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Gábor Bretz



Gábor Bretz in action.
Gabor Bretz as Ferrando in Il trovatore, The Royal Opera © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore

Hungarian bass Gábor Bretz made his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season as Colline (La bohème) and has since returned to sing Escamillo (Carmen) and Ferrando (Il trovatore). In the 2018/19 Season he sings in Verdi’s Requiem.

Bretz was born in Budapest and 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 was the winner of the 2005 Maria Callas Grand Prix. He performs regularly with the Hungarian State Opera, singing roles including Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni and Leporello (Don Giovanni), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Banquo (Macbeth), Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Escamillo, Marcel (Les Huguenots), Boito’s Mefistofele, Landgraf Herrmann (Tannhäuser), Gurnemanz (Parsifal) and Orest (Elektra). He has performed Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) in Norway, Sweden, Russia, for La Scala, Milan, Dutch National Opera and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and at the Vienna Festival. Further engagements include Escamillo for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, King Heinrich (Lohengrin) and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) for La Monnaie, Brussels, and Philip II (Don Carlos) for Hamburg State Opera.

Bretz also appears widely in concert, in a repertory including J.S. Bach’s?St John Passion and?St Matthew Passion, the?Glagolithic Mass?and Tippett’s?A Child of Our Time. His recordings include Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater for Chandos.