Opera - Hungarian State Opera House - Magyar Állami Operaház, Budapest

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1061 Budapest, Andrássy út 20. +36 (1) 332-7914, 311-9017

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    Opera House

    by draguza Written Oct 24, 2005

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    The Hungarian State Opera House was built in 1864. It is the heart of Hungarian Music. t was designed and built in Renaissance style according to the plans of Miklós Ybl. . Underneath the risalit is a drive-in entrance for cars and carriages. The statues of Ferenc Liszt and Ferenc Erkel, outstanding contributors to Hungary's musical life, can be seen on either side of the risalit. Both statues are the work of Alajos Stróbl. Between the Corinthian columns are statues of the Muses. Beyond the main entrance is the vestibule, decorated with allegorical frescoes from Bertalan Székely, and at the entrance to the foyer are landscapes from Árpád Feszty. The ceiling of the horseshoe-shaped three storey auditorium is decorated with the paintings of Károly Lotz. The Opera House was reopened after reconstruction in 1984, the year of its centenary.

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    by Gili_S Written Aug 24, 2005

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    This is the Opera house. Yes, it is built during the empire years, not as big one as Vienna but still big and beautiful enough. I can’t remember precisely, but it was special designed and one of its kinds.

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    Magyar Allami Operahaz

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    Magyar Allami Operahaz

    Along the fantastic Andrassy you can find on your right the nice Opera Theatre. It has got a Italian neo-reinassance facade, buit by Ybl in 1875-1884 with many statues on the facade. The balcony on the façade has baluster railings, with an arcaded driveway underneath. In the niches on both sides of the driveway stand the statues of Ferenc Liszt , made by Strobl, and Ferenc Erkel, creator of Hungarian national opera and the first director of the Opera House. The statues on the corner projections, between the Corinthian half columns, represent Terpsichore, Erato, Thalia and Melpomene, the Muses of dance love-poetry, comedy and tragedy. Now in the theatre seating 2,500 spectators, was rebuilt as a modern opera house and concert hall in the course of reconstruction work after the war
    It is a great experience to see an opera or to listen a concert in this theatre.

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    Opera House--A Must See in Budapest

    by kadybay Updated Jun 5, 2005

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    Opera House Exterior

    Even if you just step inside the lobby, the Opera House is an amazing sight. In the foyer alone there are marble pillars, a black-and-white inlaid tile floor and a gorgeous gold and fresco ceiling.
    But definitely don't stop at the lobby because the shows here are amazing and affordable. You can see a show for as little as $2 USD. I've been twice now and both times had great seats for $4 USD. The shows are phenomenal. You definitely won't regret these 2 hours of your trip.
    It's worth mentioning that there is not much leg room in the cheaper seats (upper balcony). Not a problem for me, but could be if you're tall. I'm not sure if the more expensive seats on the floor have more legroom or not. The most expensive seat in the house is around $50 USD, still a bargain compared to some world opera houses.
    Have a great time!

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    Opera House

    by SmileyLeSa Updated Mar 14, 2005

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    The Budapes Opera House, a Renaissance style building in Budapest, seats about 1600 people. The prices to see a show here are very inexpensive. For $2 you can purchase seats the center seats in the balcony.

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    the Opera House

    by call_me_rhia Written Feb 26, 2005

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    detail of the roof

    Budapest's OPera House is located on Andrássy út - a wide boulevard lined with beautiful buildings. And yet, among all this beauty - the opera house still manages to stand out.

    It's a neo-Renaissance building located in al ittle square- Parts of it were designed by one of the best Hungarian architects of the 19th century (Miklós Ybl) and decorated by artists likeb Bertalan Székely, Mór Thán and Károly Lotz. The most impressive decoarations - in my opinion only - are the little statues placed on the roof.

    And did you know that Gustav Mahler had been a Director here? or that Puccini directed the premiere of two of his operas here? it seems that the Budapest Opera is one of the best reknown in Europe.

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    Pest - The Opera House

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 9, 2004

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    The Opera House

    The Budapest Opera House designed by M. Ybl was opened in 1884. The state-of-the-art standards of the building illustrated by the hydraulic stage machinery installed here for the first time in the world. The imaginatively arranged interior space of the eclectic building present a marvelous view.

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    by grkboiler Written Nov 9, 2004
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    The Opera House is one of the finest in the world. It was built in 1884 and was designed by famous Hungarian architect Miklos Ybl. Check out the foyer and staircase while you are there to see some amazing decorations.

    Attending a performance here would be an experience nobody would forget. Check the website for more details, or visit the box office during your trip.

    Guided tours are available daily. Admission is charged. Photography is prohibited.

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    Hungarian Opera House

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    You can take a tour inside of this building...unfortunatley our budget couldnt stretch to it, but I heard from various people that its amazing inside.

    The outside of the building is beautiful....the building began in 1875 and is Italian Renaissance in style.

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    Opera House - jewel box on the Andrassy Avenue

    by MedioLatino Written Oct 25, 2004

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    The State Opera House

    The Opera House was designed and built in Renaissance style according to the plans of Miklós Ybl. It was Ferenc Erkel who conducted the inaugural concert in 1884.

    The statues of Ferenc Liszt and Ferenc Erkel, outstanding contributors to Hungary's musical life, can be seen on either side of the risalit. Both statues are the work of Alajos Stróbl.

    Inside decorations (allegorical frescoes) are made by famous hungarian artist Bertalan Szekely, and at the entrance to the foyer are landscapes from Arpad Feszty (who also made the famous Feszty "round-picture" about the incoming of Hungarians to the Carpathian Bassin).

    The ceiling of the horseshoe-shaped three storey auditorium is decorated with the paintings of Károly Lotz. The Opera House was reopened after reconstruction in 1984, the year of its centenary.

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    Our first evening!

    by belgianchocolate Updated Oct 11, 2004

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    What would you do the first evening?
    We went to the opera. Instead of paying
    a ticket for a guided tour we went for the real
    thing. A performance. I heard that the Opera
    house was very beautiful.

    It is in Italian renaissance style.
    On one side of the entrance you can find a
    statue of Liszt and the other Ferenc Erkel
    who was the first director of the opera.
    All the other figures in the facade are muzes.
    Muses of the dance , poetry comedy...
    The 16 figures on top are important composers.

    The interior is overpowering.
    1300 persons can have a seat in this building.
    In 1983 , when the building turned 100 it was
    completely renovated.

    I really think you need to see it from the inside.
    The picture is the gigantic chandelier surrounded
    by a painting with apollo and Olympus.
    I'll add a nightlife tip on how to book.

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    a bit of cultural experience

    by ivanab Written Sep 7, 2004

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    Of course, this was an absolut must see for me, as a ballet dancer. But, neverthless it is really a beautiful building and definitely worth seeing. If you don't have the oportunity to go and watch some preformances, take an organized tour to see it from the inside. It is really magnificant. I had that luck to actually go and see two big ballet Gala's- one from european nordic countries and one from Miami. During summer there are lots of cultural summer festivals and if you have the possibility go and see something.

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    Hungarian State Opera House

    by Skibbe Updated Aug 11, 2004
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    Completed in 1884 after nine years of construction. One of the most beautiful opera houses in the world but unfortunately they don't allow photos inside (go to the website below). There was no performance when I was there but they said the most expensive box in the house is $70 and the average seat is $25.

    You have to see it on a tour. Those run on the hour in the late afternoon.

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    The Opera House

    by pili Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    The Opera House

    The impressive Hungarian State Opera House also stands on Andrassy Utca. This building is one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, built in 1884.
    It´s smaller than the Staatsoper in Vienna, but, in my opinion, more beatiful.

    El impresionante edificio de la Opera Húngara, también se encuentra en la Avenida Andrassy. Este edificio de opera es uno de los más bellos del mundo y fue construído en 1884. Es más pequeño que la Opera de Viena, pero en mi opinión, es más bello

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    Get Inside the Opera House

    by dcwizard Written Mar 10, 2004

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    Box Seats at the Opera House

    Even if your stay in Budapest is short, a visit to the beautiful Opera House is a must. Do your best to catch a performance, any performance, during your stay. The exterior is impressive although difficult to appreciate because of the difficulty in getting a good view. But it is the interior, and especially the performance hall itself that is most impressive. If you cannot catch one of the wonderful opera, ballet, or other performances during your stay, make sure to take the informative tour. The Opera House, built in 1884 in Renaissance style and designed by Miklos Ybl, has an interesting history, and is supposedly has the second most perfect acoustics of all Operas, to the one in Milan. Gustav Mahler, my favorite composer (!), was director of the Budapest Opera for a time. The performance ticket office is through the main entrance and to your left. Use the outer entrance to the right for tours, which take place at 3PM and 4PM daily.

    A tip about seating at the Opera House: if you select box seats for a performance, make sure they are in the first row in the box. Unlike other opera houses, the second and third rows of seating in each box are not elevated, so your view will be obstructed by those in front of you. If you cannot get a front row of a box, you are better off anywhere in the orchestra section on the floor.

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