Hungarian Bass-baritone Károly Szemerédy is fast establishing himself as one of the most exciting young artists performing on the worldwide stage. Upcoming highlights of the of the 2023/24 season include his debut with the Opera National de Paris as Dr Kolenatý The Makropulos Affair, and return appearances with the Opéra National de Lyon and as Orest Elektra with the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Last season, his engagements included Bluebeard Bluebeard’s Castle for Teatro Colon and Opéra National de Lyon, Orest in Munich, and Klingsor Parsifal and Thoas Iphigenia in Tauris for the Hungarian State Opera.
Other recent operatic highlights include Orest and Dr. Kolenaty for the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Bluebeard and Chichkov From The House of the Dead for the Opera de Lyon, Machiavelli Egmont for the Theater an der Wien, Captain of the Royal Guard The Bassarids for the Salzburg Festspiele, Nikititisch Boris Godunov for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Escamillio Carmen for Teatr Wielki, Lowitskij Boris Godunov, Don Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Orest and First Nazarene Salome for the Teatro Real Madrid. A returning artist to the Hungarian State Opera, he has performed regularly with the house since 2014 in roles including Leonardo Blood Wedding, Escamillio, Michele II Tabarro, Yeletsky The Queen of Spades, Il Re d'Egitto Aida and Crown Porgy and Bess.
On the concert platform, he has performed Bluebeard with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of the Municipal Theater of Bologna, and Orest at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In 2015, he gave a highly acclaimed role debut as King Salomon in the rediscovery of K. Goldmark's The Queen of Sheba recorded for CPO classics, with later performances at Theater Freiburg and the Hungarian State Opera.
In 2008, Szemerédy took first place at the Maestro Guerrero International Singing Competition in Madrid, and later reached the finals in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. In that same year, in Québec, he won third place at the Operalia competition.
Bluebeard Bluebeard’s Castle
Swallow Peter Grimes
Harasta Cunning Little Vixen
Dr Kolenatý The Makropulos Affair
Siskov From The House Of The Dead
Don Giovanni Don Giovanni
Marcello La Boheme
Sharpless Madama Butterfly
Gianni Schicci Gianni Schicci
Don Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Guillaume Tell Guillaume Tell
Count Tomsky Pique Dame
"Szemeredy has all the credentials to become a reference Bluebeard, not only for his undeniable skill in bringing him to the stage, but also for his virtually total knowledge of the role and work."