Tailor-made Holidays for lovers of Opera, Operetta and Classical Music
Opera and Operetta Breaks in Budapest
Opera, Operetta, Ballet and Concerts
Hungarian State Opera
Hungarian State Opera House
One of the most imposing Opera Houses of its day, the Budapest Opera House opened in 1884. Its neo-Classical and neo-Renaissance design is the work of the greatest Hungarian architect of the 19th century, Miklos Ybl. The building was funded by the city of Budapest and Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary. Empress Elisabeth ("Sissi") was a frequent visitor to the Hungarian Opera. The grandiose lobby, elegant staircase and traditional horseshoe shaped auditorium are important tourist sites in themselves.
The auditorium holds 1261 seats and is said to have the 3rd best acoustics in Europe after La Scala in Milan and the Paris Opera House. Guest conductors have included Gustav Mahler and Otto Klemperer.
In front of the building there are two statues. One is of Ferenc Erkel, composer of the Hungarian national anthem, and the first musical director of the Opera House. He was also founder of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. The other statue is of Franz Liszt, perhaps one of the best known Hungarian composers.
The Opera House is also the home of the Hungarian National Ballet.
Hungarian State Opera House Repertoire
The Opera season in Budapest runs from September
to the end of June, and includes Operas, Ballet and various Concerts and Galas.
Please contact us for full details of the current programme.
Budapest Operetta Theatre
Budapest Operetta Theatre
There has been a dedicated Operetta House in Budapest since 1923. The present building was built to a design by the famous Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer in 1894. The giant stage of the auditorium faced two levels of intimate boxes arranged in a semi-circle, and a dance floor provided a sufficiently large space for the waltz, polka, mazurka and the galop. The splendid winter garden housed an excellent French restaurant and a concert coffee-house opened on the long street front. Alterations were made to the building in 1966, considerably changing the interior architecture and spaces.
Full reconstruction was carried out between 1999 and 2001. The most advanced European stage machinery was installed, the beautiful original ornamentation was restored and the earlier row of boxes in the circle were also rebuilt. Today the theatre has 917 seats and the auditorium is air-conditioned. The hundred year old chandelier sparkles above the auditorium.
Today the repertoire is a mix of Operetta, Musicals and Operetta Galas. Many performances have surtitles in English. The season runs from September to July.
Please contact us for details of the the latest programme.
Concerts in Budapest
The following orchestras and ensembles perform regularly in Budapest. Just contact us with your preferred dates and we will let you know what is available during that period.
- Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
- Danube Symphony Orchestra
- Budapest Lehar Orchestra
- Umze Ensemble
- Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
- Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra (100 members)
- Danube Folk Ensemble
To see some of the wonderful locations that can be visited on our holidays, please view our musical slideshow.