On 8 January 2021, two young talents, brother and sister András Kiss and Anna Kissjudit presented their favourite arias in the Masquerade programme streamed from the Sándor Hevesi Stage of the Eiffel Art Studios from 8:00 p.m. on Facebook and Origo.hu.
Mezzo-soprano Anna Kissjudit started her vocal studies under Olga Szilágyi, and obtained her degree at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 2020 as a student of Katalin Halmai and Imola Pogány. She has won several prizes at Hungarian and international singing competitions. In recent years, audiences have had the chance to see her at the Budapest Spring Festival, the International Saitn Gellert Festival and the Budapest Wagner Days. In 2019, she made her debut at the Erkel Theatre as La Cieca in La Gioconda by Ponchielli. From the 2020/21 season, she has been a member of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden opera stuido in Berlin. She has won scholarships from the Liz Mohn Foundation for Culture and Music and the Oper in Berlin. As a scholar of the Budapest Wagner Society, she has been given the opportunity to take part at the Bayreuther Festspiele in 2021.
Like his sister, bass-baritone András Kiss started his vocal studies in 2004 under Olga Szilágyi, and later continued his studies in Szeged as a student of Mária Temesi. Between 2005 and 2008 he won the grand prize at the Northern Hungary Singing Competition in Balassagyarmat three times in the art song category and once in the opera category. He has made successful appearances in the National and International József Simándy Singing Competition, and has also been a finalist at Verona’s La bohème competition. In the autumn of 2014, he made his debut at the Hungarian State Opera in Ernő Dohnányi’s comic opera The Tenor. He has since appeared regularly at the Opera, mostly in pieces by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi. In 2018, he received the Hungarian Bronze Cross of Merit.
Artistic directors of the performance: Orsolya Magyar and Katalin Kovács
Hosted by Melitta Gyüdi
Pianist: Pálma Hidegkuti
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro – Bartolo's aria from Act 1 ("La vendetta") – András Kiss
Wagner: Das Rheingold – Erda's monolgue ("Weiche, Wotan, weiche!") – Anna Kissjudit
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia – Don Basilio's aria from Act 1 ("La calunnia è un venticello") – András Kiss
Verdi: Il trovatore – Azucena's aria from Act 2 ("Stride la vampa") – Anna Kissjudit
Verdi: Macbeth – Banco's aria from Act 2 ("Come dal ciel precipita") – András Kiss
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila – Dalila's aria from Act 2 ("Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix") – Anna Kissjudit
Rossini: Duetto buffo di due gatti – Anna Kissjudit and András Kiss
Photo by Péter Rákossy