National Opera House : Michelin's recommendations
One of the most prestigious opera houses in Europe. Since in the past works by the greatest names in music have been played there. In the neo-Renaissance style, the National Opera House (Magyar Àllami Operaház) was built from 1875 to 1884 by Miklós Ybl. The façade opens onto an overhanging porch which supports a loggia. On each side of the main entrance, two niches house the statues of two great Hungarian composes. On the right, Franz Liszt (1811-1886) and on the left, Ferenc Erkel (1810-1893). The latter, who was born in Gyula and died in Budapest, was also a talented pianist and orchestral conductor. The Hungarian owe him for the national anthem as well as several operas. The concert given at the time of solemn the inauguration of the opera house which took place on 27th September 1884, was conducted by Ferenc Erkel who conducted amongst other works, the overture from his own opera Hunyadi László. The first floor is pierced by a gallery with five arches punctuated by columns with Corinthian capitels whilst the attic is decorated with a balustrade topped with the statues of famous composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Wagner, Bizet, Tchaïkovsky, Smetana, etc.). The inside is sumptuous: the main staircase, the foyer, the corridor for smokers, the concert hall (on the ceiling, fresco by Károly Lotz depicting the Apotheosis of Music), the salon of the protocol room, the royal staircase are all resplendent with gilt, carving, frescos, paintings and marble.
- Address : Andrássy út 22 H - Budapest 10611061Budapest
- Phone : 3312550
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- Website : http://www.opera.hu