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 center of Pest enjoy an organ or a string concert in St. Stephen’s Basilica, one of the most beautiful neo-classical buildings in Budapest. Take your pick from 3 concerts, each with 4 seating classes, to tailor your experience to your taste and budget.
Concert every Sunday and Tuesday at 8:00 pm
Duration: about 70 minutes. Information on Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica
and tickets – click here
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 Liszt Academy of Music has several concert halls, so check that your concert is in the ‘Great Hall’ (the one shown in the photo).
PALACE OF ARTS MUPA – Budapest concerts
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).
MATTHIAS CHURCH CONCERTS
The Matthias Church in the old town of Buda is holding classical music concerts several times a month in a unique setting with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra
Address: Matthias Church, Szentháromság tér 2, 1st district, Buda – map –
THE HUNGARIAN NATIONAL OPERA
After more than 4 years of renovation, the Hungarian National Opera opens its doors on March 12, 2022! With a capacity of 1200 seats, the National Opera of Budapest inaugurated in 1884 is an iconic place of the Hungarian capital to discover absolutely by its architectural beauty and the quality of its representations!
Budapest Opera House Guided Tour
Discover the second largest stage in Europe on this guided tour of the Hungarian State Opera House, a must-see on your trip to Budapest!
A tour of the Opera House of about 60 minutes starts daily at 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30 in English. Booking in advance strongly recommended.
Address of the State Opera: Andrássy út 22, 6th district, Pest – map.
FOLKLORE DANCE SHOW
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.
Duration: about 90 minutes. Folk dance show information and tickets – click here
ERKEL THEATER – Budapest concerts
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: Erkel Theater, János Pál pápa tér 30, 8th round. in Pest – map –
PESTI VIGADO – Budapest concerts
The “Pesti Vigado” concert hall is located opposite the Danube, on the edge of the Belgrade Quay Promenade on the “Vigado Ter” square. Its construction was completed in 1865 under the direction of the architect Frigyes Feszl. Classical music concerts and exhibitions are held in this prestigious building, which was declared a national monument in 1954. Tickets from 8 euros:
Address: Pesti Vigado, Vigadó tér 2, 5th district, Budapest – map –