Szemerédy Károly


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Szemerédy was born in Budapest in 1979. He commenced his engagement in music at age 11 in the children’s choir of the Hungarian State Opera Budapest. 

Following a stint of musical studies as a disciple of Margit László, he attended the Singing Academy of Madrid (Escuela Superior de Canto de Madrid). His singing maestro was Manuel Cid in Madrid. Szemerédy polished his voice technique at courses conducted by such renowned masters as Teresa Berganza, Roberto Scandiuzzi or Raul Jimenez. 

Apart from appearances in his native country,he has participated in a number of international singing competitions. He won first prize at the Maestro  Guerrero International  singing contest and managed to be in the finals of Hans Gabor Belvedere International in Vienna. 

In 2008, in Canada’s Quebec, he succeeded in seizing the third place as the best singer of his voice type at one at the world’s most important competitions,  Operalia, hallmarked by the name of Placido Domingo.

Still at a young age, he presented himself in Madrid’s opera house Teatro Real, debuted with the role of Lavitsky in Boris Godunov. Then his range of roles included Sciarrone in Puccini’s Tosca, Orest’s tutor in Elektra, Don Basilio in the Barber of Seville, Stárek in Jenufa,and Schmidt in Andrea Chenier

He appeared on stage singing in other regions of the world: he created the role of Andrea Cornaro in Caterina Cornaroin Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, then later on that of Orest in Elektra in the same venue. He sang also featuring a role in Salomeon the stage of Valencia’s Palau de les Artes.

He had enormous success in Warsaw when he sang the role of Count Almaviva in the Marriage of Figaro on the stage of Teatr Wielki.  Subsequently, Warsaw’s audience could see him portray the title role of William Tell.This theater was also the scene of his debut as Escamillo in Carmen, a role he’d play successfully later on across Europe.  He sang the role of Escamillo, among others, in the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, then in the Teatro di Regio in Turin. 

Upon return to Madrid, the venue of his early successes, he performed the role of Nikitich in Boris Godunov, then he played this again in Munich’s Staatsoper as well.  Szemerédy made his debut at the Opera of Lyon in the role of Harašta in Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

His appearance at the Opera Festival of Peru was extraordinary, where he was hailed by the audience with resounding success singing the title role of William Tellas a partner to world-famous Juan Diego Florez. 

In 2013, he came on stage in Maribor in a unique Il Tritticoperformance. He sang Michele in The Overcoatand portrayed the title role in Gianni Schicci. He participated in a series of concerts in Basque Country and sang the role of Swallow in Peter Grimes in Lyon.

In 2014, Szemerédy played the character of Orest in Richard Strauss’ Elektraat the Opera House of Antverp.  He made an appearance to the audience of his home country as Leonárdo in the opera adaptation Vérnász(Blood Wedding) by Sándor Szokolay.

That year yielded a significant accolade to him. He was the recipient of the Opera-Cittá di Mondovi Award as the young ascending talent of the year. 

He made an excellent debut as King Solomon in the Freiburg Theater, and performed the same role later on at the Hungarian State Opera as well.

Károly Szemerédy was seen and heard in the role of Dr Kolenatý in The Makropulos Affair at the Opera Vlaander in Antverp and in a number of operas at the Opera de Lyon:  playing the Waterman in Dvořák s Rusalka.  He went on stage in the Hungarian State Opera in the role of Michele in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, then as Escamillo again as well as Jeletsky in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades

He sang Bartók s Bluebird at the Armel Festival in 2016, and then made his debut in the Hungarian State Opera in 2017.

Apart from the major opera roles Károly Szemerédy appeared at plenty of festivals and gave concerts at reputed venues like the Segovia Festival, the Granada International Music and Dance Festival, the Toledo International Festival, and the San Sebastian Opera Festival. Recently, he performed at the Festspiel in Salzburg in 2018 with the role of Captain and Adonis in the opera The Bassarids

In the same year, he sang the character of Dr Kolenatý in The Makropulos Affairat the Janáček Festival (Opera Awards 2019 – Best Festival) in Brno.

Károly Szemerédy started the year 2019 in Lyon featuring the character Šiškov in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead. The production had the distinction of winning the award Best New Production of the Opera Awards for the year 2019.