Istvan Kovacs

Istvan Kovacs

Basso Cantante

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2017Puccini: La BohèmeColline
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflöteSarastro
2016Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorRaimondo Bidebent
2016Mozart: Don GiovanniDon Giovanni
2015Rossini: Maometto IIMaometto II
2014Bartók: Bluebeard's CastleDuke Bluebeard
2013Rossini: Il viaggio a ReimsLord Sidney


The Hungarian basso cantante, István Kovács was
born in 1972.

He graduated as a physician and taught at the
Medical School of his home town, Pécs, then he went to study singing with
László Polgár in Zürich, and Sherman Lowe in Venice.

From 1997 to 1999 he received several prizes in
Graz: ”Schubert and the Music of the XX. Century”; in Barcelona: Francesco
Vinas International Competition; in Munich: ARD Competition and in Salzburg:
Mozart Competition.

From the season 1999/2000 he has been a
professional singer. In the following years he was contracted to the Teatro
Regio in Torino where he sang among others Haly /L’ italiana in Algeri/,
Raimondo / Lucia di Lammermoor/; to Budapest for Don Giovanni, Sparafucile and
Nanni  /Haydn’s L’Infedeltá delusa/; to
Strasbourg for Publio /La clemenza di Tito/; to Frankfurt for Angelotti
/Tosca/; to the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin for Timur /Turandot/.

István Kovács got a name as an oratorio singer as

At the Salzburger Festspiele 2001, he sang Mozart’s Mass in C minor,  Haendel’s Messiah with the Gewandhaus
Orchechestra, Mozart’s Requiem at the Sleswig-Holstein Festival and the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra, Bartók’s Cantata Profana with the Bavarian Radio
Symphony Orchestra, Die Schöpfung in Budapest and Irsee with the Tafelmusik
Orchestra, Haendel’s Messiah, Haydn’s 
Die Jahreszeiten and Bach’s Mass in H-minor conducted by Helmut Rilling.

2004 he sang and played the role of Bluebard in
Béla Bartók’s Bluebard’s Castle in a film production/adaptation for the
Hungarian Television. Since that time he has 
performed Bluebeard in Palermo, Bologna, Tokyo, Stavanger, Budapest and

In 2009-2010 he sang Lord Sidney in Il viaggio a
Reims by Rossini in Toulouse, Nancy, Montpellier, Avignon and other French opera
theaters, Escamillo concertant in Solingen Germany, Verdi’s Requiem in Hungary,
Maometto II. di Rossini in Bremen and Istanbul, and Verdi’s Attila in

In the season 2010-2011, he sang Mendelssohn’s
Elias, Bach’s Matthew-passion and Escamillo in Hungary, Bach’s Mass in H-minor
and Honegger Jean d’Arc with Helmuth Rilling in Caracas. In January 2011, he
sang Duke Bluebeard in Dortmund with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted
by Iván Fischer.

In 2011-2012 he sang Bluebeard in the Hungarian
State Opera and in the Opera de Nice, the role of Don Giovanni, and Figaro in Budapest. He
sang Mahler’s Das klagende Lied in Tokyo. In the spring of 2013 he sang Don
Silva in Verdi’s Ernani with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was a
great personal success for him.

In 2013-2014 he sang Bluebeard in Tokyo, Osaka and
in Hungary, Walter /Luisa Miller/, Il re /Aida/ and Sarastro in Budapest, Verdi
Requiem in Berlin.

In 2014-15 he sang Il re /Aida/ and Sarastro in
Budapest, Walter /Luisa Miller/ in Budapest, and Teatro San Carlo Napoli, Mendelssohn:
Elias in Budapest

In 2015-16 he sang Alidoro /Cenerentola/ in Munich,
Bluebeard in Shanghai.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: La Bohème Colline Immediately Budapest Opera National 2017
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Sarastro Immediately Budapest Opera National 2017
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Raimondo Bidebent Immediately Budapest Opera National 2016
Mozart: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni Immediately SND Bratislava 2016
Rossini: Maometto II Maometto II 24 hours Theater Bremen, Istanbul 2015


ARd special prize
3. prize salzburg mozart competition
best oratorio singer barcelona vinas
2 prize, best schubert, graz