Kovács István

Kovács IstvánHe studied at the Franz Liszt Music School in Pécs, then he went to Budapest to continue his studies with Katalin Schulcz. For a long time his mentor has been LÁSZLÓ POLGÁR, the world-renowned Hungarian bass.

In 1997 he was a leading prize winner at the „Schubert and the Music of the XX. Century” Competition in Graz, where he also won a special prize for the best Schubert interpretation. In 1998 István Kovács was awarded the prize for the best singer in the category oratorio-song at the Francesco Vinas International Competition in Barcelona.

At the ARD Competition in Munich 1998 he was given a special sponsorship award and in 1999 he was awarded 3. prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition.

István Kovács was heard at the ARD Competition by Claudio Desderi, who invited him to sing in six productions at the Teatro Regio in Torino in the season 1999/2000, among others in The Rake’s Progress- Father Trulove, L’Italiana in Algeri- Haly, Wozzeck by Gurlitt- Der Kapitaen, Lucia di Lammermoor- Raimondo.

In the season 2000/2001 he sang the role of  Raimondo and the role of Nanni in L’Infedeltá delusa by Haydn at the Hungarian State Opera, the title role of Don Giovanni at the New Theatre in Budapest, and Bartók’s Cantata Profana with Heinz Holliger in Stuttgart. He was Publio in La Clemenza di Tito at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg and he also sang there the role of Apollonio in Cesti’s Il Tito under William Christie.
At the Salzburger Festspiele 2001 he sang the Mass in C minor by Mozart with the Mozarteum Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, in December 2001 he stepped in Haendel’s Messiah with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Herbert Blomsted.

In Season 2001/2002 he sang at the Frankfurt am Main Opera Angelotti in Tosca and the role of  Nummer 5 in the production of Das Verratene Meer by Henze. At the Hungarian State Opera he sang the role of Guglielmo. He sang Requiem by Mozart at the Sleswig-Holstein Festival in August 2002 and in November Bartók’s Cantata Profana with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Heinz Holliger. Toured Germany, Austria France and Italy with Haendels Messiah under Helmut Rilling in December 2002.

  In 2003 he sang Don Giovanni at the Miskolc Opera Festival, Guglielmo in the Hungarian State Opera, Elias by Mendelssohn in Budapest, as well as the Credo by Pendereczki in Stuttgart and Berlin under Pendereczki.In November 2003 he sang the role of Timur in Puccini’s Turandot at the Berlin State Opera unter den Linden. He sang Die Jahreszeiten by Haydn under Helmuth Rilling in Milan, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorio and Bluebard’s Castle by Bartók in Budapest.In 2004 he sang Bach’s h-moll Mass under Helmuth Rilling, Mendelssohns Elias and Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion in Budapest.

István Kovács sang the role of Selim in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia at the St. Moritz Opera-Festival and in summer 2004 he sang and played the role of Bluebard in Bluebard’s Castle by Bartók in a film production for the Hungarian Television.

In the season 2004-2005 he sang Stabat Mater by Dvorak in Stuttgart and Frankfurt, Mendelssohn’s opera Der Onkel aus Boston in Essen, Haydn’s Creation in Budapest. He was invited to sing the role of Timur in the Berlin State Opera unter den Linden, the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Kaspar in Freischütz in Budapest, and Händel’s Belshazzar in Paris, Amsterdam and Madrid. He sang c-minor Mass of Mozart at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. He was invited to sing the role of the Monstre in Ibert’s Persée et Andromede and the role of Bluebard in Bartók’s Bluebard’s Castle at the Tatro Massimo, Palermo.

In 2006 he was on tour with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, sang Beethoven’s IX in Milan with Herbert Bloomstedt, sang Schumann’s „Der Rose Pilgerfahrt” in Stuttgart with Heinz Holliger and „The Creation” by Haydn with Bruno Weil. He sang 4. Tentatore and 2. Cavalliere in a DVD made by TELDEC  from the Pizzetti’s opera „Assassinio nella Cattedrale” in Bari.