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 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), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Banquo (Macbeth), Don Carlos, Escamillo and Méphistophélès (Faust). He has performed Bluebeard (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) in Norway, Sweden, Russia, for La Scala, Milan, Netherlands Opera and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and at the Vienna Festival. Further engagements include Escamillo for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 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, St Matthew Passion, the Glagolithic Mass and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. His recordings include 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
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
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