Zoltán Kelemen


Zoltán Kelemen
Opera singer baritone
Although initially inclined to become a prose actor, his interest turned toward opera as a high-school student. In 1993 he was accepted into the chorus of the Csokonai Theatre of Debrecen, and was being given minor roles as early as his first season (the Notary in Don Pasquale and Biberach in Bánk bán). Meanwhile, he spent three years studying voice with Éva Mohos Nagy. In the spring of 1995 he jumped in to sing the role of Alfio in the premiere of an Italian-language production of Cavalleria rusticana, whereupon he was appointed a soloist. In June 1995, he sang the role of Belcore in the Second International Budapest Singing Competition, which was based around the roles of L'elisir d'amore. At the jury's request, he continued in the semi-finals as Dulcamara, and then went on to win the entire competition in this role. The victory in the international competition brought four appearances at the Opera House and six in Verona, in addition to which, he also received the opportunity to make his debut at the Erkel Theatre in 1996 in the role of Alfio. Since the autumn of 1996, he has been a soloist with the National Theatre of Szeged. He has made guest appearances at several opera galas in Austria and Germany, alongside leading luminaries of the opera world. He has also appeared at Oratorio recitals, including at the Matthias Church in Buda's Castle District, at Müpa Budapest, at Szeged Cathedral, and the basilicas of Győr and Eger. His repertoire consists of around 70 roles; with characters ranging from buffo basses to lyrical baritones to Verdi's heroic baritones, he has sung more than 40 principal roles in his career so far. It is the dramatic baritone roles for which he has the greatest affinity. In 2012 he sang Jago in Verdi's Otello at the Opera House, and since then has regularly appeared both there and at the Erkel Theatre in numerous principal roles. In 2013 he toured Japan with the Opera's production of La traviata. He made his debut at the Margaret Island Open-air Stage as King Solomon in Goldmark's opera Die Königin von Saba, and has been invited to portray Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La traviata there in 2016.

Awards and recognitions:
Dömötör Prize (2008, 2013 and 2015)
Viktor Vaszy Prize (2008 and 2013)
Named “Singer of the Season” by the Friends of the Opera Society of Szeged (multiple occasions)

Principal roles:
Verdi: Rigoletto  Rigoletto
Verdi: Macbeth  Macbeth
Verdi: La forza del destino  Don Carlos
Verdi: Otello  Jago
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra  Simon Boccanegra
Verdi: La traviata  Giorgio Germont
Verdi: Il trovatore  Count di Luna
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera  Renato
Verdi: Falstaff  Ford
Verdi: Don Carlos  Marquis of Posa
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor  Lord Ashton
Donizetti: Don Pasquale  Doctor Malatesta
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore  Dulcamara
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro  Count Almaviva, Bartolo
Mozart: Don Giovanni  Masetto, Commendatore
Puccini: Tosca  Scarpia
Puccini: La bohème  Marcello
Puccini: Manon Lescaut  Sergeant Lescaut
Puccini: Madama Butterfly  Sharpless
Puccini: Turandot  Ping
Giordano: Andrea Chénier  Gérard
Offenbach: Les contes de Hoffmann  Lindorf, Coppélius, Dapertutto, Dr. Miracle
Ciléa: Adriana Lecouvreur  Michonnet
Boito: Mefistofele  Mefistofele
Berlioz: La damnation de Faust  Méphistophélès
Gounod: Faust  Valentin
Goldmark: Die Königin von Saba  King Salamon
Strauss: Die Rosenkavalier  Faninal
Erkel: Bánk bán  Petur bán
Erkel: Hunyadi László  Miklós Gara
Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini  Gianciotto
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana  Alfio
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci  Tonio
Rossini: La Cenerentola  Dandini
Oratorios:
Bach: St. John Passion
Mozart: Mass in C minor
Puccini: Messa di Gloria
Brahms: German Requiem
Orff: Carmina Burana
Janáček: Glagolitic Mass
Fauré: Requiem
Liszt: The Legend of Saint Elizabeth

Performances

2018. September 1.2018-09-01
Bánk bán – Arena of Beregszász
2018. September 11.2018-09-11
Carpathian Homeland Tour Plus: Zagreb - Erkel: Hunyadi László
2018. September 14.2018-09-14
National Tour - Turandot
2018. September 16.2018-09-16
National Tour - Turandot
2018. October 12.2018-10-12
National Tour - Turandot
2018. October 14.2018-10-14
National Tour - Turandot
2018. November 2.2018-11-02
New York tour – Die Königin von Saba
2019. January 10.2019-01-10
Simon Boccanegra
2019. January 13.2019-01-13
Die Königin von Saba
2019. March 16.2019-03-16
Bánk bán
2019. March 29.2019-03-29
Bánk bán
2019. March 31.2019-03-31
La traviata
2019. April 4.2019-04-04
La traviata
2019. April 7.2019-04-07
Bánk bán
2019. April 12.2019-04-12
La traviata
2019. April 21.2019-04-21
Easter with Mascagni (Messa di Gloria; Cavalleria rusticana)
2019. May 20.2019-05-20
Messa di Gloria / Le Villi
2019. August 1.2019-08-01
Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci
2019. August 4.2019-08-04
Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci
2019. September 1.2019-09-01
Hunyadi László
2019. September 7.2019-09-07
Hunyadi László
2019. September 10.2019-09-10
The Queen of Sheba (Die Königin von Saba) — Tel Aviv
2019. October 9.2019-10-09
Hunyadi László
2019. October 10.2019-10-10
Hunyadi László
2019. October 14.2019-10-14
Hunyadi László
2019. October 15.2019-10-15
Hunyadi László
2019. October 17.2019-10-17
Hunyadi László
2020. March 13.2020-03-13
Bánk bán
2020. March 15.2020-03-15
Bánk bán
2020. March 20.2020-03-20
Bánk bán
2020. March 22.2020-03-22
Bánk bán
2020. March 26.2020-03-26
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci
2020. March 28.2020-03-28
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci
2020. March 29.2020-03-29
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci
2020. April 5.2020-04-05
Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci
2020. April 12.2020-04-12
Messa di Gloria; Cavalleria rusticana
2020. April 17.2020-04-17
Messa di Gloria; Cavalleria rusticana