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Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)

April 10 - April 26

The Budapest Spring Festival takes place in April each year. Besides Hungarian artists numerous international stars perform during the two-week event. Franz Liszt’s oeuvre and Italian culture will be in the limelight in 2015.

The largest and most prestigious cultural festival in Budapest attracts many classical music, opera and jazz fans from all around the world.

The festival has developed into one of Europe’s major cultural events with a series of opera, concert, ballet and theatrical performances.

You can choose from around 135 programs in around 32 venues. Some unique locales include: Music Academy, Palace of Arts (MüPa), Matthias Church, the New Budapest Gallery in the Bálna/Whale building, Ludwig Museum, the Budapest Music Centre in district IX.

Other programs of the Budapest Spring Festival include orchestral concerts, chamber evenings, church concerts, opera performances, folk dance, exhibitions and a range of other interesting programs.

The festival also offer programs for children.

See more the selection of programs below.

Spring Festival Programs

Orchestral ConcertsChamber ConcertsChurch Concerts – International Theatre Festival – OperaJazz Dance  – Crossover – – For ChildrenExhibitions

Orchestral Concerts During the Spring Festival

Denis Matsuev and the Hungarian National Philharmonic – 10. April, 19.30

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 34
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97, “Rhenish”

Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis

Tickets: 3 900, 5 900, 7 900, 9 900, 12 900 HUF

Dezső Ránki and Concerto Budapest, 11. April 11.00 and 12. April at 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall

  • W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat major, K. 271
  • W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat major, K. 449
  • W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in G major, K. 453

Tickets: 2 000, 3 100, 3 900, 4 900 HUF

Leo Nucci Sings Verdi Arias, 13. April 19.30

Venue: Erkel Theatre, II. János Pál pápa tér 30., district VIII.

Featuring: Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra
Conductor: János Kovács

  • Verdi Aida opear on the Budapets Spring FestivalNabucco – overture
  • Don Carlos – Rodrigo’s aria (Felice ancor io son?… Per me giunto è il dì supremo; Io morrò, ma lieto in core)
  • Macbeth – ballet
  • Macbeth – Macbeth’s aria (Perfidi, all’anglo contro me v’unite)
  • Aida – ballet
  • Luisa Miller – Miller’s aria (Sacra è la scelta… Ah fu giusto il mio sospetto)
  • Les vêpres siciliennes – overture
  • La traviata – Germont’s aria (Di Provenza il mar, il suol)
  • La traviata – Prelude to Act 1
  • Un ballo in maschera – Renato’s aria (Alzati, là tuo figlio… Eri tu)
  • La forza del destino – overture
  • Rigoletto – Rigoletto’s aria (Cortigiani, vil razza dannata)

Tickets: 3 900, 5 900, 7 900, 9 900, 12 900 HUF

DanteXperience, 24. April, 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

  • Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini – Symphonic fantasy after Dante, op. 32 Interval
  • Liszt: Dante Symphony

Tickets: 2 500, 3 200, 3 900, 4 900, 6 900 HUF

The orpheus Chamber orchestra's membersOrpheus Chamber Orchestra, 24. April, 19.30

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall

  • Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
  • Bartók: Divertimento for String Orchestra
  • Fazil Say: Chamber Symphony
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 80 in D minor, Hob. I:80

Tickets: 2 100 Ft, 3 500 Ft, 4 900 Ft, 6 900 Ft

Chamber Evenings

Gershwin Piano Quartet – Gershwin and his contemporaries for four pianos, 13. April 19.30

Venue: Vigadó Hall

  • Rachmaninoff: Vocalise & Tarantella
  • Scriabin: Prelude in C sharp minor
  • Prokofiev: Three excerpts from the film score of Lieutenant Kijé
  • Liebermann: Gargoyles – excerpts
  • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
  • Gershwin: An American in Paris
  • Ireland: In a May Morning
  • Porter: Night and Day
  • Gershwin: Oh, Lady Be Good!
  • Bernstein: West Side Story – excerpts

Tickets: 2 400, 3 200 HUF

Amadinda and Muzsikás, 16. April, 19.30

Venue: Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

Two legendary ensembles come together to perform a special concert.

Tickets: 2 500, 3 200, 3 900, 4 900, 6 900 HUF

Theatre Performances

Hungarian Wedding Feast – Silver Anniversary, 24. April 20.00

Venue: Papp László Budapest Sprotaréna

The spectacular folk show is restaged on its 25th anniversary.

Tickets: 2 000, 4 500 HUF

Church Concerts – Spring Festival 2015.

Church concerts will be performed in Matthias Church in Buda Castle.

Westminster Cathedral Choir – London’s Catholic Church Music, 21. April, 20.00

The renowned choir group will perform in one of the oldest churches of Budapest.

Tickets: 3 900, 5 400, 6 900 HUF

Opera – Budapest Spring Festival 2015.

Verdi: Aida, 10. and 14. April, 18.00

Venue: Erkel Theatre, II. János Pál pápa tér 30., district VIII.

Tickets: 1 500, 2 900, 3 600, 4 500 HUF

J. A. Hasse: Siroe, King of Persia – Semi-staged performance of the baroque opera, 18. April, 19.00

Venue: Vígszínház (Comedy Theatre of Budapest), Szent István krt. 14, district XIII.

Tickets: 800, 1 200, 1 500, 3 000, 3 500, 4 000, 4 400 HUF

Crossover Programs

Ana Moura’s Evening of Fado, 16. April, 20.00

Venue: Bálna (Whale)-Event Hall

Tickets: 3 900 HUF

Nishat Khan and the Saint Ephraim Male Choir, 18. April, 20.00

Venue: Bálna (Whale)-Event Hall

Tickets: 3 900 HUF

The famous Sufist sitar player will present an Islamic-Christian musical dialogue.

Jazz Concerts

Lovers of jazz music can choose from around a dozen concerts. The Feast of Hungarian Jazz will take place on 17. April at 19.00 and on 18. April at 20.00 in the Budapest Jazz Club (Hollán Ernő utca 7., district XIII.) with award cerenonies and concerts.

Mihály Dresch: New Beginning, 10. April 20.00

Venue: Liszt Academy, Grand Hall

Featuring:

Róbert Kerényi – recorder, Balázs Vizeli – violin, Antal Brasnyó – viola, Sándor Csoóri Jr. – viola, András Bognár – double bass, Tamás Bősze – folk drum, László Szlama – cithern, Dresch Quartet

Members of the quartet: Mihály Dresch – wind instruments, Miklós Lukács – cymbalo, Balázs Horváth – double bass, István Baló – drums

Tickets: 1 500, 2 500, 3 200, 3 900  HUF

Dance Performances

B.R.I.S.A. / Schubert / Some Other Time / Subject To Change, 22. and 23. April at 19.00

Venue: Palace of Arts –  Festival Theatre

A Guest performance by the Nederlands Dans Theater 2

Tickets: 3 900, 4 900, 6 900 HUF

Children Programs

Programs for families with kids.

Alice in Wonderland – Musical adventures in the land of fantasy,11. April 17.00

Venue: Bálna (Whale) Event Hall

Tickets: 1 800 HUF

A unique rendering of Lewis Carroll’s fantasy novel:

Twelve well-known musicians – including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Elvis Costello, Ilya Gringolts, and Carl Davis – wrote short pieces for each of the chapters of the novel.

Exhibitions During the Budapest Spring Festival

Photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond, 10. April, 11.00

Venue: Ludwig Museum, Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

Date of the Exhibit: 10. April – 21. June, Tue-Sun: 10.00-20.00

You can see around 150 photos introducing the art of the famous movie photograher.

Tickets: see ticket prices at the museum’s website.

TIP: Visit also the Spring Festival’s official website for up-to-date information on programs.

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Venue

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