Péter Balczó


Péter Balczó
opera singer tenor
Debrecen-born tenor Péter Balczó first got the chance to display his talent at his home town's Csokonai Theatre, in the role of Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and then went on to expand his repertoire as a soloist with increasingly difficult operatic characters. At the Armel Opera Competition and Festival in 2010, after giving a memorable portrayal of Alfredo Germont (La traviata), he was named the best male performer of the competition. In 2011, he also got to demonstrate that he belonged in international opera life with various performances abroad (including in Don Giovanni in Italy, in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in Slovenia and La bohème in Romania, with later appearances in theatres in Kassa [Košice], Maribor and Oman). In 2012, back in Hungary, he won over the audiences in venues around the country (in Szeged, Miskolc, Pécs and Szombathely) with his portrayals of classic heroes like Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Rodolfo (La bohème). He debuted at the Hungarian State Opera in the role of Alfredo Germont before finding his way to complex characters such as the title role in Hunyadi László, Fenton (Falstaff), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore), Kornélis (Saint-Saëns's La princesse jaune) and Tom Rakewell (The Rake's Progress). An important junction in this phase of his career was the city of Szombathely, where he tested his mettle in the dramatic tenor role of La forza del destino (2013) and as the lyric character of Lensky in Onegin (2014). In 2015, he took the stage of the Budapest Operetta Theatre in the role of Alfred in Johann Strauss's grand operetta Die Fledermaus.

Education and training:
University of Debrecen Faculty of Music (2003-2009) – teacher: Éva Mohos Nagy
Kunstuniversität Graz (2005-2006) – teacher: Claudia Rüggeberg
Zoltán Kodály High School of Music, Debrecen, solo voice (2001-2003) – teacher: Vilhelmina Papp 
Simonffy Emil Music School, Debrecen, violin (1990-2002) – teacher: Mrs. Zsolt Szesztay
Master classes:
Mirella Freni, Dénes Gulyás, Júlia Hamari

Competitions:
Wilhelm Stenhammar International Singing Competition, Norrköping, Sweden – fourth place (2012)
Puccini International Singing Competition, Lucca, Italy – Teatro Comunale di Bologna's special prize (2011)
Armel Opera Competition and Festival, Szeged, Hungary – shared first place (2010)
Second International Gianluca Ricci Singing Competition, Montefiore Conca, Italy – second place (2010)
International Tenor Competition, Jyväskylä, Finland – third place Opera (2009)
Competition and Festival with Mezzo Television, Szeged, Hungary – finalist (2009)
Simándy József Singing Competition, Szeged, Hungary – Amarilli special prize (2007)
International Singing Competition, Deutschlandsberg, Austria – finalist (2005)
József Simándy Singing Competition, Szeged, Hungary – special prize (2005)

Awards and recognitions:
Vilmos Rubányi Award, for achievement during the season (2015)
Dömötör Award, for male opera singer of the season based on audience voting (2011, 2012)
Simándy Commemorative Plaque (2012)
Young Opera Singer of the Season Award, for achievement during the season, Szeged (2011)
Award of Excellence, for achievement in Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride (2007)

Performances

2018. September 1.2018-09-01
Bánk bán – Arena of Beregszász
2018. December 1.2018-12-01
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 4.2018-12-04
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 6.2018-12-06
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 9.2018-12-09
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 13.2018-12-13
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 16.2018-12-16
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 17.2018-12-17
Leoncavallo: La bohème
2018. December 31.2018-12-31
Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
2019. January 2.2019-01-02
Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
2019. January 3.2019-01-03
Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
2019. January 5.2019-01-05
Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
2019. February 10.2019-02-10
Lucia di Lammermoor
2019. February 14.2019-02-14
Lucia di Lammermoor
2019. February 23.2019-02-23
Lucia di Lammermoor
2019. March 14.2019-03-14
Bánk bán
2019. March 21.2019-03-21
Bánk bán
2019. April 2.2019-04-02
Bánk bán
2019. April 5.2019-04-05
Porgy and Bess®
2019. April 7.2019-04-07
Bánk bán
2019. April 7.2019-04-07
Porgy and Bess®
2019. April 13.2019-04-13
Porgy and Bess®
2019. April 14.2019-04-14
L’oca del Cairo, ossia Lo sposo deluso (The Goose of Cairo or The Deluded Bridegroom)
2019. April 18.2019-04-18
L’oca del Cairo, ossia Lo sposo deluso (The Goose of Cairo or The Deluded Bridegroom)
2019. April 25.2019-04-25
Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci
2019. April 27.2019-04-27
Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci
2019. April 28.2019-04-28
Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci
2019. May 18.2019-05-18
Manon Lescaut
2019. May 22.2019-05-22
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. May 24.2019-05-24
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. May 25.2019-05-25
Manon Lescaut
2019. May 30.2019-05-30
Manon Lescaut
2019. June 3.2019-06-03
Il trittico (Il tabarro; Suor Angelica; Gianni Schicchi)
2019. June 4.2019-06-04
Il trittico (Il tabarro; Suor Angelica; Gianni Schicchi)
2019. August 1.2019-08-01
Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci
2019. August 4.2019-08-04
Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci