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Opera Legend Éva Marton to Celebrate Her 80th Birthday in Style

Hungary Today 2023.06.05.

The Hungarian State Opera House will welcome Éva Marton – founding member of our Friends of Hungary Foundation, provider of Hungary Today on her birthday on 18 June. A performance will be presented by her former and current students and winners of the international singing competition named after her. One of the most exciting up-and-coming tenors of our time, the American Jonathan Tetelman, will be the star guest of the evening – reported Magyar Nemzet.

Éva Marton has sung the most beautiful and difficult roles of Verdi, Puccini, Richard Strauss, Wagner and Verismo for more than 30 years in the most prestigious opera houses of Europe and America, including Covent Garden in London, the State Opera Houses of Frankfurt, Hamburg, Vienna, La Scala in Milan, San Francisco and Chicago.

The dramatic soprano has been a regular at the Metropolitan Opera in New York for over a decade and a half, where she has performed Wagner roles and Turandot, among others, to great acclaim. Among her world-famous partners are Brigit Nilsson, Edita Gruberova, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo, while she has worked with such outstanding conductors as Hungarian Christoph von Dohnányi and György Solti, or James Levine,  Zubin Metha and Lorin Maazel.

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The state Kossuth Prize-winning opera singer, who was awarded the Order of St. Stephen of Hungary and the title of Artist of the Nation, has devoted almost two decades of her life to teaching and passing on her knowledge in the world’s leading opera houses.

According to the information Éva Marton’s students will perform a tercetto from Johann Strauss Jr’s operetta The Bat.

In addition, Marguerite’s Jewellery from Gounod’s Faust, Rosalinda’s Chaperone from The Bat, and Federico’s Romance from Cilea’s The Daughter of Arles will be presented in individual performances.

Previous winners of the Éva Marton International Singing Competition from abroad will salute the world-famous Hungarian soprano with arias that they had previously performed to great acclaim in the final of the competition. Thus, the Mongolian baritone Badral Chulunbatar will perform Rigoletto arias at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, while the Russian soprano Yulia Muzichenko, will perform Violetta from Traviata.

According to the announcement, the Serbian soprano Sonja Saric will make her debut at the Opera House with her aria Norma, while the Russian tenor Andrej Danyilov will perform the legend of Kleinzack from Tales of Hoffmann.

The star guest of the evening will be Chilean-born American tenor Jonathan Tetelman, known for his sophisticated, lyrical tone and commanding stage presence.

File Photo: Facebook/Jonathan Tetelman

In recent years, the opera singer has sung to great acclaim in many of Europe’s leading opera houses, from London to Vienna, and outside the United States, in roles such as Alfredo (Traviata), Don José (Carmen), Cavaradossi (Tosca) and Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly).

To celebrate Eva Marton’s birthday, the American performer will sing some of the most popular operatic arias from the works Cavalleria rusticana, Tosca and Turandot,

– the summary reads.

At the birthday gala, principals of the Liszt Academy of Music, and the newly reappointed Director General of the Hungarian State Opera will welcome her on behalf of the Hungarian State Opera.

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Via Magyar Nemzet; File photo: Friends of Hungary Foundation

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