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-roles in Mefistofele and Le Nozze di Figaro, Leporello and the title-role in Don Giovanni, Banquo in Macbeth, Colline in La Bohème, Don Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Escamillo in Carmen, Gurnemantz in Parsifal, Zaccaria in Nabucco, Orestes in Elektra, and Landgraf in Tannhauser at the Wagner Festival under Adam Fischer in Budapest.

Other notable appearances include Escamillo in Carmen at the the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Colline in La Bohème at the Royal Opera House;  Shaklovity in Khovanshchina at Dutch National Opera; Phillipe II in Don Carlos under Renato Palumbo at the Hamburg State Opera, in a Peter Konwitschny production; 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, 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