Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Lax Éva

voice - mezzosoprano

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Éva Lax began her vocal studies at the Béla Bartók Specialist Music High School in Budapest, graduating and later taking a PhD in the Italian faculty of the Eötvös Loránd University in that city. Throughout this period her singing teacher was Ilona Adorján, and she also took part on several occasions in master-classes at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival Summer Academy, where she was a pupil of René Jacobs, Emma Kirkby and Jessica Cash. On three occasions between 1998 and 2000 she undertook further study in the early music field in Amsterdam.

A founder member of the Budapest-based ensemble Affetti Musicali, she has also performed with many other Hungarian groups both at home and abroad, including Capella Savaria, Concerto Armonico, Musica Profana, Cantus Corvinus and Ars Longa. She has appeared as a soloist on numerous occasions in concerts with the Italian Bach Accademia in Padua and Venice. With all these groups she has made recordings. In France she has appeared at the Senlis and Avignon Festivals, and in the Musicora series in Paris, while in Hungary she is known for her performances at the early music festivals of Sopron, Fertőd and Budapest, working with such well-known musicians as Malcom Bilson, Nicolas McGegan and Miklós Spányi.

The core of Éva Lax’s repertoire is early music, ranging from the Middle Ages to the Viennese classics, but she has made frequent excursions into Romantic and contemporary music. Academically the most important fruit of her philological work has been a critical edition of the complete letters of Claudio Monteverdi, published by Olschki in Florence (1994), of which an edition in Hungarian appeared in 1998 under the Kávé Kiadó imprint. At her alma mater she now teaches the history of the Italian language and of music, and she is a professor of Singing at the Leo Weiner Conservatoire. To date she has recorded ten CDs for Hungaroton: solo cantatas by Telemann, Hasse and Steffani, and operas and oratorios by Handel, Caldara and Carissimi. For the Italian label Dynamic she has made four recordings of works by Telemann, Vivaldi and of cantatas by early Italian composers.

Current performances of Éva Lax
Koncertkalendárium (
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1984 Carissimi, Giacomo: Jónás; Baltazár
(Carissimi, Giacomo: Jonas; Baltazar)
Hungaroton SLPX 12509 LP / Reissue on CD: Hungaroton HCD 12509
1984 Barokk karácsony - Concertók és kantáták
(Baroque Christmas - Concertos & Cantatas)
Hungaroton SLPD 12561 LP / Reissue on CD: Hungaroton HCD 12561 (1995)
1990 Scarlatti, Domenico: g-moll "Madridi" mise; Caldara, Antonio: Stabat mater; Monteverdi, Claudio: Misék (112, 126, 147)
(Scarlatti, Domenico: G minor "Madrid" Mass; Caldara, Antonio: Stabat mater; Monteverdi, Claudio: Psalms (112, 126, 147))
Hungaroton HCD 31273
1992 Bach, J.S.: Kantáták (182, 4, 12)
(Bach, J.S.: Cantatas (182, 4, 12))
Magánkiadás FX 9201
1993 Echoes of Love - 18. századi olasz kantáták
(Echoes of Love - Italian Cantatas of the Eighteen Century)
Dynamic CDS106 World premiere recordings
1994 Vivaldi, Antonio: Gloria e Imeneo - serenata Dynamic CDS125
1994 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Der Harmonische Gottesdienst, Vol. 1 Dynamic CDS118
1995 Barokk karácsony - Concertók és kantáták
(Baroque Christmas - Concertos & Cantatas)
Hungaroton HCD 12561 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12561 (1984)
1995 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Atalanta Hungaroton HCD 12612-14 3 CDs / World premiere recording
1995 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Brockes passió Hungaroton HCD 12734-36
1995 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Der Harmonische Gottesdienst, Vol. 2 Dynamic CDS 130 First recording
1995 Fiatal zeneszerzők csoportja - IV. Antológia
(Young Composers' Group; Anthology - IV)
Hungaroton HCD 31192
1996 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Szóló kantáták a "Fortsetzung des Harmonischen Gottesdienstes" gyűjteményből
(Telemann, Georg Philipp: Solo Cantatas from the Collection "Fortsetzung des Harmonischen Gottesdienstes")
Hungaroton HCD 31597
1998 Bach, J. S.: Karácsonyi oratórium II. (BWV 248/IV-V-VI)
(Bach, J. S.: Weihnachts Oratorium II. (BWV 248/IV-V-VI))
2000 Carissimi, Giacomo: Jónás; Baltazár
(Carissimi, Giacomo: Jonas; Baltazar)
Hungaroton HCD 12509 Reissue on CD: Hungaroton SLPX 12509
2000 Hasse, Johann Adolf: Olasz kantáták (obligát hangszerekkel) Hungaroton HCD 31843
2003 Steffani, Agostino: Scherzi Musicali - Hat kantáta
(Steffani, Agostino: Scherzi Musicali - Six cantatas)
Hungaroton HCD 32078
2008 Respighi, Ottorino / Lajtha László: Kórusművek
(Respighi, Ottorino / Lajtha László: Choral Works)
Hungaroton HCD 32335
2010 Kusser, J. S.: Két serenata a dublini udvar számára
(Kusser, J. S.: Two Serenatas for the Dublin Court)
Hungaroton HCD 32633