Gábor Bretz

Bass

Biography

Born in Budapest, Gábor Bretz began his vocal training with Stephan Czovek in Los Angeles and with Prof. Albert Antalffy in Budapest. He subsequently studied at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music with Maria Fekete and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music with Sandor Solyom-Nagy, and won the 2005 Maria Callas Grand Prix Competition in Athens.

Since graduating from the Franz Liszt Academy, Gábor’s regular performances at the Hungarian State Opera have included the title-role in Mefistofele and Figaro, Leporello and the title-role in Don Giovanni, Banquo in Macbeth, and Landgraf in Tannhauser at the Wagner Festival under Adam Fischer. Other notable appearances include; Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia  and numerous performances in the title role of Bluebeard’s Castle with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Adam Fischer, Ed Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Lothar Koenigs, Michele Mariotti and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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Reviews

“The devil may not get all the best tunes in Gounod’s Faust, but Gábor Bretz certainly stole the show in this new production at Hungarian State Opera….Bretz dominated the stage, both physically and vocally. His inky black bass was supple and suave and he sang a thrilling “Le veau d’or”, complete with formation wheelchair choreography.”

Mark Pullinger

Bachtrack

“His ‘elle ne m’aime pas’ was wonderfully sung, with a good legato and decent pointing of the words. Indeed his French was the best in the cast.”

Operatraveller