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Katalin Gémes (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: November 24, 1961 - Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian mezzo-soprano, Katalin Gémes, began her music studies at Bartók Béla Secondary School of Music (1980 to 1983). She, and then continued vocal and opera studies with Edit Fábry and Margit László at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music from 1983 to 1988. She graduated witb a diplomas as opera singer.

Katalin Gémes has been a mezzo soprano singer with the Hungarian State Opera House since 1988. In 1987-1989, she made several recordings with Capella Savaria conducted by Nicholas McGegan. In 1989, she sang the leading role in István Lángís Bekerítve, mono-opera drama, staged for Hungarian Television and directed György Molnár. In 1991, she won 2nd prize at the Rossini's Singing Competition in Schwetzingen. She has performed on many of the world opera stages, including Italy, France, Israel, the USA, Japan.

Her major roles are: Mercedes in Georges Bizetís Carmen, Hänsel in Engelbert Humperdinckís Hänsel und Gretel, Dorabellain in Mozartís Così fan tutte, 2. Dame in Mozartís Die Zabuerflöte, Cherubino in Mozartís Marriage of Figaro, Singer in Pucciniís Manon Lescaut, Suzuki in Pucciniís Madama Butterfly, Rosina in Rossiniís Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cinderella in Rossiniís Cinderella, Orlovsky in J. Straussís Die Fledermaus, Octavian in R. Straussí Der Rosenkavalier), Samuka in Vajdaís Widow Karnyó, Flora Bervoix in Verdiís La Traviata, Magdeléna in Verdiís Rigoletto, Magdalena in Wagnerís The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Apród in Wagnerís Parsifal, Woglinde in Wagnerís Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung.

Source: Hungarian Wikipedia Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2012); Hungarian State Opera Website
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Aryeh Oron (May 2012)

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BWV 29 [2nd], BWV 80 [1st], BWV 86, BWV 91, BWV 92, BWV 93, BWV 107 [TV+Audio], BWV 111 [TV], BWV 140 [1st], BWV 159
BWV 232 [1st], BWV 243 [1st], BWV 243 [2nd], BWV 243 [3rd, TV], BWV 244 [1st], BWV 245 [1st, TV]

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Gémes Katalin (Wikipédia) [Hungarian]

Hungarian State Opera: The Company Artists: Katalin Gémes

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