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János Szerekován (Tenor)

Born: 1975 - Marosvásárhely, Transylvan, Romania

The Romanian tenor, János Szerekován, began studying violin in the local music school and later graduated in the voice section of the Marosvásárhely School of the Arts. His teacher was Mária Papp. In 1998 he was accepted into the local Philharmonic Chorus. He began his solo career in 2000 singing in W.A. Mozart’s Requiem. That year he also participated in a number of national and international competitions, winning first place in the Brasso Sacred Competition. In 2001, he was accepted into the Hungarian Radio Chorus and sang a solo with the chorus in the Heinrich Schütz' Christmas Oratorio. He also began studying under Boldizsár Keönch, dean of the voice faculty at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.

János Szerekován debuted at the Hungarian State Opera in 2003 in a production of Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il Ladro. He has been awarded both the Nívó and the Lajtha vocal awards in Hungary. He participated in the Majk International Mastercourse with Ionel Pantea and Zsuzsa Misura and studied in a master-course with Thomas Houser in Pennsylvania, USA in 2007. He is a regular guest artist at the Debrecen Csokonai Theater and the Szeged National Theater. He has appeared on numerous recordings of the Hungarian Radio.

János Szerekován has a broad oratorio repertoire, enjoying particular success internationally as the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s Passions. Most recently, he sang this role in St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in Bucharest on the renowned Atheneum stage. Critics had this to say about that performance: “the other exceptional performance was given by tenor János Szerekován, who was born in Marosvásárhely, but currently works in Hungary. He is a professional, well-trained lyric tenor. He has a voice that easily accomodates the W.A. Mozart repertoire as well as Baroque music. On this occasion, he performed the Evangelist with a dramatic sense of the rich, complex meaning of that role. Amazingly, he sang the recitatives and both of the difficult tenor arias.”

János Szerekován regulary sings with Hungary’s top orchestras as well as those of other countries. He is a permanent soloist with the Szeged Symphonic Orchestra and the Vaszy Viktor Chorus, the ELTE orchestra and the Central Baptist Choir as well.

János Szerekován has performed with the conductors: Mátyás Antál, Gábor Baross (†),Michel Cavin, Miklós Cser, János Czifra, Árpád Dárdai, Péter Erdei, János Fürst(†), László Gerhát, Michael Gläser, Sándor Gyüdi, Gábor Hollerung, József Horváth, Robert Houlihan, Ilarion Ionescu Galati, Salamon Kamp, Gergely Kaposi, Gábor Kardos, Fahrettin Kerimov, Cornelia von Kerssenbrock, Hooman Khalatbari, Ferenc Koczka, Géza Köteles, László Kovács, Franz Lamprecht, Gergely Ménesi, Ilona Meskó, Reynold Meylan, Florentin Mihăescu, László Molnár, Ferenc Nagy, Pál Németh, Gábor Oláh, Shinya Ozaki, Zoltán Pad, Tamás Pál, Márton Rácz, Romeo Rimbu, Steffen Schlandt, Georg Schmöhe, Michael Sekulla, Csaba Somos, Kálmán Strausz, Lóránd Szalman (†), Ferenc Sapszon, Géza Török, Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, György Vashegyi, István Zimányi. He has worked with the stage-managers: Miklós Szinetár, Csaba Káel, Mária Angyal (†), Mihály Kerényi, Mária Harangi, Balázs Paróczai, Attila Toronykői, Attila Demény, Dénes Gulyás, László Bagossy, Balázs Kovalik , Csaba Némedi, Miklós Somai , Petra-Luisa Meyer, Ferkay Tamás, András Kürthy, Bodolay, László Készeg, Viktor Nagy.

CD-DVD Recordings: Tenor solo in Misa Brevis (Zoltán Kodály) with Pécs Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Aurél Tillai (CD, 2004); Tenor solo in Die Schöpfung (Haydn) with the Szeged Symphonic Orchestra and soloists József Gregor and Tatiana Davidova (DVD, 2005); Tenor solo in Inno alla Pace and Our Lady of Heavens (Luciano Simoni) with Marosvásárhely Philharmonic Orchestra, coducted by Rambu Romeo (CD, 2006); Tenor solo in Carmina Burana (C. Orff) with Békéscsaba Symphonic Orchestra, conducted by Dániel Somogyi-Tóth (CD-DVD, 2010); Ebelasztin role in Háry János (Zoltán Kodály) with the Hungarian State Operahouse (2013).

” … it is rare to hear a trained lyric bel canto tenor like János Szerekován on a Hungarian stage…” - Tibor Tallián, Muzsika (2005)

Source: János Szerekován Website; Photos: 03, 04, 08, 16, 24, 27 Művész fotók; Photos 34, 92: Egyéni Képek
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Salamon Kamp


BWV 17 [2014], BWV 31 [2015]

István Zimániyi


V-3 (2013, Video): BWV 245 [1st recording]

Links to other Sites

János Szerekován (Official Website) [English/Hungarian]
Szerekován János operaénekes on Facebook
Szerekován János (Wikipedia) [Hungarian]

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