Budapest Opera House

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Budapest Opera 2015-2016

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 other lists for the Erkel Theatre, Operetta Theatre and Palace of the Arts Programmes.

Fri 3 Jul 2015 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA-Goldmark
Sun 5 Jul 2015 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA-Goldmark
Sat 19 Sep 2015 I PAZZI PER PROGETTO-Donizetti (In Hungarian)
Sun 20 Sep 2015 I PAZZI PER PROGETTO-Donizetti (In Hungarian)
Thu 24 Sep 2015 OTELLO-Verdi
Fri 25 Sep 2015 COSI FAN TUTTE-Mozart
Sun 27 Sep 2015 COSI FAN TUTTE-Mozart
Wed 30 Sep 2015 COSI FAN TUTTE-Mozart
Thu 1 Oct 2015 OTELLO-Verdi
Fri 2 Oct 2015 COSI FAN TUTTE-Mozart
Sat 3 Oct 2015 OTELLO-Verdi
Sun 4 Oct 2015 COSI FAN TUTTE-Mozart
Wed 7 Oct 2015 OTELLO-Verdi
Thu 8 Oct 2015 COSI FAN TUTTE-Mozart
Fri 9 Oct 2015 OTELLO-Verdi
Sun 11 Oct 2015 OTELLO-Verdi
Thu 22 Oct 2015 WERTHER-Massenet
Sun 25 Oct 2015 WERTHER-Massenet
Thu 29 Oct 2015 WERTHER-Massenet
Sat 31 Oct 2015 WERTHER-Massenet
Wed 4 Nov 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
Thu 5 Nov 2015 WERTHER-Massenet
Sat 7 Nov 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
Sun 8 Nov 2015 WERTHER-Massenet
Wed 11 Nov 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
Thu 12 Nov 2015 ANDREA CHÉNIER-Giordano
Fri 13 Nov 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
Sat 14 Nov 2015 ANDREA CHÉNIER-Giordano
Sun 15 Nov 2015 DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
Wed 18 Nov 2015 ANDREA CHÉNIER-Giordano
Thu 19 Nov 2015 MADAMA BUTTERFLY-Puccini
Sat 21 Nov 2015 MADAMA BUTTERFLY-Puccini
Sun 22 Nov 2015 ANDREA CHÉNIER-Giordano
Wed 25 Nov 2015 MADAMA BUTTERFLY-Puccini
Fri 27 Nov 2015 MADAMA BUTTERFLY-Puccini
Sun 29 Nov 2015 MADAMA BUTTERFLY-Puccini
Fri 4 Dec 2015 FARNACE-Vivaldi
Sat 5 Dec 2015 MADAMA BUTTERFLY-Puccini
Sun 6 Dec 2015 FARNACE-Vivaldi
Thu 10 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Fri 11 Dec 2015 FARNACE-Vivaldi
Sat 12 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Sun 13 Dec 2015 FARNACE-Vivaldi
Tue 15 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Thu 17 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Sat 19 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Wed 23 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Fri 25 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Sun 27 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Wed 30 Dec 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Thu 31 Dec 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss
Sat 2 Jan 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss
Sun 3 Jan 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss (11am)
Sun 3 Jan 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini (7pm)
Thu 7 Jan 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini
Fri 8 Jan 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss
Sat 9 Jan 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss
Sun 10 Jan 2015 LA BOHÈME-Puccini (11am)
Sun 10 Jan 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss (7pm)
Wed 13 Jan 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss
Sun 17 Jan 2015 DIE FLEDERMAUS-J. Strauss
Sat 23 Jan 2015 FALSTAFF-Verdi
Wed 27 Jan 2015 FALSTAFF-Verdi
Thu 28 Jan 2015 LEAR-Riemann
Fri 29 Jan 2015 FALSTAFF-Verdi
Sat 30 Jan 2015 LEAR-Riemann

BALLETS
SWAN LAKE – October 9 (11am), 10 (11am), 11 (11am), 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 24, 28 & 30 2015
THE NUTCRACKER – November 26, 28 & 29 2015 December 1, 3, 5, 6 (11am), 8, 9, 10, 12 (11am), 13 (11am), 16, 18, 20 (11am & 6pm), 24 (11am), 25 (11am), 26 (11am), 27 (11am), 29 (11am) & 30 (11am) 2015
ROMEO & JULIET – January 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21 & 22 2016
MANON – February 19, 20, 21, 24, 26, 28 (11am) 2016 March 2, 4, 5, 12, 16 & 18 2016
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY – April 16 (11am), 17, 20, 22, 23, 24 (11am & 7pm), 27 & 28 2016
ONEGIN – May 1 (11am & 7pm), 4, 6, 7 & 8 (11am) 2016
A MAKRANCOS KATA – May 12, 13, 14, 15 (11am), 18 & 20 2016

Erkel Theatre Programme

Fri 4 Sep 2015 CARMEN-Bizet
Sun 6 Sep 2015 CARMEN-Bizet
Thu 10 Sep 2015 CARMEN-Bizet
Fri 11 Sep 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein
Sat 12 Sep 2015 CARMEN-Bizet
Sun 13 Sep 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein
Fri 18 Sep 2015 CARMEN-Bizet
Sun 20 Sep 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am
Fri 25 Sep 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein
Sat 26 Sep 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein
Sun 27 Sep 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am
Tue 29 Sep 2015 DAS LIEBESVERBOT (THE BAN ON LOVE)-Wagner
Thu 1 Oct 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am & 5pm
Fri 2 Oct 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am & 5pm
Sat 3 Oct 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am
Tue 6 Oct 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am & 5pm
Wed 7 Oct 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am & 5pm
Thu 8 Oct 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am & 5pm
Fri 9 Oct 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am & 5pm
Sat 10 Oct 2015 WEST SIDE STORY-Bernstein at 11am
Sat 24 Oct 2015 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA-Goldmark
Sun 5 Oct 2015 TOSCA-Puccini
Thu 29 Oct 2015 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA-Goldmark
Fri 30 Oct 2015 TOSCA-Puccini
Sat 31 Oct 2015 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA-Goldmark
Tue 3 Nov 2015 Concert. REQUIEM – Verdi
Thu 5 Nov 2015 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA-Goldmark
Fri 6 Nov 2015 TOSCA-Puccini
Sat 7 Nov 2015 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA-Goldmark
Sun 8 Nov 2015 TOSCA-Puccini
Thu 12 Nov 2015 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA-Goldmark
Sat 14 Nov 2015 JOHN THE VALIANT-Kacsoh at 11am
Sat 14 Nov 2015 THE QUEEN OF SHEBA-Goldmark at 7pm
Sun 15 Nov 2015 TOSCA-Puccini at 11am
Sun 15 Nov 2015 JOHN THE VALIANT-Kacsoh at 6pm
Thu 19 Nov 2015 JOHN THE VALIANT-Kacsoh
Fri 20 Nov 2015 DON CARLO-Verdi
Sat 21 Nov 2015 TOSCA-Puccini
Sun 22 Nov 2015 TOSCA-Puccini
Thu 26 Nov 2015 JOHN THE VALIANT-Kacsoh
Fri 27 Nov 2015 JOHN THE VALIANT-Kacsoh
Sat 28 Nov 2015 DON CARLO-Verdi
Fri 4 Dec 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart
Sat 5 Dec 2015 DON CARLO-Verdi
Sun 6 Dec 2015 JOHN THE VALIANT-Kacsoh at 11am
Sun 6 Dec 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart at 6pm
Fri 11 Dec 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart
Sat 12 Dec 2015 IL TABARRO:SUOR ANGELICA:GIANNI SCHICCHI-Puccini
Sun 13 Dec 2015 JOHN THE VALIANT-Kacsoh at 11am
Sun 13 Dec 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart at 6pm
Wed 16 Dec 2015 IL TABARRO:GIANNI SCHICCHI-Puccini
Thu 17 Dec 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart
Sat 19 Dec 2015 SUOR ANGELICA:GIANNI SCHICCHI-Puccini at 11am
Sat 19 Dec 2015 DON GIOVANNI-Mozart at 6pm
Sun 20 Dec 2015 IL TABARRO:GIANNI SCHICCHI-Puccini
Sat 26 Dec 2015 JOHN THE VALIANT-Kacsoh at 11am
Sat 26 Dec 2015 SUOR ANGELICA:GIANNI SCHICCHI-Puccini at 7pm
Tue 29 Dec 2015 IL TABARRO:GIANNI SCHICCHI-Puccini
Wed 30 Dec 2015 SUOR ANGELICA:GIANNI SCHICCHI-Puccini
Fri 8 Jan 2016 TURANDOT-Puccini
Sat 9 Jan 2016 DON PASQUALE-Donizetti
Sun 10 Jan 2016 TURANDOT-Puccini
Thu 14 Jan 2016 DON PASQUALE-Donizetti
Fri 15 Jan 2016 TURANDOT-Puccini
Sat 16 Jan 2016 DON PASQUALE-Donizetti
Sun 17 Jan 2016 TURANDOT-Puccini
Fri 22 Jan 2016 TURANDOT-Puccini
Sat 23 Jan 2016 DON PASQUALE-Donizetti
Sun 24 Jan 2016 TURNADOT-Puccini
Sat 30 Jan 2016 TURNADOT-Puccini at 11am
Sun 31 Jan 2016 DON PASQUALE-Donizetti at 11am

BALLETS
THE KARAMAZOVS – June 20 (11am), 21 911am & 7pm), 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 2015
Mad Dance – Yet There Is Method In It (One-act ballets with music by Mozart, Ravel and Part) September 19, 20, 24, 26 & 27 October 3 & 4 (11am & 7pm) 2015
White Black – Opposites in Attraction (one-act ballets at the Erkel Theatre with music by Kylian, Reich, Bach, Lander & Czerny) January 29, 30 & 31 February 5, 6 & 7 2016

Palace of the Arts: The RING CYCLE and DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG

2016
June 16th DAS RHEINGOLD-Wagner
June 17th DIE WALKÜRE-Wagner
June 18th SIEGFRIED-Wagner
June 19th GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG-Wagner
June 24th DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG
June 26th DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG