Budapest, Andrássy út 22, Hungary
(1) 814 7100
NileGuide Expert tip:
You can order tickets online for the opera or other performance venues at http://www.jegymester.hu/startpage.jsp?lang=ENG&place=3. Balcony seats are sometimes as inexpensive as a few dollars, depending on the performance.
The Opera House is a visual delight at Andrássy út 22 with its Neo-renaissance architecture mixed with elements of Baroque. The architect, Miklós Ybl also designed the original Parliament building along with the St. Stephen's Basilica. It was Emperor Franz Joseph who funded and opened the Opera House in 1884.
Adorning the first level are statues of the Greek muses of the arts. There you may also recognize statues of Franz Liszt and Ferenc Erkel, the "Father of Hungarian Opera". Treat your senses by stepping into the lobby to see the fabulous frescoes. Though the interior is not so huge, only seating 1,261, the acoustics are considered the third best in the world. You may recognize the Opera House from the movie Munich. A Hollywood transformation turned the Opera House and all of the surrounding blocks into a Parisian venue for filming.