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Need help with classical music/cultural events in Budapest in September

We will be in Budapest Sept. 26 or 27 (a bit flexible) through October 1 and would like to find one or two cultural events. We especially like classical music and opera. I understand that the opera house is closed for renovations, and I have been to the website for the Erkel Theater, where operas and concerts are taking place.

I also found this page, for Hungarian folk shows, which might be something interesting and different:
https://www.budapestbylocals.com/product/hungarian-folk-dance/

Regarding classical music, I didn't find any operas playing but I found the following page on the Erkel website, with no information on what is playing other than "symphonic evenings:"

http://www.opera.hu/musor/megtekint/zenekari-hangversenyek-2019/eloadas-201909301930/

The page doesn't say what's on the program and I don't see a way of getting further information. Then when you click on ticket information, it takes you to a page of events that ends at June 30 and starts up again for October 20, skipping ticket sales for July/August/September entirely. This is extremely weird.

Can anyone shed some light on this? Also, if anyone has been to the Hungarian folk show please let me know if you thought it was worthwhile and also whether we need to buy tickets soon/if they are likely to sell out.

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I went to the Hungarian folk show at the Danube Palace (Duna Palota) in October and loved it. The dancing was wonderful - as I had expected - and was the primary reason for my interest. The music was the surprise. Exceptional. The players were extraordinary artists!

The venue is easily reached, a very short walk from the Basilica.

Edited: for a mid October show, I purchased my ticket the morning of the show at the box office at the venue. I don't recall it being sold out. Ticket was 10900 HUF, $39 at the time.

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In addition to previous suggestions upthread we booked a classical concert in late August. We were limited due to lack of venues at that time. We are going to St. Stephen's Basillica. The program features Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Ferenc, Bach... Tickets are available on the website that James E recommended.

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Also check what's on at the Liszt Academy (music conservatory). We went to a wonderful concert in their Grand Hall (which is worth seeing). You might look at the schedule for MUPA as well, to see if there's anything that interests you.

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Right now, with the opera house closed, my first two picks would be the Liszt Academy or the Operett Theater for classical. Opus for jazz.

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This is great info. I found an operetta playing but I can't read the Hungarian. Does anyone know what operetta this is?

Csárdáskirálynő
Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre

Thanks!

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http://www.operett.hu/index.php?inc=repertoar&menuId=29

English Website for the Operett

And the show:

http://operett.hu/index.php?inc=repertoar_mutat&rId=4&evadId=14

Tip: Purchase early, very early. Get a box as close to center as possible. These are the VIP Boxes which means at intermission you get invited to the Parlor for Champaign and hors d'oeuvres. You sit at one of a few common tables with the people in the box next to you. Great chance to meet people and talk. The shows are very, very good. The atmosphere is excellent. While not really, really fancy; this is still a very local event and the locals tend to dress nice for their night out. Sports coats and better are the norm. Ive been to a half dozen over the years and really enjoy the shows. Usually English subtitles projected above the procenium opening.

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James - thank you so much this looks great! I just looked at the boxes for the operetta on the dates we are available and the seats in front are taken but seats in the second or 3rd row of the boxes are available. Do you know if the boxes are sloped a little bit or flat? We are both very short so if it's not sloped and the people in the front are tall we may not see anything. There are front row boxes available but on the side - how's the visibility there? I can't believe how inexpensive the seats are, BTW.

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The second row in a box in the area called Erkely kozeppaholy jobb are not the greatest seats, but they provide a bit more experience. I did notice that on September 29th there are a couple of choice seats available. One of the advantages of sitting in the better seats like this is that the odds are overwhelming you will be with Hungarians and not tourists the second row in those boxes will give you that. That adds to the experience quite a bit. This is still a town where the overwhelming majority of those at the theater are locals, so you are doing a local thing. Not to put down Vienna, cause it is a fantastic city; but that aspect of the theater is hard to find there these days. The prices are set for the locals, not for the tourists; but stuff sells out really, really fast.

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Awesome, we got two choice tickets for the 29th! We're stoked!!! Thanks so much.

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Sure, glad to help. You will enjoy it. The show ends about 10. For a late dinner or drink you might make reservations at the Callas Cafe (a lot more formal) or at the Kadarka Wine Bar (a lot more casual). Both an easy walk from the theater. Both open till midnight.

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I'd recommend looking into the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. They are a traditional music academy right off of Andrassy avenue and always have events going on. They also do tours of the academy and it's really interesting to visit. You can often see and listen to students practicing on your tour.

Here is a link to their programs and you can search my month: https://lfze.hu/programmes