March 20, 2011 - Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary, New York

soloist of the New York Philharmonic Hungarian Echoes III: Bluebeard’s Castle

Gábor Bretz was born in Budapest, and studied singing first with Stephan Czovek in Los Angeles, and subsequently at the Bela Bartok Conservatory of Music and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.  He has also attended master classes with Julia Hamari, Ralf Doring, Eva Marton and Yevgeni Nesterenko.  He was awarded the Cesare Bardelli prize at the 2004 Viotti International Singing Competition, and was the winner of the 2005 Maria Callas Grand Prix Competition in Athens.

Since graduating from the Franz Liszt Academy he has appeared regularly with the Hungarian State Opera, where his roles have included Leporello/Don Giovanni, Banquo/Macbeth, Escamillo/Carmen, Kothner/Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Don Fernando/Fidelio.  Other recent appearances include Antonio/Le Nozze di Figaro at the Salzburg Festival, Masetto/Don Giovanni at the Komische Oper, Berlin, Don Giovanni with Opera Zagreb, the High Priest of Babylon/Nabucco for Opera de Rennes, Sparafucile/Rigoletto in Klagenfurt, Bluebeard/Bluebeard’s Castle under Gergiev in Ekaterinburg and Moscow, and First Soldier/Salome, Bluebeard, the Monk /Don Carlo and Don Basilio/Il Barbiere di Siviglia at La Scala, Milan.  He also sang the title role of Don Giovanni for Opera Australia, Seneca /L’incoronazione di Poppea in Klagenfurt and Escamillo /Carmen for Leipzig Opera. Engagements in the 2009/10 season included Rocco/Fidelio in Klagenfurt, Bluebeard with the Netherlands Opera, Colline/La Bohčme in Monte Carlo, Zuniga in the new production of Carmen under Daniel Barenboim, Escamillo at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, and Don Basilio/Il Barbiere di Siviglia at La Scala, Milan.

In addition to his operatic appearances Gábor Bretz sings regularly in concert,  and his repertoire includes the major oratorios of Bach, Haydn, Mozart (including the Coronation Mass under Helmut Rilling), Rossini, Puccini,  Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Tippett’s A Child of our Time, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ (under Sylvain Cambreling) and the Verdi Requiem.

Engagements in the 2010/11 season include Bluebeard with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen in Stockholm, and with the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra under Daniel Harding in Munich; title-role in the new production of Mefistofele with the Hungarian State Opera; the Verdi Requiem with the National Phlharmonic Orchestra under Zoltan Kocsis in Budapest; Escamillo in the revival of Carmen under Gustavo Dudamel at La Scala, Milan; Salome with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Simon Rattle at the Salzburg Easter Festival and in Berlin; and Sparafucile in the new production of Rigoletto for the Vienna Festwochen at the Theater an der Wien.

Source: IMG Artists

Photos: Zoltán Tardos


Gábor Bretz and Ambassador Károly Dán, Consul General

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