On 6 December 2020, two internationally acclaimed singers, mezzo-soprano Szilvia Vörös and bass Krisztián Cser gave a joint aria recital of the Sándor Hevesi Stage of the Eiffel Art Studios. Their programme featuring operatic hits as well as a block dedicated to La Gioconda by Ponchielli was streamed from 8:00 p.m. on Facebook and Origo.hu.
Szilvia Vörös was born into a family of musicians. She continued her studies in Pápa, Győr and at the Music Academy in Budapest, under the guidance of Éva Marton. In 2008, she won the National Simándy Singing Competition. As the winner of the First International Éva Marton Singing Competition, she had the opportunity to make her debut at the Hungarian State Opera in Elektra by R. Strauss where later she received acclaim in operas by Gounod, Puccini, Verdi, Giordani and Wagner. Apart from operas, she is a regular soloist of oratorios and song recitals. In 2016, she made her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele, in 2018, she joined the company of the Wiener Staatsoper.
Krisztián Cser was also born into a dynasty of musicians. He first graduated as a physicist, then went on to study as a singer. He graduated from the Music Academy in 2008, where his tutor was also Éva Marton. He made his debut at the Opera while still an undergraduate, just like Szilvia Vörös, in Elektra. His repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary works, and he can frequently be heard in oratorios. His name is well-known to international audiences as well. He sang the role of Bluebeard on important stages in Europe, China and Carnegie Hall in New York. Recently, he played the role of Wotan in Das Rheingold in Chemnitz and Mexico City.
Artistic director of the performance: Judit Niklai
Featuring: Katalin Doman (piano)
Host: Szilveszter Ókovács
Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila – Delilah's aria from Act 2 ("Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix") – Szilvia Vörös
Mozart: Don Giovanni – Leporello's "Catalogo" aria ("Madamina!") – Krisztián Cser
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana – Santuzza's aria ("Voi lo sapete, o mamma") – Szilvia Vörös
Verdi: Macbeth – Banquo's aria from Act 2 ("Come dal ciel precipita") – Krisztián Cser
Ponchielli: La Gioconda – Laura's aria from Act 2 ("Stella del marinar! Vergine santa") – Szilvia Vörös
Ponchielli: La Gioconda– Alvise's aria from Act 3 ("Si, morir ella de!") – Krisztián Cser
Ponchielli: La Gioconda – Alvise and Laura's duet from Act 3 ("Qui chiamata m'avete?") – Szilvia Vörös, Krisztián Cser
Photo by János Kummer