My name is Klára Kolonits. I’m an opera singer – dramatic coloratura soprano. Since 2010 I am actively teaching, coaching, as well as helping my colleagues in taking important career decisions.
I’ve been making music since I was six years old. Initially I sang in choirs and played the flute. I started the Choir Conducting Department at the Music Academy, and I’ve been one of the founders of Purcell Choir. After my first oratorio solos I decided to focus on singing, initially with Katalin Schultz. Subsequently, I changed the area of my studies at the Music Academy too, where my teacher was Zsuzsa Forrai. Even before I got my diploma, my stage career begun. Initially I joined the theatre ensemble in Debrecen, then in Szeged, I took part in tournées, spent some years as primadonna in Budapest Operetta Theatre. Since 2002 I am a soloist of Hungarian State Opera. My international engagements include those in Toulouse, Weimar, Linz, Nürnberg, Savonlinna, Prague, Bratislava, Zágráb or Ljubljana.
In 2010, healing from a serious illness, I was forced to change my singing technique and thus also my repertoire – since then, major part of my activity concentrates on the Italian and French bel canto, as well as similarly demanding main parts in the operas of Ferenc Erkel. Answering the needs of my colleagues in the choirs and also having their respective soloist careers, I took up teaching and coaching, in order to be able to share my own experiences and therefore help others in finding their ideal technique, repertoire and style.
In 2018 I received a scholarship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The official title of my project is:
Presentation of possible directions and practices in singing career through a variety of new methods.
My goal is collecting such a library of articles and videos, that would serve as a universal resource for young people interested in singing. I would like to give ideas and references to all vocal genres, classical or not, providing help in choosing the right path in each case, depending on the individual talents and possibilities – but also to raise more interest in more complex forms of art, such as opera.