What’s in a word? Well…
When that word is “WOW” quite a lot actually.
Wow doesn’t even come close to covering it when it comes to the Hungarian State Opera House and I think you see why in the photos. I’d urge anyone who is lucky enough to visit this awesome city to visit or take a tour of the building. It would surprise me if you didn’t a similar reaction as I did when you first walk in and see the lavish neo-Renaissance decor. Once again with the wow!
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
Certainly one of the nicest things about what I do with my work is getting opportunities to have places like this all to myself. In this case myself, my guide from the Hungarian Tourism Board, and our host from the Opera House. I was not sure that I’d get the chance to visit and photograph this iconic building since I had just attempted to do the same in Vienna with no luck. While I had a great time in Vienna and it is an absolutely gorgeous city where I did get into several incredible locations… The opera house eluded me and my cameras.
Next time Vienna…Next time!
“If music be the food of love, play on.”
The rich textures and opulent decor made me feel so small in the regal setting. It must be such a different experience during a show both in the audience and behind the scenes with so many people working on the productions well out of sight from the patrons.
I remember letting my imagination run away with itself while I was taking these photos. I was trying my best to envision what it would be like to take in a show and I hope that one day I’ll be able to return for such an experience. I was kindly invited to take in a show at the Bavarian State Opera House the next time I’m in Munich, and why not be greedy then and wish for a similar opportunity at another incredible venue such as the Hungarian State Opera House? Why not indeed.
The auditorium has a capacity of 1,261 and has the third best acoustics in Europe after La Scala in Milan and the Palais Garnier in Paris. While it is not one of the largest Opera Houses in Europe it certainly has the reputation of being one of the finest. Once again proving that size isn’t everything.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
It took me a long time to finally process these images and I’m not sure why. I’m woefully behind in editing right now and could literally spend a few months doing little else but photoshop work. While it is a nice problem to have in many ways, I feel sad just knowing that there will be gems like these photos that I’ll likely never end up showing anyone, simply because there isn’t enough time.
I had a wonderful time in Budapest and that was in good part thanks to my kind guide from the Hungarian Tourism Board. She went out of her way to make sure that I had the best experience possible and her pride in her work, her city, and her country was contagious. Without a doubt I can say that Budapest was one of my all time favourite travel experiences and I certainly would love to return to spend a lot more time there. What made Budapest rank so high for me? The food, the history, the legendary spas, the architecture, and did I mention the food? :)
“A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.”
In a few weeks I will be heading off on another photographic adventure when I return to one of my favorite countries in the world. It will be nice to say hello once again to Italy. I’m are going to be scouting for locations in Umbria, Tuscany, Liguria, and Veneto for our upcoming Italy photo workshops that I have been planning for a while now. More news on this soon!
I’m really excited to be heading to so many beautiful places in Italy that I have never visited and to do it with someone who shares my passion for Italy, good food and wine, and photography is going to make this trip even more special. After that I’m in Spain on a job for a favourite client and back home for a short wile before heading to Iceland for my first of two sold out workshops this year.
I’m also heading into year three of writing this blog and want to say thank you to everyone of my readers for being so supportive all this time. There are some big and positive changes coming to the blog in the upcoming months, so stay tuned. The best is yet to come!
I’m really happy to be the featured photographer in next month’s Travel Longer iPad magazine. What a nice honour to be interviewed and have my photography featured one month after legendary National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry!
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Gorgeous photos – as always. One thing about your work is that it is always drop-dead-gorgeous and in a way a fan becomes accumstomed, and perhaps doesn’t always comment as often as one should! Sorry!
Many congrats. (I am, quite simply, in love with Steve McCurry’s work, which is no disrespect to you …. I’ve just been seeing it for longer.) That’s wonderful, and well deserved….if I had the money it would be enough to make me go out & buy an iPad!
art lover says
WOW! indeed. —-I mean your photography.
Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista says
I didn’t get the behind the scenes look at the Opera House like you but loved the parts I did see! This makes me want to see a performance to have a look for myself.
Gorgeous place, and great photos as always! Love the one taken from the stage!
Camels & Chocolate says
WOW. There really is no more appropriate word for how amazing that opera (and the photos you captured of it) are.
Julio Moreno says
What a gorgeous photo!
Cool!Such an awesome photos.
Party Rental Miami says
It’s really fabulous Opera House. Love the one taken from the stage!
Great photos again, thanks!If you plan to stay near the Opera House in Budapest, there are some good places here:
myla leão says
I love that you believe that your photos are gems :) <- big smile right there
Again and again, your photos make me ‘WOW’! :D
I was there a few months ago and agree that it is spectacular. You mentioned not being able to photograph the Viennese Opera House – – but I read that the Hungarian State Opera is a replica of the one in Vienna. I can’t seem to verify that online although the pictures look remarkably similar. Do any of you readers know? (thanks for the wonderful photos.)
Nóra Gál says
Hungarian State Opera is not a replica of the one in Vienna. The Wiener Staatsoper was built in empire style. It is bigger then the hungarian, but the hungarian is more beautiful.
Nurul Fitri Lubis says
OMG.. This building is incredibly beautiful.. It was too bad, I missed the chance to visit this opera house on my visit to Budapest. And you have beautiful photos as well..
Maria Medgyesi says
Thanks for the photos of Budapest’s Opera House. It is one of the pearls of Hungary. There is one of the most beautiful ones in Szeged, in south Hungary, and it is the Synagogue of Szeged. A great artist like you would enjoy seeing it.
Mark Dizik says
Your photos are great. I noticed that your opera house photo is an HDR-Panorama. Would you be able to share the details of how you took your picture. Vertical panorama, lens, HDR settings, etc?
Horst Benner says
I found this page when Iooked for seating in the Budapest Opera house. Brilliant!
We will be there in January attending La Boheme.
Thanks for this beautiful pictures and the informations about the building.
I am amazed!
M. Buchholz Travel Photography Blog says
Love the shot from the stage! Beautiful tone and contrast.
Beau & Belle London says
Wonderful photos we would love to visit Budapest, the most amazing architecture.