“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 brought about a golden age of opera and some who were certainly unworthy of their post. Old and new, conservative and progressive styles,” the president said.
“But eventually, it was the valuable that prevailed. And those who wanted to work on the highest possible standard and knew that the performance of the Budapest opera should be a match for the best in Europe,” he added.