BIOGRAPHY

Judit Kutasi

The Romanian-Hungarian mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi with her “deeper, dark” (Jenny Camilleri/ Bachtrack) voice is one of the most up-and-coming singers in her repertoire and leads critics to predict that she “will be the Verdi mezzo of the next years” (Maximilian Maier / BR Klassik).

Au cours de la saison 2023/24, Madame Kutasi a fait ses débuts américains dans plusieurs rôles, dont ceux d’Ortrud, dans Lohengrin de Wagner, à l’Opéra de San Francisco, et de Preziosilla, dans la nouvelle production de La forza del destino, au Metropolitan Opera, sous la direction de Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Elle a chanté dans le Requiem de Verdi à l’occasion de ses débuts à l’Opéra royal du Danemark (Copenhague), sous la direction de Bertrand de Billy, et au Festival de Pâques de Salzbourg, avec Antonio Pappano. Elle a aussi interprété la même œuvre avec l’Orchestre symphonique de Saint-Louis dirigé par Stéphane Denève. Elle est retournée à l’Opéra allemand de Berlin, en reprenant le rôle de Laura dans La Gioconda. À l’Opéra d’État hongrois, elle a joué Amneris dans Aïda, l’un de ses rôles emblématiques. Elle a chanté Erda dans une version concert de Siegfried de Wagner présentée au Concertgebouw d’Amsterdam.

Last season, Kutasi sang Azucena in Il trovatore at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and at the Opéra National de Paris. She made a last-minute jump-in as Amneris in a new production of Aïda at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and reprised the role for Opera de Las Palmas. She was also heard as Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff at the Staatsoper Hamburg. On the concert stage, Judit Kutasi performed Stravinsky's Les noces conducted by Kent Nagano at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, and appeared in concerts at the Staatstheater Hannover, performing Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah”.

Highlights of recent seasons include the role of Erda in the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s new production of Das Rheingold under the musical direction of Sir Donald Runnicles, as well as the role of Amneris in Aïda, both at the Arena di Verona and the Bayerische Staatsoper under Maestro Zubin Mehta. Kutasi jumped in at the last minute at Teatro alla Scala as La principessa di Bouillon in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, and performed as Princess Eboli in a semi-staged version of Verdi's Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. As Princess Eboli, the mezzo-soprano was also part of an online streamed concert – a co-production of the Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti and the Teatro Municipale. With great success, Judit Kutasi took on the role of Maddalena alongside Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov in Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier at Teatro alla Scala Milano in performances led by Maestro Riccardo Chailly, subsequently released by the theater on DVD in a coproduction with CMajor.

A sought-after artist on the concert stage, she sang Federica in Verdi’s Luisa Miller (CD production of BR Klassik) with the Munich Radio Orchestra under the direction of Ivan Repušic. At the Musikfest Berlin, she sang Waltraute (Die Walküre) and Erda (Siegfried) under the baton of Donald Runnicles. With Maestro Runnicles she also performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the BBC Proms together with the World Orchestra for Peace. She sang Grimgerde (Die Walküre) under Sir Andrew Davis at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and opened the Budapest Spring Festival at MÜPA as Sophie in Liszt’s The Legend of Saint Elizabeth. Judit Kutasi appeared as Catherine (Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher) with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam (CD production of RCO Live). At Teatro all Scala in Milan, she sang Bruckner’s Te Deum and performed in the opera house’s new year’s concert in 2019.

Judit Kutasi was a Walter Sandvoss Fellow of Förderkreis der Deutschen Oper Berlin in 2016/17 and has been a very popular and celebrated guest artist at the Deutsche Oper ever since. In the 2013/14 season, the mezzo-soprano was part of the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera and directly after became a permanent ensemble member of Zurich Opera until 2016.

The mezzo-soprano has worked with many renowned conductors such as Christoph von Dohnányi, Fabio Luisi, Alain Altinoglu, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Nello Santi, Marco Armiliato, Carrie-Ann Matheson and many others, as well as with distinguished directors such as Barrie Kosky, Andreas Homoki, Tatiana Gürbaca, Frank Castorf, amongst others.

Judit Kutasi was born in Timisoara, Romania. She studied voice, piano and cello at the Colegiul Național de Artă “Ion Vidu” and continued her studies at the University of Oradea and the Music Academy Gheorghe Dima in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, graduating with a master’s degree.