Test operation of the Erkel Theatre (the second opera theatre of Budapest, having been closed for almost six years) started with an amazing ballet evening in front of an audience of 2000. 

Erkel Theatre - named after one of the greatest Hungarian opera composers, Ferenc Erkel - was erected 101 years ago to be the biggest music theatre in Hungary as well as in Middle-Eastern Europe. For decades it was meant to be a so called "folk opera", a theatre available and affordable for the less wealthy. In the second half of the 20th century Erkel Theatre provided hundreds of thousands of people with quality music performances, with such legends like Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo singing on its stage. In 2007 the building was closed and after a break of almost six years the Hungarian government decided to invest in its renovation. The first phase of the renovation which made the theatre capable of a secure operation, has drawn to an end, so the building could open its doors again on 1st March 2013. The so called 'test operation' - a series of 81 performances in spring - has been launched with a grand opening ballet gala entitled Pas de Trois (in cooperation of the three biggest ballet companies of our country, including the Hungarian National Ballet.) The official grand opening - after the renovation of the building is fully completed - will take place on 7th November, 2013. 


For the programme of Erkel Theatre click HERE.


Tickets for performances (operas, ballets, fairy tale musicals) in Erkel Theatre can be booked online as well as via e-mail or phone ( for ticket information click HERE.)