Budapest Opera House

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Budapest Opera 2015

As well as the opulent State Opera House of Budapest top quality opera and ballet can be found at three other venues. Close to the State Opera House is the Operetta Theatre, there is also the Erkel Theatre, this recently re-furbished theatre may lack the opulence of the State Opera House but it is one of the two venues used by the National Opera & Ballet and great performances can be seen there. The Palace of the Arts, also known as MUPA sounds as though like a communist inspired institution but its creation dates from after Hungary’s communist period. Each June, it presents Wagner with top international singers. In June 2015 it will present the Ring Cycle and three performances of The Flying Dutchman. The performances will be conducted by Ádám Fischer and among the cast of outstanding singers there are three veterans of the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth – Egilis Silins who takes the role of Wotan, Christian Franz as Siegfried and Petra Lang as Brünnhilde.

The magnificent State Opera House dates from 1884 and was built as a rival to the opera houses of Paris and Vienna. Its previous musical directors have included Gustav Mahler and Otto Klemperer. The programme for the new season in Budapest contains a rich variety of works including the standard repertoire, and also Hungarian works which are not heard very often outside Hungary such as Bánk Bán and Hunyadi László. These works are by Hungary’s famous nationalist composer of the nineteenth century Ferenc Erkel; the composer whose name was given to the Erkel Theatre at which some performances will be given in the 2012-2013 season.

Operas Abroad is pleased to offer the following packages including:

  • Private transfers. Airport/Hotel/Airport;
  • Three hotel nights with breakfast (K+K Hotel Opera 4 star);
  • A three hour guided tour of Budapest;
  • An hour long mini-cruise on the River Danube with a glass of wine;
  • Dinner at the stylish Chagall Restaurant (three courses and one drink (it is near the opera house);
  • A best category ticket to the opera or ballet of your choice;
  • Tourist Tax.

Package Price

Package price for all the above £445

Single room supplement for all three nights £75

One extra night £65 per person in a shared room and £110 in a single room

Flights are not included in the package but we will be pleased to arrange them if required

Our tours are tailor-made, we can arrange longer stays, shorter stays, extra opera/ballet tickets, etc.

Optional extras: see below

Optional Extras

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Dine at the Gundel Restaurant

The most famous restaurant in Budapest, it has been patronised by the rich, the famous and royals since it was opened by the Gundel dynasty in 1904. It is located on the Pest side of the city, close to Heroes Square and the Budapest Zoo.

Lunch: 3 courses and 1 drink – £45 per person

Dinner: 4 courses and 2 drinks – £70 per person

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A Visit to the Gallert Baths

The baths were built in 1918 and they still preserve the original wonderful sculptures, ceramics, mosaics and tinted glass decorations. It has outdoor and indoor swimming pools, whirlpool, steam bath, jacuzzi, sauna, massage, sun-bathing terrace and therapeutical services.

Price: £25 (use of dressing room but not towels)

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Opera House Guided Tour

The tours take about 40 minutes and you will learn about the history of the opera house and see all its lavish decoration and paintings of this opera house which was built to rival the greatest theatres of Europe. Tours in English are at 3pm and 4pm.

Price: £15 per person

We will be pleased to arrange extra or fewer nights, extra tickets, more sight-seeing or less sight-seeing, etc.

Prices are subject to availability and variation at the time of booking.

We will be pleased to book flights if required.

K+K HOTEL OPERA ****

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The hotel has an excellent location for sight-seeing and a perfect one for access to the State Opera House. The photograph shows the hotel on the left and the building on the right is the opera house, you could hardly be closer. The hotel is known for its comfort and for the warmth of its welcome. The services and facilities include: a fine restaurant, a bar, a spa and fitness centre, room service, free WiFi, concierge and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

(We can offer many other hotels; there is, for instance, the luxurious Hilton Danubius with wonderful views of the River Danube and the Parliament building or the elegant three star Hotel Erzsebet which has a good central location).

Budapest Opera and Ballet Programme 2014 -2015

State Opera House Programme

Please see below for the Erkel Theatre, Operetta Theatre and Palace of the Arts Programmes.

Fri 20 Mar 2015 ARIADNE AUF NAXOS-R. Strauss
Fri 20 Mar 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart
Sat 21 Mar 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
Sun 22 Mar 2015 ARIADNE AUF NAXOS-R. Strauss
Sun 22 Mar 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart
Tue 24 Mar 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
Tue 24 Mar 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart
Thu 26 Mar 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
Thu 26 Mar 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart
Fri 27 Mar 2015 ARIADNE AUF NAXOS-R. Strauss
Sat 28 Mar 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
Sun 29 Mar 2015 ARIADNE AUF NAXOS-R. Strauss
Fri 3 Apr 2015 PARSIFAL-Wagner
Mon 6 Apr 2015 PARSIFAL-Wagner
Fri 10 Apr 2015 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO-Mozart
Sat 11 Apr 2015 LEÁNDER ÉS LENSZIROM-Tallér
Sat 11 Apr 2015 LEÁNDER ÉS LENSZIROM-Tallér
Sun 12 Apr 2015 LEÁNDER ÉS LENSZIROM-Tallér
Sun 12 Apr 2015 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO-Mozart
Fri 17 Apr 2015 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO-Mozart
Sat 18 Apr 2015 LEÁNDER ÉS LENSZIROM-Tallér
Sat 18 Apr 2015 LEÁNDER ÉS LENSZIROM-Tallér
Sat 18 Apr 2015 JENUFA-Janacek
Sun 19 Apr 2015 LEÁNDER ÉS LENSZIROM-Tallér
Sun 19 Apr 2015 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO-Mozart
Tue 21 Apr 2015 JENUFA-Janacek
Wed 22 Apr 2015 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO-Mozart
Thu 23 Apr 2015 JENUFA-Janacek
Sat 25 Apr 2015 Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Sun 26 Apr 2015 JENUFA-Janacek
Sun 26 Apr 2015 Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Wed 29 Apr 2015 Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Thu 30 Apr 2015 Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Sat 2 May 2015 Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Sun 3 May 2015 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO-Mozart
Sun 3 May 2015 Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Wed 6 May 2015 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO-Mozart
Thu 7 May 2015 Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Fri 8 May 2015 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO-Mozart
Sat 9 May 2015 Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Sun 10 May 2015 THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO-Mozart
Sun 10 May 2015 Ballet. SWAN LAKE
Sat 16 May 2015 THE RAKE’S PROGRESS-Stravinsky
Sun 17 May 2015 DIE ENTFUHRÜNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Wed 20 May 2015 THE RAKE’S PROGRESS-Stravinsky
Thu 28 May 2015 MEFISTOFELE-Boito
Sat 30 May 2015 MEFISTOFELE-Boito
Fri 12 Jun 2015 FARNACE-Vivaldi
Sun 14 Jun 2015 FARNACE-Vivaldi
Thu 18 Jun 2015 FARNACE-Vivaldi
Sat 20 Jun 2015 FARNACE-Vivaldi

Erkel Theatre Programme

Tue 17 Mar 2015 THE BARBER OF SEVILLE-Rossini
Thu 19 Mar 2015 THE BARBER OF SEVILLE-Rossini
Sat 21 Mar 2015 THE BARBER OF SEVILLE-Rossini
Wed 25 Mar 2015 THE BARBER OF SEVILLE-Rossini
Sat 4 Apr 2015 AIDA-Verdi
Wed 8 Apr 2015 AIDA-Verdi
Fri 10 Apr 2015 AIDA-Verdi
Sun 12 Apr 2015 AIDA-Verdi
Tue 14 Apr 2015 AIDA-Verdi
Wed 15 Apr 2015 AIDA-Verdi
Sun 19 Apr 2015 AIDA-Verdi
Sun 3 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Tue 5 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Tue 5 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Wed 6 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Wed 6 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Thu 7 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Thu 7 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Fri 8 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Fri 8 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Sat 9 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Tue 12 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Tue 12 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Wed 13 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Thu 14 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Fri 15 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Sat 16 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Sun 17 May 2015 DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL-Mozart
Sat 23 May 2015 Ballet. SYLVIA
Mon 25 May 2015 Ballet. SYLVIA
Wed 27 May 2015 Ballet. SYLVIA
Wed 27 May 2014 DIE FREISCHÜTZ-Weber
Thu 28 May 2015 Ballet. SYLVIA
Fri 29 May 2015 DIE FREISCHÜTZ-Weber
Sat 30 May 2015 Ballet. SYLVIA
Sun 31 May 2015 Ballet. SYLVIA
Fri 19 Jun 2015 Ballet. THE KARAMAZOVS
Sun 21 Jun 2015 Ballet. THE KARAMAZOVS
Wed 24 Jun 2015 Ballet. THE KARAMAZOVS
Thu 25 Jun 2015 Ballet. THE KARAMAZOVS
Fri 26 Jun 2015 Ballet. THE KARAMAZOVS
Sat 27 Jun 2015 Ballet. THE KARAMAZOVS
Sun 28 Jun 2015 Ballet. THE KARAMAZOVS

Palace of the Arts: The Ring Cycle and the Flying Dutchman

Thu 11 Jun 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-WagnerArtistic director and conductor: Ádám Fischer Performers: Egils Silins-Wotan, Markus Eiche Donner, Ladislav Elgr-Froh, Christian Franz-Loge, Jürgen Sacher-Mime,Tünde Szabóki-Freia, Birgit Remmert-Fricka, Bernadett Fodor-Erda, Martin Winkler-Alberich, Walter Fink-Fafner, N.N-Fasolt, Polina Pasztircsák-Woglinde,Gabriella Fodor-Wellgunde, Zsófia Kálnay-Flosshilde
Fri 12 Jun 2015 DIE WALKÜRE-WagnerArtistic director and conductor: Ádám Fischer Performers: Stefan Vinke-Sigmund, Walter Fink-Hunding, Egils Silins-Wotan, Michaela Kaune-Sieglinde, Irene Theorin-Brünhilde, Birgit Remmert-Fricka, Gertrúd Wittinger-Helmwige, Eszter Wierdl-Gerhilde,Beatrix Fodor-Ortlinde, Gabriella FodorWaltraute, Éva Várhelyi-Siegrune,Zsófia Kálnay- Rossweise, Kornélia Bakos-Grimgerde, Annamária Kovács-Schwertleite
Sat 13 Jun 2015 SIEGFRIED-WagnerArtistic director and conductor: Ádám Fischer Performers: Christian Franz-Siegfried, Jürgen Sacher-Mime, Egils Silins -Wotan, Martin Winkler-Alberich, Fink Walter-Fafner, Bernadett Fodor-Erda, Petra Lang-Brünhilde, Emőke Baráthforest bird
Sun 14 Jun 2015 GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG-WagnerArtistic director and conductor: Ádám Fischer Performers: Stefan Vinke-Siegfried, Irene Theorin-Brünhilde,Waltraud Meier-Waltraute, Markus Eiche-Gunther, Reinhard Hagen-Hagen, Hartmut Welker-Alberich, Polina Pasztircsák-Gutrune, Erika Gál-1st. Norn, Judit Németh-2nd. Norn, Eszter Wierdl-3rd. Norn, Polina Pasztircsák-Woglinde, Gabriella Fodor-Wellgunde, Zsófia Kálnay-Flosshilde
Sat 20 Jun 2015 DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER-WagnerArtistic director and conductor: Ádám Fischer Performers: Peter Rose-Daland, Elisabet Strid-Senta, Zoltán Nyári-Erik, Bernadett Wiedemann-Mary, Uwe Stickert-Steersman, James Rutherford-The Dutchman
Mon 22 Jun 2015 DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER -WagnerArtistic director and conductor: Ádám Fischer Performers: Peter Rose-Daland, Elisabet Strid-Senta, Zoltán Nyári-Erik, Bernadett Wiedemann-Mary, Uwe Stickert-Steersman, James Rutherford-The Dutchman
Wed 24 Jun 2015 DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER -WagnerArtistic director and conductor: Ádám Fischer Performers: Peter Rose-Daland, Elisabet Strid-Senta, Zoltán Nyári-Erik, Bernadett Wiedemann-Mary, Uwe Stickert-Steersman, James Rutherford-The Dutchman