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“Beautiful Opera House” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)

Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)
Andrassy ut 22, Budapest VI, Hungary
1-331-2550, 1-332-8197
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This magnificent new-Renaissance style structure, completed in 1884 and modeled after the Vienna Opera House, is home to both the State Opera and the State Ballet.
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“Beautiful Opera House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I saw a performance of Snow White and the Seven Drwarfs at the Opera House this June. It was a fun ballet. The Opera House was the star of the show though with it's beautiful construction and elegant chandelier and painted ceilings. It's definitely worth seeing while in Budapest. However, if you end up catching a show there, make sure to buy a ticket in the main seating. I had terrible seats in the nose bleed section and could not see very well and the seats were terribly cramped.

Visited June 2013
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“Great for a quick visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Beautiful building, well worth the trip. You can buy tickets to performances for as little as 3 USD, but be warned the view is very limited. Still, worth it -- even if you don't stay long -- simply for the atmosphere!

Visited June 2013
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“Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

You can't expect nothing special if you compare this opera house with other cities' opera houses, like all in Hungary are written in Magyar so you are really lost because nobody will help you.-

Visited April 2013
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Frieth, Oxon. UK
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“An artistic treat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We visited the opera to see a performance of Ariadne auf Naxos (booked tickets from home before our holiday).

Splendid House, richly addorned and a pleasure to visit. Ticket prices SO cheap - the Hungarians seem happy to subsidise the arts - and an exceptional performance.

Particularly impressive was the dual language concert programme - a tome in Magyar and English - which would be the envy of many an opera house. All for £2.50

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful and a must see for Budapest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

A beautiful site, elaborate furnishings. Certainly worth the time to visit inside. But if you're planning to catch a show there, then I would skip the tour. Didn't find the tour all that interesting and nothing that was said that cannot be read online. We did the tour to get an inside peak. Opera ticket prices also seem be a much better value than Vienna, at a much nicer setting. But I didn't actually catch a show so can't vouch for the show itself.

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