The Hungarian State Opera House is a neo-Renaissance opera house located in central Budapest. It is home to the Budapest Opera Ball, a society event dating back to 1886. Today it is the largest Opera building in Budapest and Hungary. The construction lasted from 1875 to 1884 and was funded by the city of Budapest and by Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary. The Hungarian Royal Opera House opened to the public on the September 27, 1884.In the 1970s the state of the building prompted the Hungarian State to order a major renovation which eventually began in 1980 and lasted till 1984. The reopening was held exactly 100 years after the original opening, on the September 27, 1984.
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