Budapest was the home of B?Šla Bart??k, Zolt??n Kod??ly and Gustav Mahler who served as a brilliant director of the Budapest Opera. The careers of sir George Solti and Eugene Orm??ndy were launched here and Budapest became the capital of operetta as well. Do you remember such names as Imre K??lm??n and Ferenc Leh??r? Of course, you do. They too, both worked here.
Budapest is still one of the major music centres in Europe. Concerts are held in the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music (VI. Liszt Ferenc t?Šr 8.) in the Pesti Vigad?? (V. Vigad?? t?Šr) and in the Erkel Theatre (VIII. K??zt??rsas??g t?Šr 30.). You can enjoy opera and ballet performances at the State Opera (VI. Andr??ssy ??t 22.) and at the Erkel Theatre.
Choral singing in an old tradition in this country as a result of the Zolt??n Kod??ly’s pioneering work in music education.
During the Budapest Spring Festival which is held every year in late March even the Budapest Sport Ar?Šna offers serious performances.
For a traditional operetta go to the Municipal Operetta. (VI. Nagymez?? utca 17.).
If you are lucky you may catch one of the shows of the Budapest Gipsy Orchestra, which consist of the best 100 Hungarian Gipsy musicians.