February 2, 2004. - All Saints Episcopal Church, NYC

Hosted by:  The Consul General of the Republic of Hungary
Ambassador Dr. Gábor Horváth  and Mrs. Gabriella Lonkai Horváth

soprano, Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest

„The Sounds of Love and Spring”
an Evening of Arias and Songs

Photos: Clara Deak


R. Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben op. 42
Songcycle after eight poems by Adelbert von Chamisso

W. A. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro K 492
„Voi, che sapete che cosa é amor” – Cherubino’s Aria (2nd Act)
„Giunse alfin il momento” – Susanna’s aria (4th Act)

G. Puccini: Gianni Schicci
„O mio babbino caro” – Lauretta’s aria

P. I. Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
„Puschkay pogibnu ya” – Tatiana’s letter aria (1st Act)

E. Petrovics: Lysistrate
„Jöjj el hozzánk, gyönyörédes Érosz” – Lysistrate’s aria

Ildikó Iván began her musical career as a flutist, and received her diploma at the Debrecen division of Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where she studied with Istvan Matuz. She then studied singing with Adrienne Szterszky and Endre Dékány and four years later she graduated from the same institute with a degree in singing. Her first operatic contract was with the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen.Her international career already began in 1984, after receiving first prize and special award at the Karlovy Vary Singing Competition, and later, obtaining third place at the Sophia Singing Competition. Soon after, she was invited to the Sophia Music Festival, where she sang the role of Gilda along with Giuseppe Taddei, and she proved to be once again a great success. In the same year, she won the grand prix of the Cziffra Foundation, after which she was invited to a number of French concerts. She became a regular guest singer at the Hungarian State Opera, singing such notable roles as Lucia di Lammermoor, Olympia, Fiordiligi, Melinda and Micaela.

In 1988 she won the first price at the Geszty Sylvia Coloratura Competition in Stuttgart. Afterwards, she gained a reputation Europe-wide as the soprano of the Bonn Opera. She worked with such notable conductors as Sylvio Varviso, Dennis Russel Davies, Waclaw Neumann, Stefan Soltész, Udo Zimmermann and Gianfranco Massini, and also with vocal partners as Edita Gruberova, Juan Pons, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Graham Clark and Gössta Winberg. She appeared once again in Hungary in 1994 at the performance of Rigoletto ath the Margaret Island Open Air Theatre.

Currently, she is a popular soprano of the Hungarian music scene, a regular guest of various opera companies, an oratorio soloist and noted performer of contemporary music repertoire. She played the leading role in several operatic films: Cosi fan tutte (Miklós Szinetár), The Greatest Ball (Judit Galgóczy), Countess Marica (Ágnes Csenterics).

Ildikó was the soloist of the Three nocturnes on the Hungaroton recording dedicated to the chamber music of Lajtha. She has also published two solo CDs titled Letter Arias: letter arias and duets from the operatic literature, and Anna Arias - Arias of Anna from the operatic literature.

Source: Hungarian Cultural Center, NY

Dr. Gábor Horváth Consul General thanks Ildikó Iván
for her great performance