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“…her powerful, wide, confidently moving vocal range was itself convincing about the perfect cast…” prae.hu

“…Monika Kertész sang the title role perfectly suited for the original title of the opera, Angioline (angelic)…she possesses a gorgeous warm voice…and she thoroughly enchanted the audience …” theatre.hu

Monika Kertész Hungarian-Bulgarian mezzo-soprano is an exeptionally creative performer recognized for her velvety warm voice and strong stage presence possessing deep emotionality and musicality. In her artistic existence, she combines traditional aesthetics and values with her versatility and forward thinking; beside performing opera, operetta productions, oratorios and recitals, she is also creator and collaborator of innovative, interdisciplinary projects which already gained recognition at numerous festivals. Based on this interest she is a co-founder of the performing arts collective, In-Pact with the aim of expanding the possibilities between classical music and contemporary performing arts.
 

Monika regularly performs on the stages around Europe. She currently is a soloist with the National Ensemble in Bautzen, Germany and works under the musical direction of Peter Wesenauer with whom in 2022 premiered the new composition of Wolfgang Böhmer “Die falsche Braut”. Her most recent appearances include: a premier in 2021 of her collaborative piece “Bridging Dimensions” at the Bauhaus Festival in Dessau and at the Nextus Festival – combining classical songs with electronic music, dance and improvisation. She sang the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the National Theatre Pécs and the mezzo-soprano solo in Schumann’s “Das Paradies und die Peri” with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the season of 2019/2020 she gives a series of concerts in Bulgaria with a concluding opera recital in the renowned Bulgaria Hall at the Sofia Philharmonics. With her harpist duo partner, Anastasia Razvalyaeva, she presented her newest recital program at the breathtaking Water Theatre in Szarvas. Her collaboration as a soloist with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra should have continued in the season of 2020/2021 to sing in Mozart’s Requiem but unfortunately, it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

By winning the “Ambition” prize for realizing new productions in Bethlen Theater Budapest, in 2018 she also made an interdisciplinary performance debut with her piece Desdemonium, where her role involves contemporary dance elements, movement theatre and improvisation. The performance was invited to the International Shakespeare Festival in Gyula and regularly performed. In 2017 her collaborative opera video project was shortlisted at the Hungarian Music Video Awards.

 

Monika’s opera repertoire includes the roles of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Flora in La Traviata, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Örzse in Kodaly’s János Háry, Angelina and Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Lisetta in Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna, Junon in Rameau’s Platée and Lisetta in Galuppi’s Il caffe di campagnia.

She regularly performs in the National Theatre of Szeged, Royal Palace Baroque Theatre, National Theatre of Pécs, Savaria Festival, Budapest Spring Festival, Jewish Cultural Festival, Budapest Summer Festival.

As a concert and oratorio singer, she also appeared on the most prestigious stages in Hungary: Palace of Arts (Mupa) Béla Bartók Concert Hall, the Grand Hall of Franz Liszt Music Academy, Erkel Theater and Budapest Music Center. Monika recently sung Kodály’s Te Deum with the Hungarian National Radio Orchestra conducted by the renowned Tamás Vásáry and Haydn’s Die sieben Worte des Erlösers am Kreuze with the National Philharmonic Orchestra led by György Vashegyi. She appears also with Savaria Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gergely Madaras, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Savaria Baroque Orchestra, Orfeo Orchestra and Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra.

 

Starting to play the piano at age of 8, Monika completed piano and voice studies at the Hungarian State School of Music in Budapest. In parallel she gained Masters degrees in Linguistics and Pedagogics. Although she was offered to conclude a PhD as a Linguist, instead she commits herself to music and chooses to continue her training as a singer. She was accepted to the Operastudio Opera Viva in Budapest led by András Kürthy stage director, former program director and chief dramaturge at the Budapest State Opera. At the Studio Monika was trained by musical and artistic professionals from the Hungarian State Opera and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. She prepared the roles of Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

She was polishing her singing technique in Budapest with Bernadett Wiedemann, in London with Marilyn Rees from RWSMD, and Idit Arad then in Italy with Enza Ferrari from Accademia della Scala. She took part at the Rossini Academy’s training program in Pesaro with Alberto Zedda, and took inspiration from the masterclasses of Julia Hamari, Monserrat Caballé, Walter Moore and Katalin Schultz.

Monika was 2nd prize winner at the 29th International “Piero Boni” Opera Competition as the best female singer. She was finalist at the International Rotary Opera Contest in Lisbon and was chosen to sing at the gala concert in Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos. In 2015, she was a semi-finalist at the International Opera Competition in Clermont-Ferrand. She received the talent support award from the Hungarian Rotary Foundation and her recital series were supported by Kogart Artistic Foundation.

 

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