Livia Budai

Biography

From numerous international-singing awards she moved on to Budapest State Operafor four years after having been graduated with honors from the acclaimed Franz LisztAcademy of Music. In 1977 she joined the respected German Music Theater in Gelsenkirchen, and the sameyear made her highly successful debut at Covent Garden as Azucena (with Bergonzi).The following year Livia Budai was Eboli in San Francisco. From 1980 through 1990 she portrayed the whole range of dramatic mezzo-sopranorepertoire with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. During the same period, Livia Budai appeared at the Vienna State Opera in the role of Eboli, as well as a new production of the original French version at Covent Garden, and then performed in a host of operas across Europe, including Madrid (Elisabeth/Maria Stuarda with Caballé), Florence (Giulietta/Maddalena), Barcelona (Eboli and Laura), Hamburg (Azucena, Eboli, Amneris), Monte Carlo (Carmen), Berlin (Laura opposite Domingo, Amneris, Azucena, Venus and Carmen with Atlantow), Bologna (Brangäne, Preziosilla, Bartok’s Judith), Rome (Bartok’s Judith). In 1985 Livia Budai was Judith in the Radio France production of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and then appeared as Ada at the Grand Opera de Paris in Berio’s La Vera Storia, a role she has repeated in Florence and in concert in Amsterdam’s Holland Music Festival in 1986. In the same period she debuted as Delilah in Antwerpen, a role she repeated in West Palm Beach (‘84), Liege (‘86), and Bonn (‘90). Livia Budai's recent engagements included Amneris in Nice ‘87 and Arena di Verona ‘88, in Bonn ‘89, in Budapest ‘90 Laura in Berlin ‘86, Bonn ‘88 and Arena di Verona ‘88, Azucena in Budapest ‘88 and Essen ‘91 (new production), Fricka (Die Walkure) in Torino ‘87 and ‘88,Cassandre/Les Troyens in Marseilles ‘89, Carmen in the Arena de Nimes ‘89 and in Marseilles ‘89, Fenena in Orange ‘89. She debuted in Brussels at the Theater Royal De La Monnaie in ‘79 as Eboli and appeared in that Theater in many times since as Azucena, Brangäne, Mrs Quickly (‘87), Kundry (‘89), Ortrud (‘90), Fricka and Waltraute (‘91) new Ring Production, Herodias,(‘92), Ulrica (‘92). Her North American appearances included in Toronto Azucena ‘84, Amneris ‘86, WestPalm Beach, San Francisco, and Azucena in Metropolitan Opera New York ‘87 (with Pavarotti, Sutherland) also Azucena in New Jersey State Opera in ‘88, Michigan Sate Opera ’88, Ulrica in Edmonton,’90, La Princes de Bouillon in Montreal ‘90. Livia Budai's most recent engagements included Venus in Hamburg ‘90,’91,’93, and‘94. Marfa / Dimitrij in Munchen ‘92, Klytamnestra in Antwerpen ‘92, Amneris in Hamburg ‘93 and ‘94, Klytamnestra in Frankfurt ‘94, Fricka in Frankfurt Ring ‘94, Klytamnestra in Hamburg ‘95, Frugula/Il Tabarro in Brussels ‘95, Eboli in Antwerpen ‘95, Ulrica in Brussels ‘95, Herodias in Brussels ‘95, Zaide in Brussels and Paris, ‘96, Venus in Nagoya and Tokyo ‘96, Klytamnestra in Dortmund ‘96, Carmen in Hungary, Summer Festival ‘96, Klytamnestra in Dortmund ‘97, Frugola in Brussels ‘98, Abuela in Brussels ‘98 and, Venus in Palermo ‘98, Azucena in Budapest ‘99 Ortrud Dusseldorf ‘99, Hata in Monte Carlo, Oedipus rex 2000 in Brussels and Antwerpen, Azucena and Amneris 2001 Budapest, Kabanicha in Luzern and Brussels 2001 and many more.

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