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Buda-Pest opera closed for the year

If you are interested in taking in an opera or ballet in Buda-Pest, the main opera is closed. The operas and ballets take place off-site at Erkel Theatre. I will post a report about travel to the theatre tonight.

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Although the opera house is still giving tours, the main theater was not open to the tour due to the renovations when I was there in October.

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I've heard it will reopen in 2020 but haven't seen dates. I love going to the ballet in grand opera houses and hope to schedule my next visit after the reopening.

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We went to the ballet ("Snow White and the 7 Dwarves") at the Erkel Theatre. The theatre is very nice, new, with a marvelous stage. The theatre is very close to Kaleti Train station, and is on tourist maps.

The ballet was lots of fun, and there were so many children, all dressed up very nicely. We enjoyed watching the children, especially the 4 YO in the blue dress who bounced continually for the end of the show. Very fun. And all of 6000 Hf, which is $20.75, for 2 of us.

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Oh my goodness that's amazingly inexpensive! I saw that Snow White was on the schedule and would have loved to see it.

Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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We saw Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet at the big house several years back, it was fantastic, and tickets are very low priced., both for operas and ballets We are opera people, and on trips after that one went for operas twice. Again, really good, supertitles are in both Hungarian and English, and the acoustics are excellent. As are almost all sight-lines.

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Theatre fans--don't forget the gorgeous Operettszinhaz just a couple of blocks from the Opera, on Nagymezzo utca right off Andrassy--wonderfully staged and charming musicals, ticket prices are cheap for what you get--and add the delight of being in a beautiful theatre and mingling with the locals. www.operett.hu

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Thanks Christa! Can't wait to do that on my next visit!

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Book early for anything you want to see. This is still very much the local culture and not tourist shows. At the Opperett if you can get seats in a box about 3 boxes each side of center (maybe more), these are VIP boxes and you will share a table in the parlor at intermission with complementary champagne and, as my experience has gone, interesting conversation with Hungarians. Please do Google search images inside the theaters and dress as is seen in the photos. As I said, it's their culture and not a tourist venue.

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Will do, thanks for the guidance! It's always tricky, but doable, to pack light with opera/ theater/ ballet clothes.

Box seats.... I could never afford such a thing at home. I couldn't believe how inexpensive box seats were in Vienna.

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Then the prices in Budapest will blow you away. And in Budapest the vast majority of those there will be Hungarians.