The Hungarian State Opera, which has undergone a major renovation, reopened on Saturday with a festive gala.
The opening ceremony took place in the presence of outgoing President János Áder, President-elect Katalin Novák and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Addressing the event, President Áder spoke about the 138-year history of the Opera House, one of the masterpieces of the eminent 19th century architect Miklós Ybl.
“What a variety of events this building has witnessed and survived: wars and revolutions, conquerors and various forms of government, occupation and regained freedoms.
Several directors who made the golden age of opera and some who were certainly unworthy of their position. Old and new styles, conservative and progressive,” the president said.
“But in the end, it was value that prevailed. And those who wanted to perform at the highest possible level and knew that the performance of Budapest Opera had to be on par with the best in Europe,” he added.