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Gyula Orendt



Gyula Orendt in action.
Gyula Orendt as Orfeo in Orfeo © ROH. Photo by Stephen Cummiskey, 2015.

Hungarian-Romanian baritone Gyula Orendt made his Royal Opera debut in 2012 as Gamekeeper (Rusalka) and has since returned to sing the title role in Orfeo at the Roundhouse and Gaveston/Stranger (Lessons in Love and Violence, world premiere, 2018). In the 2018/19 Season he sings Guglielmo (Così fan tutte).

Orendt was born in Transylvania and studied at the Transilvania University of Bra?ov and the Franz Liszt Conservatory, Budapest. He started his career as a member of the Vienna Volksoper (2010–11) before becoming a member of the Opera Studio of Berlin State Opera (2011–13). In 2013 he became a member of the Berlin State Opera, where his roles have included Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Tempo/Consiglio (Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo), Latino (Steffani’s Amor vien dal destino) and Carolus (Emma und Eginhard) under René Jacobs, the title role in?Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de perles), Schaunard (La bohème) and Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos). Engagements elsewhere include Roberto/Nardo (La finta giardiniera) for Glyndebourne Festival, also broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) for Liceu, Barcelona, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Glyndebourne Festival and Hungarian State Opera, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Orfeo for Opéra national de Lorraine, Nancy, and Guglielmo for Bavarian State Opera and the Norwegian National Opera.

Concert appearances include Ein deutsches Requiem with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Concerto Budapest and Lied recitals at Hungarian State Opera and Berlin State Opera as well as at the renowned Lied series of the Boulez Saal Berlin. His discography includes Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo under Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi. Orendt is a triple prizewinner of the Francisco Viñas Competition.


News and features

New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced

31 January 2017
New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced

Following the success of Written on Skin, Lessons in Love and Violence will have its world premiere on 10 May 2018.

Listen: Monteverdi’s Orfeo on BBC iPlayer

3 March 2015
Listen: Monteverdi’s Orfeo on BBC iPlayer

Another chance to hear The Royal Opera and Roundhouse’s acclaimed production of the first great opera.