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Katalin Károlyi

Mezzo-soprano

  • Vivaciously sung by Katalin Karolyi and played with utter precision by the London Sinfonietta, this was a performance without a single weak moment
    Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday
  • Katalin Karolyi brought an exquisite colour and delicacy to Ligeti’s seven miniatures which gleamed like a tiny jewel
    Lynne Walker, The Independent
  • Katalin Karolyi’s committed, warmly open performance
    Erica Jeal, The Guardian
  • Born in Hungary, Katalin Károlyi studied singing with Noëlle Barker and Julia Hamari. She went on to set up Studio Versailles Opéra with Rachel Yakar and René Jacobs. Other conductors she has worked with include Yehudi Menuhin, William Christie, Phillip Herreweghe and David Robertson.

    Opera productions include performances at the Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Festwochen, Almeida Opera and the Festival d’Aix en Provence. She has also appeared at Ravinia Festival Chicago, Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Barbican Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, BBC Proms and Cité de la Musique.

    She frequently appears with ensembles including Ictus, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Amadinda, Asko-Schoenberg, Musikfabrik, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and Seoul Philharmonic. She has had numerous works composed for her including Ligeti’s Sippal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel which she has given frequent performances of, as well as a recording for Teldec Classics.

    • The Importance of Being Earnest
      Barbican Hall, 27 April 2012

      Spat into a megaphone, declaimed, chanted, barked out in German, split into hiccuping clusters of mis-stressed syllables, whooping in and out of falsetto (Bloom) or pirouetting in the stratosphere (Hannigan), the singing of the cast is impeccable. The most confident, volatile comic opera for a decade, Earnest demands a full staging.
      Anna Picard, The Independent
      When Barbara Hannigan's Cecily and Katalin Károlyi's Gwendolen argue over tea and muffins about which of them is engaged to Ernest...they communicate through megaphones, accompanied by one of the orchestra's percussionists solemnly smashing a series of dinner plates...It's all ferociously difficult to sing and play, but the performance under Adès seemed staggeringly good.
      Andrew Clements, The Guardian
      Barbara Hannigan and Katalin Karolyi sparred sensationally as Cecily and Gwendolen
      Barry Millington, The Evening Standard
      The acidic meeting between Barbara Hannigan’s cool-as-her-cucumber-sandwiches Cecily and Katalin Károlyi’s tremulous Gwendolen is accompanied by a virtuoso smashing of dinner plates (40 of them, one after another) by the percussionist, followed by pistol shots.
      Richard Morrison, The Times
  • Katalin Károlyi’s Concert Repertoire

    ANDRIESSEN
    • De Staat
    BACH
    • Magnificat
    • Weihnachts - Oratorium
    • Johannes - Passion
    • Matthäus - Passion
    • Messe in h - Moll
    • Motetten
    BARTÓK
    • Dorfszenen
    • Nyolc magyar népdal
    • (Five Hungarian Songs)
    BEETHOVEN
    • Missa Solemnis
    BERIO
    • Sequenza III
    • Cercles
    • Calmo
    • Folk Songs
    • Weill-songs
    • Beatles-songs
    BENJAMIN
    • Into the Little Hill*
    BOUCHOT
    • Unser Leben ist ein Shatten
    BRAHMS
    • Zigeunerlieder
    • Liebeslieder
    • Zwei gesänge
    BROWN
    • Windsor Jambs
    CAGE
    • A Flower
    • She is a Sleep
    • Forever and Sunsmell
    • The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
    CHARPENTIER
    • Historia Esther
    DE FALLA
    • Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas
    DUKAY
    • Mist hovering over the face of the deep
    • - evening version - WP
    DVORAK
    • Stabat Mater
    ESTERHÁZY
    • Harmonia Caelestis
    FINNISSI
    • Ngano
    HANDEL
    • Messiah
    HARVEY
    • One Evening
    JENEY
    • Halotti szertartás - WP
    • (Funeral Rite)
    • Psaume 5. - WP
    KURTÁG
    • Eszká
    • What is the Word
    • Two Beckett songs
    LIGETI
    • Síppal, dobbal,nádihegedűvel - WP
    • Aventures / Nouvelles Aventures
    LISZT
    • Via crucis
    MAHLER
    • Kindertotenlieder
    MANTOVANI
    • La Morte Meditata
    MESSIAEN
    • Cinq rechants
    MOZART
    • Requiem
    MUSSEAU
    • Amis mots
    PERGOLESI
    • Stabat Mater
    PURCELL
    • The Welcome Song 1683
    RACHMANINOV
    • Vespers
    RAVEL
    • Sheherezade
    REICH
    • Tehillim
    • Music for 18 Musicians
    • Drumming
    RIEBEL
    • Hamadun
    SÁRY
    • Miniatűrök
    • Invokáció
    SCARLATTI
    • Oratorio de San Filippo Neri
    SCELSI
    • ckckc I-II
    SCIARRINO
    • Infinito Nero
    SCHÖNBERG
    • Pierrot lunaire*
    SCHUBERT
    • Ständchen D 920
    VAN DE PUTTE
    • Addiemento - WP
    VIVALDI
    • Gloria
    WOOLRICH
    • The Sea and its Shore - WP
    WOLF / GRISEY
    • Wolf Lieder
    WP
    • Indicates that Katalin Károlyi has given the World Premiere of this work
    *
    • Indicates work 'in preparation'

    Katalin Károlyi’s Opera Repertoire

    BARRY
    • The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolen) - WP
    BARTÓK
    • A Kékszakállú herceg vára (Judit)
    • (Bluebeard's Castle)
    BIZET
    • Carmen (Carmen)
    CHARPENTIER
    • Médée (Bellone, Deuxième Fantôme)
    • La descente d’Orphée aux Enfers (Aréthuze)
    • Les Plaisirs de Versailles (La Conversation)
    • Les Arts Florissants (L'Architecture)
    DONATONI
    • Alfred, Alfred (Eleonor) - WP
    GLUCK
    • Orfeo ed Eurydice (Orfeo)
    KYRIAKIDES
    • An Ocean of Rain (Cairo) - WP
    LANDI
    • Il Sant’Alessio (Nutrice)
    LIGETI
    • Aventures / Nouvelles Aventures
    • Le Grand Macabre (Amando)*
    MONTEVERDI
    • Il ritorno d’Ulisse (Fortuna/Melanto/Penelope)
    • L'Orfeo (La Messaggera)
    MOZART
    • Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)
    • Die Zauberflöte (Zweite, Dritte Dame)
    MUSSORGSKY
    • Boris Godunov (Fyodor)
    PERI
    • Euridice (Euridice)
    POULENC
    • Dialogues des Carmélites (Mère Marie)*
    RAMEAU
    • Hippolyte et Aricie (Oenone)
    ROSSINI
    • Comte Ory (Isoliero)
    • La Cenerentola (Cenerentola)
    SCIARRINO
    • Infinito Nero (Maria Maddalena de Pazzi)
    STRAVINSKY
    • The Rake’s Progress (Baba the Turk)*
    STRAUSS
    • Elektra (Zweite Magd)
    TARANU
    • Oreste et Oedipe (Electra) - WP
    TCHAIKOVSKY
    • Eugene Onegin (Olga)
    VERDI
    • Rigoletto (Magdalena)
    VIVALDI
    • La Senna Festeggiante (La Virtú)
    WOOLRICH
    • The Sea and its Shore - WP
    WP
    • Indicates that Katalin Károlyi has given the World Premiere of this work
    *
    • Indicates that this work is 'in preparation'
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