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Opera Star & Friends of Hungary Founder Éva Marton Receives Prestigious Kennedy Gold Medal

Hungary Today 2019.06.25.

Last Tuesday, together with other famed Hungarian artists, opera star Éva Marton received this year’s Gold Medal in the Arts of the renowned Kennedy Center.

Ambassador David Cornstein hosted the Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts awards ceremony, where besides Marton, conductors Ádám Fischer and Iván Fischer, and pianist/composer György Kurtág were also receipients.

Since 1978, the Kennedy Center has been awarding US artists by honoring their lifetime achievements,  while the international award was established in 2005. It “bestows the award to inspiring individuals whose lifetime achievements have created, nurtured, supported, and championed the arts around the world.”

Éva Marton, who is viewed as one of the most prominent dramatic sopranos in the world, made her debut at the Hungarian State Opera in 1968, as Queen of Shemaka in Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘The Golden Cockerel’. She is best known for her roles in Puccini’s ‘Turandot and Tosca’ as well as Wagner’s operas. Professor emeritus of the Liszt Ferenc Academy in Budapest, and a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, Marton is still active as a university teacher and regularly holds master classes in Hungary, Germany, Russia, and Spain, and is a jury member in several opera competitions and festivals.

Ambassador Cornstein, Iván Fischer, Éva Marton, Deborah F. Rutter, Ádám Fischer, Tünde Mózes-Szitha of Editio Musica Budapest (accepted the medal on behalf of Mr. Kurtág), and Co-Chairs of the Kennedy Center International Committee of the Arts Stepánka and Karel Komárek. Image by US Embassy of Budapest/ Attila Németh

She is also a founding member of the Friends of Hungary Foundation, publisher of ‘Hungary Today’.

featured image by MTI/Balázs Mohai