Társulat

István Kovács

István Kovács

opera singer
bass

István Kovács began his studies at the Ferenc Liszt Music School in his home town of Pécs, and then continued them in Zürich with László Polgár and in Venice with Sherman Lowe. Between 1997 and 1999, he won first prize at the Schubert and the Music of the 20th Century Festival held in Graz, the prize for best singer in the oratorio category at the Francesco Vinas International Singing Competition in Barcelona, the special sponsor's prize at the ARD Competition in Munich, and third prize at the Mozart Competition in Salzburg. Since the 1999/2000 season, he has sung, among others, the roles of Ali (L’italiana in Algeri) and Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) at the Teatro Regio in Turin and Don Giovanni, Sparafucile (Rigoletto) and Nanni (Haydn's L'infedeltá delusa) at the Hungarian State Opera, as well as those of Publio (La clemenza di Tito) in Strasburg, Angelotti (Tosca) in Frankfurt and Timur (Turandot) at Berlin's Staatsoper under den Linden. He has also made a name for himself as a concert singer, performing works by Mozart, Handel, Bartók, Haydn and Bach. In 2004, Hungarian Television recorded his portrayal of the title character in Béla Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle, a role he has also sung in Palermo, Bologna, Tokyo, Stavanger, Budapest and Toulouse, and more recently in Nice, Dortmund and Osaka. In 2013 he sang, to great acclaim, the role of Don Silva (in Verdi's Ernani) with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The 2014/15 season saw him singing the King of Egypt (Aida), Sarastro (The Magic Flute) and Walter (Luisa Miller) back in Budapest, where he also performed in Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah.
In 2019, in recognition of her outstanding achievements, he was decorated with the Knight's Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit (civilian division). He received the Gusztáv Oláh Commemorative Plaque in 2022.

Performances

September 17. 11:00
contemporary opera 14
Claude Debussy

PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
25. Rohonyi Anikó season ticket
September 18. 19:00
contemporary opera 14
Claude Debussy

PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
20. Rozsos István season ticket
September 22. 18:00
contemporary opera 14 rehearsal
Giacomo Puccini

TOSCA

Hungarian State Opera
September 28. 19:00
contemporary opera 14
Giacomo Puccini

TOSCA

Hungarian State Opera
17. Kováts Kolos season ticket
October 2. 20:00
contemporary opera 14
Giacomo Puccini

TOSCA

Hungarian State Opera
October 7. 19:00
contemporary opera 14
Giacomo Puccini

TOSCA

Hungarian State Opera
07. Lukács Gyöngyi season ticket
December 10. 19:00
contemporary opera 14 premiere
György Selmeczi

ARTABAN

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
19. Eiffel Premier season ticket
December 16. 20:00
contemporary opera 14
György Selmeczi

ARTABAN

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
39. Miller Lajos season ticket
December 18. 11:00
contemporary opera 14
György Selmeczi

ARTABAN

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
26. Mészöly Katalin season ticket
December 18. 19:00
contemporary opera 14
György Selmeczi

ARTABAN

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
24. Barlay Zsuzsa season ticket
December 23. 20:00
contemporary opera 14
György Selmeczi

ARTABAN

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
December 26. 19:00
contemporary opera 14
György Selmeczi

ARTABAN

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
April 2. 19:00
semi-staged opera 10
Johann Sebastian Bach – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

ST MATTHEW PASSION

Hungarian State Opera
13. Szinetár Miklós season ticket
April 7. 19:00
semi-staged opera 10
Johann Sebastian Bach – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

ST MATTHEW PASSION

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
April 8. 19:00
contemporary opera 8
Johann Sebastian Bach

CROSS CANTATAS

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
April 10. 11:00
contemporary opera 8
Johann Sebastian Bach

CROSS CANTATAS

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
April 14. 20:00
contemporary opera 8
Johann Sebastian Bach

CROSS CANTATAS

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
32. Szumrák Vera season ticket
April 22. 11:00
contemporary opera 8
Johann Sebastian Bach

CROSS CANTATAS

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
April 30. 19:00
contemporary opera 8
Johann Sebastian Bach

CROSS CANTATAS

Eiffel Art Studios – Miklós Bánffy Stage
28. Kékesi Mária season ticket