Born in Budapest in 1946, Gábor Gárday studied at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music between 1967 and 1970 as a student of Dr. Jenő Sípos. In 1977 he graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest with a specialisation in operetta, later winning the Battista Ferrari Scholarship to study in Rome in 1983. A member of the of the Hungarian State Opera's chorus between 1970 and 1977, he then went on to sing as a soloist at the Budapest Operetta Theatre until 1990. Since 1990, he has been a soloist at the Hungarian State Opera, where one of his most outstanding successes has been in the role of Casanova in Ferenc Farkas's opera A Gentleman from Venice at the work's world premiere. His principal roles include those of Sid (in Britten's Albert Herring), Cillei and Zápolya (in Erkel's Hunyadi László and Dózsa György, respectively), Bagó (in Kacsóh's John the Valiant), Jupiter (in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld), the Sacristan (in Tosca), as well as Gianni Schicchi, Garda Roberto (in Ránki's King Pomádé's New Clothes), Dr. Falke (in Die Fledermaus), Zsupán (in The Gypsy Baron) and Melitone (in La forza del destino).