Budapest is a music-loving city that offers the opportunity to attend many performances of classical music, opera and ballets of great quality. Here is our selection of Budapest concerts and opera:
ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA
In the majestic setting of the famous St. Stephen’s Basilica in the center of Pest is a weekly organ concert arranged by Miklós Teleki. The program arias are performed by Kolos Kováts, one of the most famous singers of oratorio concerts in Hungary, and you will also enjoy the flutist, Eleonóra Krusic.
Organ concert every thursday are at 8pm with the following program (subject to change): Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Fantasy in F minor K 608, Antonio Vivaldi: 4 Seasons – Winter (Largo), Alessandro Stradella: Pieta Signore, Tomaso Albinoni: Adagio , Ferenc Liszt: Choral, Franz Schubert: Maria Ave, George Bizet: Agnus Dei, Johann Sebastian Bach: Menuet and Badinerie in B minor, Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata Fugue in D minor BWV 565. Duration: about 70 minutes. Tickets from 20 €.
You also have concerts with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra every Tuesday and Sunday at 8pm. On the program each evening (subject to change): Bach (Air BWV 1068), Händel (Rejoice), Albinoni (Adagio), Vivaldi (The Four Seasons ‘Extracts’), Gounod (Ave Maria), Händel (Largo, de Xerxes opera), Schubert (Ave Maria), Mozart, Wolfgang (Requiem ‘extracts’), Bizet (Agnus Dei, among others.
Duration: about 70 minutes. Tickets from 33 € in category C.
Address: Szent István ter 1, 5th district, Pest – map –
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LISZT ACADEMY OF MUSIC
The Liszt Academy of Music is a jewel for its unique architecture and classical concerts. Located in the center of Pest on the Liszt Ferenc Square, it is one of our favorites and a unique experience even if you are not a music lover. (Tickets from 12 euros for some concerts). The Academy has several concert halls, so check that your concert is in the ‘Great Hall’ (the one shown in the photo).
Address: Liszt Ferenc ter 8, 6th district, Pest – plan –
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PALACE OF ARTS MUPA
The Palace of Arts (‘MUPA’) is located in Pest along the Danube River near the Rákóczi Bridge. In a unique modern setting, it hosts classical concerts, jazz, operas and ballet (classical and modern) of high calibre. Note that the Great Hall (pictured above) is called ‘Room Bartók Béla’ while a smaller room is called the ‘Fesztival Színház‘ (300 seats).
Address: Komor Marcell u.1, 9th district, Pest – plan –
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MATTHIAS CHURCH CONCERTS
The Matthias Church in the old town of Buda organizes classical music concerts several times a month in a unique setting with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra (from € 33 in category B).
Address: Szentháromság tér 2, 1st district, Buda – map –
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FOLKLORE DANCE SHOW AT THE DANUBE PALACE
Discover the art of folk dance in Hungary during a 90-minute show (including an intermission) in the unique setting of the Danube Palace in Pest in the city center. True testimony of the Hungarian heritage, the show will present the tradition of the costumes, music and dance of Hungary and its former empire. Tickets (3 categories) are also offered with pick-up service. Duration: about 90 minutes. Tickets from 24 €.
The Budapest Opera House (on Andrassy Avenue) is closed for renovation until 2019. The ERKEL theater in Pest hosts all the programming: operas, ballets and concerts. While the Erkel Theater does not have the architectural luster of its counterpart, the National Opera, it offers quality programming.
Address: Theater Erkel: János Pál pápa tér 30, 8th round. in Pest – map –