The Hungarian State Opera House, which has undergone a major renovation, was reopened with a festive gala on 12 March. The opening ceremony was attended by incumbent President János Áder, President-elect Katalin Novák and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Addressing the event, President Áder spoke about the 138-year history of the Opera House, one of the masterpieces of eminent 19th-century architect Miklós Ybl.
“What a variety of events this building has witnessed and survived: wars and revolutions, conquerors and various forms of government, occupations and regained freedoms. Several directors who brought about a golden age of opera and some who were certainly unworthy of their post. Old and new, conservative and progressive styles,” the president said.
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“But eventually, it was the valuable that prevailed. And those who wanted to work on the highest possible standard … and knew that the performance of the Budapest opera should be a match for the best in Europe,” he added.
- 18 Mar 2022
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