and 17.00 at the time of my visit.
The price of the ticket was around 10 Euro if I remember well, and there is also a photo tax of 2 Euro. However if you are still young, try getting a student ticket because nobody will ask you for your student card. In that way I have saved 50% of the ticket price.
Once known as the Budapest Royal Opera House, the city’s ornate concert hall is considered one of the most magnificent in the world and is home to first-rate performances of the world’s greatest operas.
Budapest's beautiful State Opera House was commissioned for the commemoration of the Hungarian millennial in 1896. Miklos Ybl, Hungary's most important architect at the time wanted the new opera house to rival those in Paris and Dresden.
The grand building took nearly a decade to complete, with construction beginning in 1875 and finishing in 1884. Budapest residents view it as one of the most important historical buildings in the city.
Neo-Renaissance in style, the opera house also boasts a number of Baroque elements. On the exterior, visitors will find sixteen statues of the great composers of the world, including Beethoven, Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, and Monteverdi. Of particular interest to the Hungarian people are the statues of their country’s most popular composers – Franz Liszt, a prolific composer/pianist of the 19th century, and Ferenc Erkel, composer of the Hungarian national anthem and first director of the opera.
The inside of the Hungarian State Opera House is stunning as well. Frescoes and sculptures by some of Hungary’s foremost artists, including Karoly Lotz, Bertalan Székely, and Mór Than, grace the interior.
More than seven kilograms of gold were used to decorate the inside of the immense auditorium, which seats about 1200 patrons.
The State Opera House is just as wonderful today as it was in years gone by. An impressive program of opera performances and other special events (including The Nutcracker at Christmastime) are offered to guests and tickets go quickly, especially for the most well-known operas. Plan accordingly so you can hear a performance while visiting Budapest. Tours of the opera house are also available from a number of tour companies in the city.
The Hungarian State Opera House, located in the chicest part of town, along with the Louis Vuitton store and the Chanel boutique. It is actually really easy to get to – just take M1 to Opera stop and you’re there! Actually, it’s a lot nicer if you get off at Oktogon and walk down Andrássy út to the Opera. It is a beautiful neo-Renaissance building that was constructed in the 1870s and 1880s and opened, as the Hungarian Royal Opera, in 1884. The building is actually quite small, compared to the sizes of opera houses in many other cities, but its acoustics have been recognized as among the best in the world by engineers, despite the fact that many more opera houses have been built since, including those whose architects had access to state of the art materials and know-how. The building’s neo-Renaissance architecture – with a hint of Baroque – is accords beautifully with its purpose of being a palace of arts and culture. Out front you’ll see two statues of famous Ferenc’s who played important roles in Hungarian music: Erkel, who composed the national anthem; and Liszt, the great Hungarian composer. I don’t know if you can enter the Opera House just to examine its interior, but if not, there one surefire way of being guaranteed admission to the building: buy tickets to the opera.
The Hungarian Opera was definitely better than the Prague one. The stage/sets/building etc are much more impressive. I would highly recommend it - its easy to get to on the Pest side via metro - there's a nice Kavehaz across the street. We booked tickets on the day of the show - we went to the ticket window at the Opera House a few hours in advance and bought tickets for the upper balcony (see enclosed photos taken from the Upper Balcony to get a sense of the seating and the view). These are generally available even if they say that the show is "sold out". They will tell you that the view is obstructed, but it isn't bad for the price. There were many seats available at that level and you can move to a better vantage point just before the show starts. Dress formally if possible.
The Hungarian State Opera House, built between 1875 and 1884, is considered one of the world's finest examples of Neorenaissance architecture designed by Miklós Ybl.
It was opened on 27th September 1884 in prescence of Kaiser Franz Joseph with the first act of the hungarian opera Bánk Bán, the overture of Hunyadi László and the first act of Lohengrin.
It is worth taking a look at the wall paintings because they were all made by the best painters of Hungarian historicism and they are all about music. The wonderful main staircase puts a spell on every visitor at first sight.
On the main facade of the building in two closets the sculptures of Ferenc Liszt and Ferenc Erkel can be found.
On the second floor terrace of the main facade the 8 feet tall sculptures depicted the mostly respected composers of the period : Guido D'Arezzo, Pergolesi, Orlando di Lasso, Palestrina, Jacopo Peri, Weber, Rossini, Lully, Gluck, Meyerbeer, Mozart, Cherubini, Beethoven, Haydn, Wagner.
According to a ranking by New York Times it is 9th on World's Top 10 Concert Halls preceding the Carnegie Hall - New York City.
Guided tours in Hungarian, English, Spanish, German, Italian and French at 3 pm and at 4 pm every day.
Entrance fee 2200,- HUF
A large expanse in Heroes square for the overall grounds are good viewing. The column is 36 meters high. On the left is the Museum of Fine Arts that was built in 1906. It has 120,000 pieces of art/paintings, and a lot is of Spanish art. On the right side the the Art GAllery of Budapest, the largest. Is is a bulding from 1895 and features temporary displays of art work.
Completed in 1884 this is considered the most imprtant historical buildings in Budapest. Statues of 16 world famous composers including Beethoven and Mozart decorate the facade.
We stayed just behind the Opera House and were treated to the music of practising opera singers as we passed to and from the area.
Box office is open between 1:30 and 6PM
The opera house (Magyar Allami Operahaz in Hungarian) is a beautiful neo Renaissance building in Andrassy street.
The opera house was built between 1875 and 1884 and if you want you can see the inside of the building with a guided tour.
This beautiful building keeps more inside. The great acoustic gives you the right feeling during a performance. To watch a performance is the best way to enjoy the opera, but for tourists who can't catch a performance, there are guided tours during the day.
The Hungarian State Opera is considered one of the most beautiful Opera Houses of the World.
I suggest you to see this clip to see how breathtakings the internals (most of those of all the main hall) are:
This Lyric theatre was built between 1875 and 1884 and it`s considered the best work of Miklós Ybl one of the most famous hungarian architects ever. The style is Ybl`s favourite, neorenassaince, but, just like in the case of the Parliament, also here the internals reflect a strong baroque influence. The Opera originally was projected to have 4 floors, but the budget was not enough for the 4th floor. This is why the plans were modified, and Ybl renounced of the 4th floor in order to mantain the oppulence of the theatre.
When we were in Budapest there were no concerts, which was a real shame because we like opera and the tickets are very cheap.
But we did get to visit the building, which was nice also. The tour tickets can be bought in the museum shop. There are guided tours every day at 3pm and at 4pm, which is not really enough to my opinion. It's a real chaos before the tour starts because a huge amount of people have to be divided into groups, and during the tour the different tours still bump into eachother.
BUT: It is an amazing building, the guides give a lot of information and can answer almost any question, and with a photo permit you can take as many pictures as you want.
The tour takes about 45 minutes and costs 2500 forint/person (+500 forint if you want to take pistures)
If you like opera or ballet, it's definitely worth to spend a night at the Budapest Opera House (opened in 1884 and renovated in 1984). It's also possible to see the building on a guided tour (at 3 and 4 p.m. every day). Tickets cost 2500 HUF for adults and 1300 HUF for students (with International Student Card).
If you come to Budapest with children, it's a great idea to watch the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Hofeherke es a het torpe) fairy tale ballet in the Erkel Theatre (the theatre belongs to the Opera House Company, and although the building is not as pretty as the Opera, the ballet is absolutely lovely).
To buy tickets online in advance, go to http://www.jegymester.hu (also available in English). I always buy my tickets here and never had any trouble - you pay by card and pick up your tickets at the theatre before the performance.
the opening concert in this Neo-Renaissance building was in 1884. The building took 9 years to construct and the auditorium and the staircase was designed by Miklos Ybl. The first conductor was Fernec Erkel and Gustav Mahler also held that position for some years. Puccini directed the premiere of two of his operas here.
I found the Opera House very beautiful but the performance (opera Puccini 'La Boheme') however was not that great. I was not impressed with singers, not powerful orchestra also.
The price was high too: paid 8700HUF (~$40.6) for a ticket and still sat pretty far. The stage was too small and air conditioner did not seem to be working properly cause it was very hot there. After each act people were rushing to the terrace to refresh.
We took a tour of this Opera House and it was most informative. There are several Guides, each speaking a particular language, our guide spoke very good English and we had no trouble understanding her. Having a guide explain the history of the building, about Sissi's patronage of this Opera House added an extra dimension to this magnificient building. Well worth taking the hour tour.Cost was F2,400.