Hungarian-Romanian baritone Gyula Orendt made his Royal Opera debut in 2012 singing Gamekeeper (Rusalka). He returns in the 2014/15 Season to sing the title role in Orfeo at the Roundhouse.
Orendt was born in Trannsylvania and studied at the Transylvania University of Brasov and the Franz Liszt Conservatory, Budapest. Early performances included Colas (Bastien und Bastienne) in Györ and Schumann’s Liederkreis op.24 at the Bad Kissingen Festival. He was a member of the Vienna Volksoper 2010–11, where his roles included Marullo (Rigoletto), Vicomte Cascada (Die lustige Witwe), Anton Schnappauf (Kienzl's Der Evangelimann) and Baron Douphol (La traviata). He was then a member of the Opera Studio of Berlin State Opera 2011–13, where his roles included Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia, under Daniel Barenboim), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Keeper of the Madhouse (The Rake’s Progress) and Sciarrone (Tosca). In 2013 he became a member of the Berlin State Opera, where his roles since have included Silvano (Un ballo in maschera), Papageno, Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Cesare Angelotti (Tosca) and Tempo/Consiglio (Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo). Engagements elsewhere include Roberto/Nardo (La finta giardiniera) for Glyndebourne Festival and Orfeo for Opéra national de Lorraine.
Orendt's concert appearances include Brahms’s Deutsches Requiem with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.