In the 13 December 2020 episode of Masquerade Chamber Singer for the 2016/17 season, mezzo-soprano Atala Schöck gave an aria recital on the Sándor Hevesi Stage of the Eiffel Art Studios. The event was streamed from 8:00 p.m. on the Facebook page of the Opera and Origo.hu.
Atala Schöck won the József Simándy Singing Competition in 1998, two years later she came third at the Hungarian Radio Singing Competition. It was still in 2000 that she graduated the Music Academy. After the stages of Szeged and Budapest, audiences in Dresden, Frankfurt, Prague, Vienna, Palermo, Turin, Brussels, Paris and Bayreuth also got to know her talent. Her achievements were awarded by the Ferenc Liszt Award in 2017. Beside her operatic roles, she is a regular interpreter of baroque and classical oratorios. For her recital, she has chosen favourites from 250 years of opera from Purcell to R. Strauss. One of her guests was soprano Orsolya Sáfár, Chamber Singer for the 2018/19 season, the surprise guest was a young talent, the Junor Prima Award recipient Bence Pataki. The programme directed by Orsolya Magyari was hosted by Szilveszter Ókovács, featured on the piano was Klára Jean.
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas – Dido's lament from Act 3 ("Thy hand, Belinda... When I am laid in earth")
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito – Sextus's rondeau ("Deh, per questo istante solo")
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro – Figaro's aria in C Major from Act 1 ("Non più andrai, farfallone amoroso") – performed by Bence Pataki
Wagner: Die Walküre – Fricka's monologue ("So ist es denn aus, mit den ewigen Göttern")
Erkel: Hunyadi László – Mária Gara's cabaletta from Act 3 („"Ah, szememben mámor s öröm ragyog") – performed by Orsolya Sáfár
Massenet: Werther – Charlotte's aria from Act 3 ("Va! Laisse couler mes larmes")
Grieg: Lyric Pieces – Gade, Op. 57, No. 2 – performed by Klára Jean
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila – Ode to spring ("Printemps qui commance")
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier – Octavian and Sophie's duet from Act 2 ("Mir ist die Ehre widerfahren") – featuring Orsolya Sáfár
Photo by Attila Nagy