On 5 November 2020, opera singers Kinga Kriszta and Lajos Geiger gave a joint aria recital on the Sándor Hevesi Stage of the Eiffel Art Studios. The performance was available from 8:00 p.m. on Facebook and Origo.hu.
Soprano Kinga Kriszta studied singing in Debrecen, where she became a member of the chorus at the Csokonai Theatre. There, she was given the opportunity to perform soloist's roles in operas by Smetana, Mussorgsky and Erkel. She made her debut as Papagena at the Hungarian State Opera in 2010, where she also sang Pamina the same year. She can be seen in roles of heroines in Hungarian operas – Mária Gara (Hunyadi László), Melinda (The Viceroy Bánk) and Iluska (John the Valiant) – as well as in pieces by Janáček, Wagner and J. Strauss II.
Baritone Lajos Geiger graduated from the Music Academy in 2008, but the audience of the Opera could already see him in Elektra by R. Strauss a year earlier. In the spring of 2008, he won the Second International Ferenc Erkel Aria Competition, and afterwards received an invitation to Madrid to help represent Hungary at the celebration of the European Union there. His wide repertoire includes the baritone roles of Italian and romantic operas, and he frequently appears in pieces by 20th century composers such as Dohnányi, Kodály, Szokolay and Ránki.
Artistic director of the performance: Mária Anna Kovács
Host: Dániel Mona
Featuring: Sámuel Csaba Tóth (piano)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro – Figaro's aria in C major form Act 1 ("Non piú andrai") – Lajos Geiger
Bellini: Norma – Norma's aria from Act 1 ("Casta diva") – Kinga Kriszta
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore – Belcore's aria from Act 1 ("Come Paride, vezzoso") – Lajos Geiger
Bizet: Carmen – Micaëla's aria from Act 3 ("Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante") – Kinga Kriszta
Liszt: Der du von dem Himmel bist – Sámuel Csaba Tóth
Erkel: Hunyadi László – Palatine Gara's aria ("Teljesül hát az álma e nyughatatlan szívnek") – Lajos Geiger
Puccini: Madama Butterfly – Cio-Cio San's aria from Act 2 ("Un bel dì vedremo") – Kinga Kriszta
Puccini: La bohème – Mimì and Marcello's duet from Act 3 ("O, buon Marcello, aiuto!") – Kinga Kriszta, Lajos Geiger
Photo by János Kummer