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biography

Klára Kolonits is a dramatic coloratura soprano born in Budapest. Her recent stage engagements include premieres of Norma in Nadine Duffaut’s staging followed by a successful run of 13 shows, as well as Lucia di Lammermoor (in original keys) and Les Huguenots in Hungarian State Opera, Bellini’s I Puritani with Riccardo Frizza and Verdi’s Attila in Nürnberg, in Peter Konwitschny’s staging.

On the concert stage she is particularly appraised for her interpretation of soprano part in Verdi’s Requiem, that she frequently performs: among others in Yekaterinburg with Dmitry Liss and in Budapest with Daniele Rustioni.

Klára Kolonits’ plans for the upcoming season concentrate among two genres particularly close to her heart: Bel Canto and Lieder. She returns to the Hungarian State Opera stage as Marguerite de Valois and Lucia, and in Spring she will perform Violetta in La Traviata in Hungarian Opera of Cluj, Romania. On the concert stage, accompanied by Dániel Dinyés, she interprets among others songs of Debussy, Korngold, Grieg and Schumann. With Bálint Zsoldos, she also gives recitals of Rachmaninov and Liszt song repertoire (Budapest Spring Festival 2019)

Klára Kolonits graduated from Franz Liszt Academy of Music, joining the ensemble of the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen afterwards. Her first engagements were Nannetta in Falstaff, Contessa d’Almaviva, Olympia-Giulietta-Antonia in Tales of Hoffmann, Fiordiligi in Cosí fan tutte and the Queen of the Night.

After having won a series of prizes in major music competitions she has been engaged by the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, remaining its soloist since then. On the Budapest stage she presented herself in roles such as Mozart’s Donna Anna, Fiordiligi, Konstanze, Fauno (Ascanio in Alba) and Queen of the Night, Bellini’s Giulietta (I Capuleti ed i Montecchi) and Norma, Donizetti’s Lucia, Meyerbeer’s Marguerite, Verdi’s Violetta, Odabella (during Summer Opera Festival), Gilda and Luisa Miller, Erkel’s Melinda (Bánk Bán) and Szilágyi Erzsébet (Hunyadi László), the last ones being the Hungarian examples of Italian-inspired Bel Canto.

Her guest appearances include Violetta in Bratislava, Ljubljana, Osijek, Ostrava, Debrecen, Schloss-Kirchstetten and Szombathely, Gilda in Cluj and Miskolc, Odabella in Nürnberg and Miskolc, Olympia-Giulietta-Antonia in Szolnok, Brno and Gjon, Elvira in Puritani in Pécs and Zamárdi, Lucia di Lammermoor in Szombathely and in an open-air production in Budapest, Beatrice di Tenda and Lucrezia Borgia in Copenhagen, Donna Anna in Prague, Brno, Zagreb, Kosice and Gars am Kamp, Queen of the night in Amsterdam, Hague, Weimar, Linz, Debrecen and during the Savonlinna Opera Festival where she sung the role in Finnish.

Klára Kolonits has a broad concert repertoire, from numerous Mozart concert and sacred arias (Popoli di Tessaglia, Vorrei spiegarvi o Dio, No che non sei capace, Exultate Iubilate – to name a few), Haendel’s Resurrezione (the part of Angel) and Verdi’s Requiem, through immensely rich Lied/Art Song literature sung in original languages up to contemporary pieces (Kurtág, Eötvös, Boulez). She took part in the Hungarian and world premieres of the works written by, among others, Jörg Widmann, Dániel Dinyés and Gija Kantscheli.

In 2009 under the label of Hunnia Records her Liszt Songs CD album appeared: consequently, in 2010 she was awarded a prestigious Liszt Prize. In 2013 and again in 2018 she received the title of Kammersängerin of the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest.

Recorded with Hungarian Studio Orchestra under the baton of Dániel Dinyés, the Bel Canto Reloaded album was issued in December 2014. It consists of gems of Bel Canto literature such as Anna Bolena’s complete mad scene, Elvira’s aria from I Puritani and fanfarous cabaletta from the first edition of Verdi’s Macbeth. Having quickly received unanimously enthusiastic reviews from the critics and the audience, it has also caused a growing interest in that particular repertoire and style.

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awards

2018

Hungarian Academy of Arts’ Grant

Kammersängerin of the Hungarian State Opera
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According to the German music thetre tradition, the title is an honour granted to the distinguished singers of opera and classical music. Historically, the title was bestowed by princes or kings, when it was styled Hofkammersänger(in).

2016

Vastaps Special Prize
For Fiordiligi in József Katona Theatre
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Vastaps prizes are granted by Katona Theatre sponsors and audience for outstanding performances during the past season.

Award of Excellence
For Violetta in Debrecen
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The prize, founded by the city of Debrecen and various sponsors, is granted for outstanding performance(s) during the past season. Traviata in the staging of Nadine Duffaut has been a very successful run and Klára Kolonits in the role of Violetta has been exceptionally praised by critics and the audiences both in Debrecen and Budapest.

Székely Mihály Memorial Award
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Founded after Mihály Szekély’s death and first awarded in 1964 to Róbert Ilosfalvy, the award goes to one opera singer each year. The mutual choice of the Hungarian State Opera and Fészek Artists Association was Klára Kolonits: “in recognition of the singer’s talent and its development, her artistic achievements, personal attitude and love for the theatre.”  The Mihály Szekély memorial medal was created by sculptor István Csillag.

2013

Kammersängerin of the Hungarian State Opera
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According to the German music thetre tradition, the title is an honour granted to the distinguished singers of opera and classical music. Historically, the title was bestowed by princes or kings, when it was styled Hofkammersänger(in).

2011

Fonogram Award Nomination
Liszt Songs CD
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Called also the Hungarian Grammy, Fonogram Hungarian Music Award is granted for outstanding achievements in the music industry to the musical albums and recording artists since 1992.

2010

Liszt Prize
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Liszt Prize is the highest Hungarian honour in the field of music. Awarded by the Hungarian State in recognition of the exceptional achievements in theoretical and performative musical activity since 1952.

2005

Artisjus Prize
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Artisjus Prize is granted for the important role of performing and popularizing Hungarian music.

2003

2nd place and special prize
International Haydn Singing Competition

2000

1st place and special prize
Hungarian Radio Singing Competition

1997

Special prize
Toti dal Monte singing competition, Treviso

2nd place
3rd Budapest International Singing Competition

current stage repertoire

G. Rossini:

V. Bellini:

F. Erkel:

J. Offenbach:

J. Strauss:

R. Strauss

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concert repertoire

A. Vivaldi:

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Gloria

G. F. Händel:

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Il Resurrezione: Angelo
Messiah

G. Pergolesi:

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J. Haydn:

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Stabat Mater
Die Jahreszeiten
Die Schöpfung
Nelson-Messe
Kleine Orgelmesse
Assorted concert arias and songs:
Scena di Berenice
Infelice, sventurata
Ragion nell’alma siede
Aure chete

M. Haydn:

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Kaiser Constantin I Feldung und Zieg

L. Boccherini:

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Assorted concert arias

W. A. Mozart:

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Mass in C minor
Coronation Mass
Davide Penitente
Regina Coeli
Laudate Dominum
Exultate, Jubilate
Requiem
Assorted concert arias and songs:
Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio
No, che non sei capace
Popoli di Tessaglia
Schön lasst die holde Frühling
Ah, se in ciel benigne stelle
Voi avete un cor fedele

L. van Beethoven:

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Symphony no. 9
Christus am Ölberge
Assorted concert arias and songs

G. Rossini:

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Stabat Mater
Assorted songs and cycles:
La regata veneziana

F. Schubert:

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Assorted songs

G. Donizetti:

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Assorted songs

V. Bellini:

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Assorted songs

Fanny Mendelssohn:

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Assorted songs

Felix Mendelssohn:

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Hör mein Bitten, Herr
Assorted songs

F. Chopin:

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Assorted songs

C. Alkan

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Anciennes mélodies de la synagogue

R. Schumann:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Frauenliebe und Leben
Dichterliebe
Liederkreis

F. Liszt:

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Christus
Esztergom Mass
Coronation Mass
Assorted songs and cycles:
Tre sonetti di Petrarca

R. Wagner:

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G. Verdi:

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C. Gounod

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Assorted songs

C. Wieck-Schumann:

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A. Bruckner:

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Te Deum

J. Brahms:

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Ein Deutsches Requiem
Assorted Songs

M. Mussorgski:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Песни и пляски смерти
Детская

P. Tchaikovsky:

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A. Dvořák:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Biblické písně

E. Grieg:

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G. Fauré:

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Assorted songs

L. Janáček:

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Řikadla pro komorní sbor a 10 nástrojů

E. Chausson:

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Assorted songs and duets

J. Hubay:

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Ara Pacis
Assorted songs

H. Wolf:

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Assorted songs

G. Mahler:

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Symphony no. 2
Symphony no. 8
Assorted songs and cycles:
Kindertotenlieder

C. Debussy:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Ariettes Oubliées

R. Strauss:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Mädchenblumen
Vier letzte Lieder

A. Zemlinsky:

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Waldgespräch
Maiblumen blühten überall

S. Rachmaninov

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A. Schönberg:

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Brettllieder

C. Ives:

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M. Ravel:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Shéhérazade
5 Mélodies populaires grecques

E. Dohnányi:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Im Lebenslenz

O. Respighi:

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B. Bartók:

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Assorted songs

Z. Kodály:

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Budavári Te Deum
Assorted songs

A. Berg:

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7 frühe Lieder

E. Korngold:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Four Shakespeare Songs Op.31
Drei Lieder Op.22

G. Gershwin

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Assorted songs

G. von Zieritz:

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Japanische Lieder

F. Farkas:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Gyümölcskosár

D. Shostakovitch:

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Сатиры

O. Messaien

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Assorted songs and cycles:
Chants de Terre et de Ciel

B. Britten:

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Ceremony of Carols
Spring Symphony
Assorted songs

G. Kurtág:

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József Attila töredékek
Assorted songs

J. Decsényi:

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Régi magyar szövegek

J. Soproni:

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Mise

E. Petrovics:

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I Cantata
Lysistrate

S. Szokolay:

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Tűz márciusa

G. Kancheli:

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Exil

Z. Jeney:

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Halotti szertartás

G. Orbán:

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Naphimnusz
Stabat Mater

G. Selmeczi:

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Halott város
Assorted songs

J. Widmann:

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Experiment on a Fugue

L. Gyöngyösi:

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Szimfónia
Vanitatum vanitas
Assorted songs

D. Dinyés:

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Vita
Libertà, libertà
Új Énekek
Canti senza parole
P.o.E. – Poetry or Epic, easy songs over not an easy subject.