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a side entrance. Although I could not see the stage, I could hear everything perfectly. I sat17:40 closePage to 144 Károly Lotz’ ceiling fresco walk 4 ang 2006/11/22 portraying Olympus and the Greek gods. The brave can attempt to go down and take better seats during the interval (although 144 WALK FOUR tickets may be checked). There is a shop to the right of the main box-office is no longer on the left-hand side of the building where it entrance,The which stocks good books, collectibles and CDs. If you operated until the mid 1990s. The decoration of the original box office is in keepingthe withinterval, the rest of theyou building. railings intended to shop during canThe gobrass back to are pick up your purensure civilized queuing. There are nearly always some tickets available on chases after the performance. the day of the performance, albeit for the worst seats. When I last went to buy a ticket on a November morning I had no difficulty in getting one for the same evening. However, stamped on the ticket was: “Warning! The stage cannot be seen from this seat”.

Lázár utca

Walk FOUR

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Dalszínház utca

Hajós utca

Walk FOUR

niches are statues of the muses of opera: Terpsichore, Erato, Thalia and Melpomene. On the stone cornice of the terrace above the second-floor-level are the statues of (from left to right) Monteverdi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Gluck, Mozart, Beethoven (on the left); Rossini, Donizetti, Glinka, Wagner, Verdi, Gounod, Bizet (in the middle); and Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Moniuszko and Smetana (on the right). The Opera House quickly became one of the leading musical centres of Europe. Gustav Mahler was the director here for three seasons, and he personally directed two Puccini operas. Otto Klemperer was briefly the director here after World War Two. At present, the Opera House has a repertoire of more than 50 operas, which it claims is more than any other company in the world. The box office is no longer on the left side of the building, where it operated until the mid-1990s. The original box office – which is just an entrance hall these days – was decorated in a style similar to that of the rest of the building, with brass railings intended to ensure civilized queuing. There are nearly always some tickets still available on performance days, albeit for the worst seats. When I last went to buy a ticket on a November morning I had no difficulty in getting one for the same evening. However, stamped on the ticket was: “Warning! The stage cannot be seen from this seat”. Seats like that (all in the upper circle) are accessible from a separate staircase through

HAJÓS UTCA

State Opera House – the Façade

DALSZÍNHÁZ UTCA

LÁZÁR UTCA

ANDRÁSSY ÚT

Andrássy út

State Opera House

State Opera House Dreschler Palace 26D VI. Andrássy út 25. ••• The building opposite the Opera House, built by Ödön Lechner and Gyula Pártos in 1882, took its name from a large café which once occupied the ground floor. Six successive owners went bankrupt or committed suicide; but this may not necessarily be the reason why the café disappeared. For decades the building housed the National

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