Klára Kolonits is a dramatic coloratura soprano born in Budapest. Her current engagements for 2016/2017 season include Lucia di Lammermoor premiere in Budapest, Bel Canto gala concerts, Bellini’s I Puritani with Riccardo Frizza and Verdi’s Attila in Nürnberg, in Peter Konwitschny’s staging. On the concert stage she performs among others Verdi’s Requiem in Yekaterinburg with Dmitry Liss and in Budapest with Giacomo Sagripanti, as well as Mahler’s II Symphony and Haydn concert arias.

Her plans for 2017/2018 concentrate around Bel Canto with Les Huguenots premiere in October, Norma premiere in January, Lucia shows in March and Ernani premiere in April.

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), 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 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.

AWARDS

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.

2016 | 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.

2016 | 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

1997 | 2nd place
3rd Budapest International Singing Competition

1997 | 2nd place
3rd Budapest International Singing Competition