Built in the late 19th-century in Renaissance style, the glorious State Opera House is a wonderful example of the mania for historicist architecture in Budapest. A must for opera or ballet fans, and well worth a visit for the stunning frescoes and dazzling gilded interior for everyone else. Tickets are inexpensive by London standards and can be booked online before your visit.
22 Andrássy Street, VI. Budapest; nearest metro: Opera; www.opera.hu/
It is fun to go see and opera or ballet performance in this glorious old Opera House. Top price tickets are usually about £28 ($50) with lots of lower prices. Website has an easy to use online booking system in English. Productions can be a bit hit and miss but it just rather fun to be in a Grand Opera House - treat yourself to a box and you'll feel very grand indeed!
For classical music, www.jegymester.hu can get tickets for almost anything, I have used it and can vouch for its reliability. If you want to get good tickets for the Opera most of the good seats get block reserved by agencies and you can only get the cheap seats (about £2-£5), the reservations get freed up 48 hours before a performance. However Ticket Express (www.tex.hu) can be found two minutes from the Opera House and tickets can be bought there. Be aware that some opera performances are held in the Erkel Szinhaz which is near to Keleti (East) train station, and it is not as nice and the acoustics are not nearly as good. Still I was there recently and enjoyed it all the same.
Ticket express would be able to provide tickets for other music events too.
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