The Hungarian State Opera (Magyar Állami Operaház) is the masterpiece of Miklós Ybl, one of the greatest Hungarian architects of all time. The Opera was opened in 1884. The building is a splendid example of the neo-Renaissance style, while its rich ornaments also show a few baroque elements. The auditorium can seat 1300 persons, and although it is not the largest opera, it has the 3rd best acoustics in Europe after the Scala in Milan and the Opera Garnier in Paris. Its most widely noted piece is The Nutcracker, which has enjoyed unfaltering popularity for years - despite being on show all December, it is almost impossible to get tickets for this Tschaikovsky ballet. There are two guided tours of the house every day, at 3 PM and 4 PM.