Gábor Bretz Bass baritone

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Since graduating from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Gábor Bretz has appeared regularly with the Hungarian National Opera, notably in the title roles of Mefistofele and The Marriage of Figaro. Notable appearances include the Dutchman (The Flying Dutchman) at Passionstheater, Ferrando (Le Trouvère) at London's Royal Opera House, Escamillo (Carmen) at Munich's Bayerische Staatsoper, London's Royal Opera House, New York's Metropolitan Opera, Tokyo's New National Theater and Hamburg's Staatsoper, Colline (La Bohème) at London's Royal Opera House, Chaklovity (La Khovanchtchina) at the Amsterdam National Opera, Phillipe II (Don Carlos) at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Scarpia (Tosca) at Bologna's Teatro Comunale, King Heinrich (Lohengrin) at La Monnaie in Brussels and Jochanaan (Salome) at the Salzburg Festival.

More recently, he has performed the roles of Sarastro (The Magic Flute) at La Monnaie in Brussels, Escamillo and Philippe II at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Gurnemanz (Parsifal) with the Hallé Orchestra and Don Pizarro (Fidelio) at Theater an der Wien. He has also performed the title role in Don Quixote at the Bregenz Festival and in Bluebeard's Castle at Palermo's Teatro Massimo, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. In the 2021-2022 season, he appeared as Don Pizarro at Opéra Comique, King Heinrich at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden and London's Royal Opera House, Scarpia at Theater an der Wien, Alfonso d'Este (Lucrezia Borgia) and Seneca (The Coronation of Poppea) at the Hungarian National Opera.

Gábor Bretz sings regularly in concert. His repertoire includes major oratorios by Bach, Haydn and Mozart, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Tippett's A Child of our Time, Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ, Verdi's Requiem, Mahler's Symphony No. 8 and Handel's Messiah. Gábor Bretz has been Professor of Singing at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest since 2018.

Debut at the Opéra national de Paris

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  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 10 May to 11 June 2024

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