A stunning opera house, super cheap seats and broadly international standards, what's not to like? We went twice during our recent stay - to Tannhauser (with a famous American tenor in the title role) and Tosca?
Both were fabulous but Tosca might be a better choice for newer opera fans as they even put the surtitles in English for this more popular work.
We love opera but can't always afford good seats here in the UK. We felt really spoiled to be able to afford the very best seats here at around £28 each for even the front stalls.
Both operas had two intervals and with a full house on the two nights it made sense to order interval drinks before the performance. If you're splashing out on the best seats it also makes sense to match this at the interval too. We had glasses of the really very good extra dry Hungarian champagne on each occasion. Couldn't believe it was less than £10 for four glasses! That was the gilt on the gingerbread for me!