BIOGRAPHY

Sylvia Geszty comes from Buda where she received her degree as an opera and oratorio singer at the Liszt Ferenc’ Music Academie. She achieved her first success as Lied and oratorio singer. She was called the queen of song in Hungary. Her opera career started in 1961 at the State Opera House in East Berlin. She sang in more that 80 opera houses in Europe, USA, South America, Africa and Asia. Her celebrated roles of Queen of the Night, Zerbinetta, Konstanze, Gilda, Rosina and Giulietta made her admired star of Salzburg, Munich, Luzern, Edinburgh and Glyndebourne Festivals. She was awarded the "Kunstpreis" in 1967 and the title of “Kammersängerin” in 1968. She also graced the classical operetta with her great, unmistakable voice.

She was often a very welcome guest in German, Austrian, Dutch and Swiss television studios. Through her numerous solo and ensemble recordings she became known to a large number of fans. Sylvia Geszty was a voice professor for 22 years at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart and taught a master course at the Zurich Conservatory for 5 years. For the past 20 years she has been conducting master courses in voice in Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Luxemburg, Finnland, USA and Japan. She was the initiator of the International Coloratura Singing Contest-Sylvia Geszty (I.C.S.C.), which took place every two years from 1988 to 2002, the last one being held in Murcia, Spain. Her debut as stage director took place in 1998 at the Teatr Wielki in Posen, Poland, where she staged Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”.

 

 

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