The Hungarian tenor István Kovácsházi started his career as a lyric tenor at the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen, Hungary. Following an engagement at the operetta theatre in Budapest, he joined the Hungarian State Opera in 1997. There he has sung a broad repertoire, ranging from Tamino to Rodolfo (La Bohème) to Cavaradossi. Today, István Kovácsházi is still a regular guest at the Budapest State Opera.

Highlights for this season in Budapest include: Parsifal, Siegfried, Die Walküre, Die Fledermaus and Love and Other Demons.

Since 2009, István has been a member of the ensemble of the National Theatre Mannheim where he gave his highly acclaimed début as a dramatic tenor, singing Walther von Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Since then he has sung Parsifal, Bacchus, Loge, Samson and Don José in Mannheim and, in 2011, made his début in the title roles of Lohengrin and Les contes d'Hoffmann. In the 2013/14 season, he added the role of Max in Der Freischütz to his repertoire in Mannheim. In 2011 István Kovácsházi made his successful début as Don José at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki.

In March 2008 István Kovácsházi was awarded the Liszt Prize by the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Arts.

Georges Bizet - Carmen - Don José
Nationaltheater Mannheim, Magyar Állami Operaház Budapest, Finnish National Opera Helsinki
Giacomo Puccini - Madama Butterfly - Pinkerton
Magyar Állami Operaház Budapest
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Die Zauberflöte - 1. Geharnischter
Nationaltheater Mannheim
Giacomo Puccini - Tosca - Cavaradossi
Magyar Állami Operaház Budapest
Jacques Offenbach - Les contes d’ Hoffmann - Hoffmann
Nationaltheater Mannheim
Camille Saint-Saëns - Samson et Dalila - Samson
Nationaltheater Mannheim
Richard Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos - Tenor / Bacchus
Nationaltheater Mannheim, Magyar Állami Operaház Budapest
Giuseppe Verdi - Don Carlo - Carlo
Magyar Állami Operaház Budapest, Nationaltheater Mannheim
Giuseppe Verdi - Macbeth - Macduff
Magyar Állami Operaház Budapest
Richard Wagner - Lohengrin - Lohengrin
Nationaltheater Mannheim, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Richard Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Walther von Stolzing
Nationaltheater Mannheim, Magyar Állami Operaház Budapest
Richard Wagner - Parsifal - Parsifal
Nationaltheater Mannheim, Magyar Állami Operaház Budapest
Richard Wagner - Das Rheingold - Loge
Nationaltheater Mannheim, Magyar Állami Operaház Budapest
Carl Maria von Weber - Der Freischütz - Max
Nationaltheater Mannheim

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