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AHF Cultural News: Iván Fischer

May 5, 9, 11, 13 - GEORGINA LUKACS SINGS TOSCA IN BALTIMORE! Hungarian soprano Georgina Lukacs (Lukács Gyöngyi) is scheduled to sing the title role in Puccini’s Tosca at the Baltimore Lyric Opera. The performances are May 5, 9, 11, and 13. The tenor role, Cavaradossi, will be performed by Antonello Palombi, James Morris will sing Scarpia. Georgina Lukacs has been performing on the international stage for a number of years, in 2003 she received the Republic of Hungary’s “Merited Artist” award. Tickets may be purchased at the Baltimore Lyric Opera, 410-727-6000.

About Georgina Lukacs (courtesy www.georginalukacs.com)

Hungarian soprano Georgina Lukacs (Lukacs Gyongyi) is scheduled to sing the title role in Puccini’s Tosca at the Baltimore Lyric Opera.Georgina Lukács, today already a world-famous Hungarian opera singer, gained early recognition on the international opera scene fairly young. The great volume of this excellent dramatic soprano's velvety voice, matches perfectly with the greatest and most beautiful roles of Italian music.

Her repertoire includes almost all operas of Verdi and Puccini, the master pieces of the verismo composers as well as the operas of Bellini, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

She works with such outstanding figures of opera life as José Cura, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Marcello Viotti, Julius Rudel, Leo Nucci, Sherril Milnes, Giuseppe Giacomini, Juan Pons, Fabio Luisi and Neil Shicoff on a regular basis. Lukács began her musical studies in her hometown, Gyõr, where she studied piano, composition, and voice at the Music Conservatory. Later she gained admission to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she obtained an arts degree in opera. She was only 20 - still a student at the Music Conservatory - when débuted with great success at the Hungarian State Opera in the role of Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore. From here, she easily found the way to perform the other Verdi heroines. She scored her first successes as Violetta (Traviata), Leonora (La forza del destino) and Desdemona (Otello) under Lamberto Gardelli. At the age of 22, she sang one of her favourite roles, Puccini's Tosca in Budapest which she has already sung in the major opera houses of the world since then. She also sang it in Basel, when giving her very first performance abroad. The Deutsche Oper in Berlin celebrated her as the youngest Tosca in their history. A few years later, the Hungarian opera star also performed at the Covent Garden in London. This time she sang Verdi's Macbeth - she captured the English music lovers in the exceptionally challenging role of Lady Macbeth. Following the performance, the next stop was La Scala in Milan, which is the citadel of the opera literature of Europe, and of the world. Only the opera greats ever reach the enormous milestone of performing there. Here, Lukács débuted as Leonora in Verdi's La forza del destino under the baton of Riccardo Muti.

She first performed in the US in San Francisco as Tosca. This was followed by a performance in the role of Amelia in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. Her real American success was one of the most outstanding events of her career in 2001: performing Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Tosca in front of thousands of people in New York's Central Park. She also later performed Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2004, she performed the role of Abigaille in Verdi's Nabucco in Hamburg and at the Wiener Staatsoper. She scored a huge success as Maddalena in Andrea Chénier as well.

Lukács is in demand by the biggest opera houses of the world. Her exceptional vocal talent, unique musicality and fabulous dramatic ability rank her among the best. While we can enjoy her bel canto of inimitable beauty in Norma, we can also hear her as a mezzo soprano of great volume performing as the heroine of Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. So far her vocal career has included La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera House of New York, Staatsoper in Vienna, San Francisco Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Munich Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Toronto Opera, New National Theatre in Tokyo, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Zurich Opera House as well as the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals. Lukács will début in a new role in the 2005-06 concert season: She will sing the title role of Puccini's Turandot at the Palermo Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 2003 she was granted the honorary title “Merited Artist” of Hungarian Republic.

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