Opera - Hungarian State Opera House - Magyar Állami Operaház, Budapest
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
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.
The Opera House is beautiful both outside but especially inside. The lobby was magnificent with colourful high ceilings and arches. You can get tickets from 500HUF to 11,000HUF, which when converted is about 1.80euros to 40euros. We paid 1000HUF for our tickets to The Barber of Seville. The seats were high up and a little small but you can see and hear everything very well. Why attend an opera in Vienna when you can see one here for a lot less money? Stairs are the only way to the top as there is no elevator or at least I didn't see one. They have different operas and ballets everyday and night. For evening operas with a long intermission, opera patrons line the street outside and all stores and restaurants around the opera house open up.
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.
Before my trip to Budapest, I did some research about tickets for musical events. I noticed that, for the opera, the lowest ticket prices were HUF 700 (approximately USD $2.50 at the time). I have never been to an opera before -- so I decided to purchase a ticket for this very low price. During my 2-night stay in Budapest, I had a choice of 2 operas -- Verdi's Rigoletto (in Italian) on the first night, or Ferenc Erkel's Bánk bán (in Hungarian) on the second night. Since I was familiar with some of the music from Verdi's Rigoletto, I decided to purchase a ticket for that performance.
When purchasing a ticket from the Jegymester website (see link below), you are able to see a floor plan which shows the location of the available seats -- and the ticket prices. I chose a seat at the end of an aisle in the very last row on the right side. As it turned out, my view of the stage was partially obstructed -- but it was still a great experience to attend an opera performance in a great European opera hall.
There isn't a strict dress code, but most people dressed nicely for the occasion. Personally, I wore khaki pants and a button-down shirt -- and it was fine.
Even if you don't see a performance, you will still want to see the exterior of the magnificent opera house in the Neo-Renaissance style. Guided tours of the interior are also available.
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.
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.
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
The Hungarian State Opera House is a richly-decorated building and is considered one of the architect's masterpieces.
It was built in neo-Renaissance style, with elements of Baroque. On either side of the main entrance are niches with figures of two of Hungary's composers, Ferenc Erkel and Franz Liszt.
Liszt is the best known Hungarian composer and Erkel composed the Hungarian national anthem, and was the first music director of the Opera House and the founder of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. The Budapest Opera House is considered to be amongst the finest opera houses in the world.
Each year the season lasts from September to the end of June and, in addition to opera performances, the House is home to the Hungarian National Ballet and the Budapest Opera Ball, a society event dating back to 1886.
I had hoped to see the interior of the Opera House, but on asking about times of tours, I found there were only two, and that was at 3 & 4pm - This didn't suit.
Well, at least I could see the opulent foyer, with its marble columns, gilded vaulted ceiling, beautiful murals that depict the 9 Muses and the chandeliers.
As going to the opera was a great social occasion in the 19th century, a sweeping staircase was a must in an Opera House as this allowed ladies to show off their new gowns.
The mail hall is decorated with a bronze chandelier that weighs 3050 kg, I hope it never drops on anybody! It illuminates a magnificent fresco of the Greek gods on Olympus.
I didn't see the Royal Box because you need to be on a tour. It's located centrally in the three-storey circle and decorated with sculptures symbolizing the four operatic voices - soprano, alto, tenor and bass.
TOURS ARE DAILY at 3 pm and at 4 pm .
If rehearsal is on, then most probably there will be no tour.
Tickets can be bought at the Opera Shop on the right hand side of the building.
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.
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.
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.
The Hungarian Opera House can be found on Andrassy ut, one of Budapest's main streets. The Opera House was finally done being built in 1884. It's not an extremely large building, but it is very beautiful. It is widely thought to be one of the best opera houses in all of Europe and the world. Here you can see either an opera or ballet performance. Although the best program is to buy tickets to a performance and see the interior, you can also just take a guided tour. The whole inside of the building is very beautiful and elegant especially the main staircase, foyer, and chandelier. If you don't have a lot of time, then take a guided tour, but the best way to experience the Hungarian Opera House is to see a performance. :)
This is something I haven't, as yet, done personally (and I don't think it was available during my 2005 visit) but it certainly looks like an interesting "rainy day" thing to do.
The Budapest Opera House is the home of the Hungarian State Opera Company and is reckoned to be one of the World's "most beautiful opera house" (well according to the website anyway). Only having seen it from the outside and taking a peek into the foyer it certainly looks suitably grand.
Guided tours, in several languages, are offered daily, at 3 and 4 pm (subject to concert and rehearsal schedules) and take about 45 minutes. These are designed for individual visits and group tours can be arranged either separately or in conjunction with these.
The adult price at the time of writing (Jan 2011) is 2,900 HUF with a 20% discount for holders of the Budapest Card. During the summer they also offer a mini-concert (a couple of solo arias) at the end of the tour for an extra 500 Forints. In addition if you want to take photos during the tour you have to buy a permit (in the form of an armband) which will cost another 500 HUF.
However if opera is your thing then why not just attend a concert? Prices for most performances start from a mere 500 HUF with mid-price tickets between 1,000 and 4,000. Tickets can be booked through the www.jegymester.hu site (2nd link below).