Hungarian bass Gábor Bretz makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season as Colline (La bohème). He has previously sung the role in Monte Carlo.
Born in Budapest, Bretz trained in Los Angeles before returning to Hungary to study at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. He performs regularly with the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, singing roles including Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Banquo (Macbeth) and Escamillo (Carmen). He has performed Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), in Norway, Sweden, Russia, and for La Scala, Milan, and Netherlands Opera. Away from Budapest, he performs for opera companies including La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, Klagenfurt State Theatre, where he recently sang his first Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), and the Komische Oper Berlin.
Bretz also appears widely in concert, in a repertory ranging from J.S. Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion to Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. He was the winner of the 2005 Maria Callas Grand Prix. Bretz recently recorded Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater for Chandos.
Lauri Vasar as Schaunard, Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello, Gábor Bretz as Colline, Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo and Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014
Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello, Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo, Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì, Lauri Vasar as Schaunard and Gábor Bretz as Colline in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014
Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo, Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì, Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello, Lauri Vasar as Schaunard and Gábor Bretz as Colline in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014