Mária Celeng was born in Hungary and studied with Maria Fekete at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and Júlia Pászthy at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, then with Gabriele Fuchs at the Hochschule fur Müsik und Theater in Munich. She then went on to hone her skills in the masterclasses of Eva Marton, László Polgár, Gulyás Dénes, Walter Moore and Nicholas Clapton. She has won numerous awards including prizes in the Francisco Viňas and Neue Stimmen competitions and she participated in the 2012 Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project. In 2013, she was a finalist in the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Since 2008, she has made regular guest appearances at the Budapest Palace of Arts where she has performed with the Hungarian National Orchestra under the baton of conductor Zoltán Kocsis.
In 2010, she sang Mozart’s Requiem under the musical direction of Adam Fischer in Budapest. During the 2013 / 2014 season, she joined the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. She has also sung the title role in Martinů’s Mirandolina at the Cuvilliés Theatre, Myriam in Erich Zeisl’s Zeisl’s Hiob at the Munich Festival (for which she won the Festival prize), Papagena (The Magic Flute), Giannetta (L’elisir d’amore) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen, Araspe (in Hasse’s Didone abbandonata) at the Prinzregentheater in Munich, Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Iluska (in Pongrác Kacsóh’s János Vitéz) at the Budapest Opera, and Tebaldo (in Don Carlo) at the 2013 Salzburg Festival with Antonio Pappano conducting. During the 2014 / 2015 season she made her performance debut at Milan’s La Scala singing the role of Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea and tackled the roles of Fiordiligi at the Budapest Opera and Despina at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. More recently, she played Sophie in a new production of Werther in Budapest and returned to the Salzburg Festival in 2016 in Die Liebe der Danae (Semele).
Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Sophie (Werther), and the Woodbird (Siegfried) at the Budapest Opera.
Mária Celeng is making her performance debut at the Paris Opera.
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