Gabriella Létay Kiss


Gabriella Létay Kiss
opera singer soprano
Gabriella Létay Kiss graduated with honours from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1999 with a diploma in voice, and later, between 2001 and 2003, was a member of the Opera Studio. She has participated in master classes held by Anna Reynolds and Renata Scotto, among others. In 2000, she was awarded both first prize and a special prize at the Hungarian Radio Singing Competition. During the 2014/15 season, she was named Chamber Singer of the Hungarian State Opera season, where she has sung since 2001. She also makes regular concert appearances, including in Bergamo, Verona, Montreal and Abu Dhabi. In 2006 Hungaroton issued a world premiere release of César Franck's complete songs as performed by Létay Kiss. Her lyric mezzo-soprano roles include the title role in La Cenerentola, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Cherubino (Il nozze di Figaro). Since 2005, she has been singing soprano roles, which include Liù (Turandot) Mimì (La boheme), the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Rusalka and Suor Angelica, as well as Marguerite (Faust), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Desdemona (Otello) and Leonora (Il trovatore).

Education and training:
Opera Studio (2001-2003)
Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music (1999) – Faculty of Vocal and Opera Studies, university degree with honours
Master classes:
Brigitte Fassbaender, Júlia Hamari, Anna Reynolds, Renata Scotto

Competitions:
Hungarian Radio Singing Competition – First Place and Special Prize (the latter awarding an opportunity to perform a concert abroad) (2000)

Awards and distinctions:
Ferenc Liszt Award (2019)
Knight's Cross (civilian division) of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2017)
Chamber Singer of the Hungarian State Opera (2014/2015)

Professional work:
Hungarian State Opera (2001-) – Vocal soloist
Concerts:
Hungarian Radio's Marble
Hall, Bergamo, Merano, Verona, Rimini, Montreal, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi
Audio recordings:
The complete songs of César Franck, the first time they were ever recorded as a complete set (HUNGAROTON, 2006)

Principal roles:
Lyric mezzo-soprano roles (until 2005):
Gounod: Roméo et Juliette Stéphano
Rossini: La Cenerentola – Angelina
Rossini: The Barber of Seville – Rosina
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro – Cherubino
Soprano roles (after 2005):
Puccini: Turandot – Liù
Puccini: La Bohème – Mimì
Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Cio-Cio san
Mozart: The Magic Flute – Pamina
Dvořák: Rusalka – Rusalka
Tchaikovsky: Onegin – Tatiana
Boito: Mefistofele – Margherita, Elena
Bizet: Carmen – Micaëla
Verdi: Otello – Desdemona
Puccini: Suor Angelica – Suor Angelica
Gounod: Faust – Marguerite
Verdi: Il trovatore – Leonora

Performances

2019. November 2.2019-11-02
Requiem
2019. November 4.2019-11-04
Requiem
2019. December 20.2019-12-20
La bohème
2019. December 22.2019-12-22
La bohème
2019. December 28.2019-12-28
La bohème
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 23.2020-04-23
Manon Lescaut
2020. April 25.2020-04-25
Manon Lescaut
2020. April 30.2020-04-30
Manon Lescaut
2020. May 3.2020-05-03
Manon Lescaut
2020. May 19.2020-05-19
Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)
2020. May 22.2020-05-22
Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)
2020. May 27.2020-05-27
Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)
2020. May 31.2020-05-31
Dialogues des Carmélites (Dialogues of the Carmelites)