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Gábor Bretz

Bass

Biography

Hungarian bass Gábor Bretz made his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season as Colline (La bohème). He returns in the 2015/16 Season to sing Escamillo (Carmen).

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 performs regularly with the Hungarian State Opera, 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 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.

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