Transylvanian baritone Zoltan Nagy is one of the opera world’s most versatile soloists. He is regularly invited to perform as a guest artist in many of Europe’s leading opera houses and has been recognized by opera critics for his strengths in both dramatic and comic roles. In his ten-year professional career that started as the youngest ensemble member hired by the Wiener Staatsoper, Mr. Nagy continues to work with the most important conductors, singers, and stage directors of our time.
In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Nagy returns to the Bolshoi Theatre to reprise his acclaimed Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. He makes his debut at the Shaanxi Opera House to sing Escamillo with the Xi’an Philharmonic and returns to the Hungarian State Opera to sing both the title role of Kodaly’s Harry Janos and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He also sings Marcello in the Teatro Communale di Massari’s production of La bohème.
Mr. Nagy began the 2017-2018 season in his house and role debut as Alberich in Siegfried at Ópera de Oviedo in Spain. He also made his Bolshoi debut as Mozart’s Conte Almaviva, a role he also sang at the Hungarian State Opera, along Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He also debuted at all four theatres of Italy’s Circuito Teatrale Lombardo as Escamillo in Carmen.
Mr. Nagy is most celebrated for his performances as Escamillo in Carmen, the title role of Le nozze di Figaro, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He also performs regularly as Schaunard in La bohème, Harašta in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Leander in Prokofiev’s L’amour des trois Oranges. Recent role debuts include Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore, Falke in Die Fledermaus, the title role of Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Schmied in Egk’s Peer Gynt, among many others.Read more
Some of the opera houses where Mr. Nagy performs include the Theater an der Wien, Opéra de Nice, Asociación Bilbaina de amigos de la Ópera (ABAO), the Hungarian State Opera, and Staatsoper Hamburg. His most recent debuts were at the Teatro Verdi Trieste in 2016 and the Teatro Massimo di Palermo in 2016. Mr. Nagy has worked with many orchestras including the Wiener Philharmoniker, the ORF Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, the RTE Orchestra in Dublin, and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in his Asian debut in 2016.
He sings the role of Theseus in the Essen Philharmonic’s CD live recording of Bohuslav Martinu’s Ariane directed by Czech conductor Tomáš Netopil, released in 2016 on Supraphon.
Mr. Nagy studied at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in his hometown of Cluj-Napoca in Romania. Upon graduation, he received a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg for a Masters degree in voice performance with Professor Boris Bakow. He has won prizes at various opera singing competitions including the Romanian National Song Competition, the Hariclea Darclee International Voice Competition, and “Debut”, the European Opera Singing Competition in Germany. In 2012 Nagy participated in the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, and was then selected to sing in the Festival’s production of Das Labyrinth.
“Zoltan Nagy (Thesee) wields a solid, unwavering Kavalierbariton.”
“Zoltán Nagy unterstreicht als Theseus mit kräftigem Bariton, dass er einerseits als Held der Geschichte den Minotaurus besiegen kann, macht mit seiner tiefen Stimme aber auch andererseits deutlich, dass er selbst ein Teil des Minotaurus ist.”
[With his powerful baritone, Zoltan Nagy demonstrates, that he as the story’s hero can defeat the minotaur on the one hand, but also clearly shows with his dark voice that he himself is a part of the minotaur.]
“Superbes prestations vocales et scéniques du baryton-basse roumain Zoltan Nágy très à l’aise dans le rôle de Schaunard”
[A superb vocal and theatrical performance from Romanian bass-baritone Zoltan Nagy, at ease in the role of Schaunard.]Musicologie
“Mit großer Bühnenpräsenz und voll klingender Stimme.”
[With great stage presence and a full, ringing voice.]DrehPunkKultu