Márta Szücs

dramatic coloratura soprano

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Márta Szücs

dramatic coloratura soprano
(Hungarian State Opera)

She started her musical studies in early childhood: she was playing the violin and singing. In 1976 she became a student at the Liszt Academy of Music. In her exams she sang the Queen of the Night, Constanze (The Abduction from the Seraglio), Olympia and Antonia (The Tales of Hoffmann).

She finishes her studies at the Liszt Academy of Music at Prof. Olga von Révhegyi.
In the same year she makes her debut as Gilda in Rigoletto, with Piero Cappuccilli, who says later, "I sang with the best Gilda of my career on the stage of the Erkel Theatre".

She gets two parts: the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Violetta in La Traviata.

In the International Bel Canto Concours in Brussels she gets the award for the best female singer, with the mad scene of Lucia.

She has great success in the role of Gilda at the Scottish Opera in Glasgow, going on tour with them all over Britain (Edinburgh, Leeds, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Liverpool etc.).

She auditions in the Vienna State Opera for Lorin Maazel, who immediately invites her to sing Violetta there. She sings the part there several times.

After Vienna she appears on the stages of the opera houses in Hamburg, Berlin, Nice, Las Palmas, Liege, Monte Carlo, Graz, in the role of Violetta, Lucia and Gilda.
Debut in the part of Anna Bolena, for which she gets the Székely Mihály Award in Hungary. In Berlin and Nice, she sings Anna Bolena with Nesterenko several times.
In Hungary she gets the Liszt Ferenc Award, for the interpretation of dramatic coloratura parts.

The Hungarian TV makes an opera film from Verdi's Rigoletto, in which she sings Gilda.
Debut as Juliette in Gounod's opera. She also sings this role in Valencia with great success.
In Monte Carlo she sings the leading role (Eurilla) in Cimarosa's Il Pittor Parigino. A recording of the opera is made for the Hungaroton label, with Tamás Pál conducting.

She sings the main part Anaide in the premiere of Rossini's Mosé in Budapest, with Lamberto Gardelli conducting. The Hungarian TV makes an opera film from three live performances.

She participates in "Bel Canto" concerts in Munich, with Lucia and Gilda, getting very positive reviews.

In Barcelona she sings the part of Giselda in Verdi's I Lombardi with great success.
In Budapest she is Giulietta in the concert performance of Bellini's "I Capuleti e I Montecchi" (with Julia Hamari as Romeo).

Debut as Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux, in St. Gallen, where she sings the part twelve times.

A new production of Erkel's Bánk bán in Budapest, where she sings the leading soprano role Melinda. After the premiere the Hungarian TV makes an opera film from this production.

New Budapest production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, where she sings the title role. The performance is named by critics as the year's performance.

With her friends and supporters she establishes the Opera Historica Foundation, for performing historical operas. The Foundation's first performances take place on 19 & 21 Dec. 1996, with the concert performances of Bellini's I Puritani, getting very good reviews.

The Hungarian State Opera will celebrate Bellini's 200th birthday with concert performances of Bellini's La Sonnambula, with Ms. Szűcs in the title role (November 3 & 6, 2001).

She has performed with the following artists (among others):

Francisco Araiza, Renato Bruson, Piero Cappuccilli, Vinson Cole, Peter Dvorsky, Julia Hamari, Jennifer Larmore, Mario Malagnini, Sherrill Milnes, Michael Myers, John Rawnsly.

Miklós Erdélyi, János Ferencsik, Lamberto Gardelli, Giuseppe Patané, Rico Saccani, Leif Segerstam, István Soltész, Alberto Zedda.