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Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz)
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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.
Sydney, Australia
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“Grand opera”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

We were on a APT guided tour which included drinks and a short performance. What a magnificent opera house.

Visited April 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“My First Opera”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

We went to the opera house on a whim, and we both really enjoyed it. The building is beautiful. The singing was great. The scenery was inspiring. The only drawback was the language. The opera was in German and the subtitles were in Hungarian. Alas, my wife and I speak neither. With that said, we were able to follow the story once we read the synopsis in the program.

Visited April 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Fabulous Structure; Ambiguous Protocol”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Not To Be Missed! Ideally you should take in an opera (or ballet) to fully appreciate the spendor of this building. After all, what makes this edifice so magical is that is is a living thing. Unlike so many of the grand buildings we tour, this opera house is not a relic or a museum piece from a distant time in the past, it is used today as was designed to be used over a century ago. And you can experience the building's beauty and vitality today first hand as a participant in its active function..

But if you can't attend a performance, you will want to take the tour offered at 3 PM and 4PM every day. And if you do take the tour, you WILL want to take photographs. But here's the catch. You need to pay extra for the priviledge. This fee is nominal and not the issue. The iksome thing about it is that, for most of us, we were unaware of the requirement until after the tour started. By that time it was too late. At least a dozen of us on my tour were disappointed as we put away our cameras. The space is just too photogenic.

There is no mention of this extra requirement on the tour's official website. And there was no notice of any prominence,if at all, stipulating the requirement at or around the cashier's desk. Only one member of our group knew about this beforehand. She wore a red wristband which signified that she was authorized to take photographs. For the rest of us, photography was verboten. So be sure inquire about a photo pass when you buy your tour ticket.

In any event, do go and enjoy a truly manificent piece of architecture.

Visited April 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“A little gem!”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Beautiful theatre - great orchestra. Booked affordable stalls seats for Tosca the day before the performance. Highly reccomended

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful and great value for money”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

We went to see Onegin (ballet) during our weekend here.

Wow, what can I say? The building is stunning! We got great seats for a fraction of a London price. The bar was beautiful and we could go out on to the balcony in our intervals.

A truly enjoyable experience!

Visited November 2012
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