Of all the beautiful buildings in Budapest, this one is my personal favorite. Built in 1884, it was outstanding in terms of both design and function. However, Communism did nothing for the artistic side of Hungary. Work is being done as I write to replace some of the "improvements" made during the Communist reign and to bring the house back to its former splendor.
We saw "Carmen" there and it was three hours of pleasure -center stage, 2nd row, worth every penny!