In the 3 January 2021 episode of Masquerade, Zita Váradi, Chamber Singer for the 2012/13 season showed off her talent on the Sándor Hevesi Stage of the Eiffel Art Studios. Her performance could be viewed from 8:00 p.m. on Facebook and Origo.hu.
Zita Váradi earned her diploma in solo voice and voice pedagogy at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1996, but even as an undergraduate she had the chance to perform Papagena for the audience of the Opera, where she has been a regular soloist since 2001. Her versatile repertoire ranges from Mozart through Donizetti and Puccini to Wagner and Strauss, but she frequently appears in oratorios and contemporary operas by Petrovics, Vajda or Judit Varga. The Hungarian State Opera named her Chamber Singer for the 2012/13 season, and she was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary in 2016. For her aria recital she prepares with arias by Mozart and Puccini, and in one excerpt, she also shows her versatility with a song from an operetta. One of her guests is bass-baritone Marcell Bakonyi, the surprise guest is a young tenor talent.
Artistic director of the performance: Erika Tóth
Host: Szilveszter Ókovács
Featuring on the piano: Sámuel Csaba Tóth
Mozart: Così fan tutte – Despina's aria from Act I ("In uomini, in soldat")
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro – Susanne and Figaro's duet from Act 1 ("Cinque, dieci, venti") – featuring Marcell Bakonyi
Mozart: L'oca del Cairo, ossia Lo sposo deluso – Lavina's aria ("Nacqui all'aura trionfale")
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore – Dulcamara's aria from Act 1 ("Udite, udite") – performed by Marcell Bakonyi
Puccini: La bohème – Mimì's aria from Act 3 ("Donde lieta uscì")
Liszt: Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième Année: Italie – Sposalizio – performed by Sámuel Csaba Tóth
Puccini: La bohème – Musetta's waltz from Act 2 ("Quando m’en vo")
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore – Nemorino's aria from Act 2 ("Una furtiva lagrima") – performed by Róbert Erdős
Lehár: Die lustige Witwe – Vilja Lied
Photo by Péter Rákossy