Csaba Szegedi baritone
Csaba Szegedi was born in Sajószentpéter on 1 December 1981. He applied to the Bartók Béla Conservatory of Music, Budapest to train himself to be a soloist under Mária Fekete. From 2003 onwards, he carried on with his studies at the Solo and Opera singing faculties combined with a Teacher’s training programme of the Liszt Ferenc University of Music where Sándor Sólyom-Nagy was his master. To develop his skills at the Department of Vocal and Opera Studies, he took master classes of conductors Ádám Medveczky, Péter Oberfrank and of music director Balázs Kovalik.
At his diploma performance in 2008, he sang the roles of Miracle and Dapertutto in the abridged version of Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann). In the same year, the junior baritone was contracted to work for The Hungarian State Opera as a member of its scholarship programme. As early as in the first season he made his debut in two leading roles: first, he sang Figaro in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville; conductor: Péter Oberfrank, director: Balázs Kovalik after András Békés) and second, he also sang Creon in Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo (The Soul of the Philosopher; conductor: Ádám Fischer, director: Sándor Zsótér). The next season found him rendering Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute; conductor: Ádám Fischer, director: László Marton.
He has been one of Budapest Opera’s most frequently employed lyric baritone since 2010. Roles embraced in Csaba Szegedi’s repertoire are as follows: Prince Yeletsky (in Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya dama or The Queen of Spades), Biberach (in the premiere version of Erkel’s Bánk bán), Guglielmo (in Mozart’s Così fan tutte… or Thus do they all…), Marcello (in Puccini’s La bohѐme), Paolo Albiani (in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra), Dr. Malatesta (in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale).
In the spring of 2013, he debuted in the remarkable title roles of Onegin and Don Giovanni, and later in the title role of Kodály’s Háry János. After this, he played Bagó in John the valliant, Harlekin in Strauss’ Ariadné on Naxos, Escamillo in Carmen, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore (Love Potion), and Thoas in Iphigenia in Aulis directed by Róbert Alföldi.
In 2014, his carreer took an international turn: he debuted in Klagenfurt with the role of Alfio/Tonio in Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, where he received further roles after his debut success. In Klagenfurt, he also made appearance as the Count in Figaro. At the operahouse of Bonn, he played Fieramosca in Benvenuto Cellini’s opera, the Count in Verdi’s Jerusalem, he played Figaro from Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) in Dresden, Montano from Otello at the Salzburg Easter Festival (conducted by Christiann Thielemann). Besides that, he was on stage in the Budapest Operahouse with Busoni’s Doctor Faustus, where he also sang Sharpless inMadama Butterfly, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Enrico Aston in Lucia di Lammermoor.
In February 2017, he debuts as Jago in Verdi’s Otello at the Klagenfurt Operahouse. After this, he played the role of Petur bán in Erkel’s opera, Bánk bán, Albert in Massenet’s Werther and, at the end of the season, he sang the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux at the stage of the Hungarian State Operahouse on the side of world-famous singer Edita Gruberova.
In 2018, he showed his talent in a new role: he considers it a gift from destiny to be able to sing the title role in the baritone version of Erkel’s Bánk bán. This was followed by Peter’s role in Hänsel und Gretel, Conrad von Wenckheim in Les Feés du Rhin / Die Rheinnixen and the vicked Crown from Porgy and Bess.
He ends the 2018 season with Péter Eötvös’ Seneca Sangue with the role of L’uomo.
2017 – Hungarian Bronz Meritcross
2012 – Hungarian State Opera’s Juventus Award
2012 – Honoured Member of the KLASSZ Talents Programme
2011 – Junior Prima Award
2010 – 1st Salajapin International Singer’s Contest, Plyos – 4th Prize
2009 – BBC Cardiff Singer of the World – Song Prize competitor
2008 – 6th National and 1st International József Simándy Singer’s Contest
2006 – Róbert Kovács Scholarship of the Budapest Philharmonic Society
2005 – Budapest Spring Festival – Budapest Fringe – The Festival’s Most Auspicious Voice
2005 – The Hungarian Richard Wagner Society and Archive – Stipend to the Bayreuth Festival
2004 – József Simándy National Singer’s Contest – 2nd Prize
2003-2004 – Sándor Kónya Scholarship