Artist database

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Melis György

voice - baritone

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

2 July 1923 Szarvas – 27 November 2009 Budapest

Opera singer (baritone), beside his excellent singing talent, he is also well-known for his outstanding acting performance – he was equally great in lyrical and dramatic roles.

He studied music at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy as pupil of Imre Molnár, Anna Rosti, Józsa Sallay and Ferencné Révhegyi (1945-1951).

From 1949 he was private singer of the Hungarian State Opera House, he debuted in the role of Morales (Bizet: Carmen). He won the VIT Prize in Budapest (1949) and in Bukarest (1953), and then came in first at the Singing Contest in Prague (1954). He guest performed in almost every country of Europe (Paris, Milan, Vienna, Glyndebourne, Liverpool, Brussels, Cologne, Graz and Moscow) and in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Australia. On his foreign concerts he primarily achieved outstanding success in the role of Don Giovanni (Mozart), which he sang in German and in Italian, too.

Except the works of Wagner, he sang all of the significant (almost seventy) baritone roles of the opera history. The most important ones are: Don Giovanni (Mozart), Don Alfonso, Guglielmo (Mozart: Cosi fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Mozart: The marriage of Figaro), Pizarro (Beethoven: Fidelio), Jago (Verdi: Othello), Falstaff (Verdi), Germont (Verdi: Traviata), Amonasro (Verdi: Aida), Posa (Verdi: Don Carlos), Figaro (Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia), Escamillo (Bizet: Carmen), Don Pasquale, Malatesta (Donizetti), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Marcel (Puccini: Il tabarro), Shaklovity (Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina), Bluebeard (Bartók: Bluebeard’s castle).

Outstanding oratorio and song singer, he successfully performed the passions of J. S. Bach and the works of Brahms, Berlioz, Mahler, Schubert and Schumann. A number of contemporary Hungarian works are related to his name. In Hungary he published eighteen opera albums and two independent albums. In 1988 he founded his own award, the György Melis Memorial Plaque that is for singers who vocalize the most clearly and beautifully.

He was honored with the Liszt Prize (1954, 1959, 1973), the title Merited Artist (1959), the Kossuth Prize (1962), the title Excellent Artist (1967), the Kazinczy Prize (1973), the Bartók-Pásztory Award (1986), the Diamond Star of Order of the People’s Republic of Hungary (1988), the Pro Budapest and the Hungarian Heritage Award (1998), the Master Artist of the Hungarian State Opera House Award, the Gundel Pro Arte Award and the My Homeland Award (2003) and the Honorary Award of the Táncsics Foundation (2005). György Melis was eternal member of the Hungarian State Opera House since 1989, and he became Freeman of Szarvas in 1986.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1971 Bárdos Lajos kórusművei
(Bárdos: Choral Works)
Hungaroton LPX 11538 LP
1994 Erkel Ferenc: Bánk bán Hungaroton HCD 11376-77
1994 Puccini, Giacomo: Gianni Schicchi Hungaroton HCD 12541
1994 Kodály Zoltán: Háry János; Variations on a Hungarian Folksong Decca 443 488-2 2 CDs
1996 Kodály Zoltán: Spinning Room Hungaroton HCD 12839-40
1997 Bach, J.S.: János passió BWV 245 Hungaroton HCD 04024 2 CDs
1997 Bartók Béla: A kékszakállú herceg vára
(Bartók, Béla: Bluebards Castle)
Hungaroton HCD 11486 Own
1998 Nagy Magyar Énekesek: Ilosfalvy Róbert
(Great Hungarian Voices: Róbert Ilosfalvy)
Hungaroton HCD 31762
1998 Rossini, Gioacchino: A sevillai borbély
(Rossini, Gioacchino: Il barbiere di Siviglia)
Hungaroton HCD 12625-26
1999 Verdi, Giuseppe: Rigoletto Hungaroton HCD 31808-09 2 CDs / Recorded in 1965
1999 Farkas Ferenc: Kantáták
(Farkas, Ferenc: Cantatas)
Hungaroton HCD 31852
2000 Mozart, W. A.: A Varázsfuvola (részletek)
(Mozart, W. A.: Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute (excerpts))
Hungaroton HCD 11539
2000 Poldini Ede: Farsangi lakodalom
(Poldini, Ede: Hochzeit im Fasching)
Hungaroton HCD 31974-75 2 CDs
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Színpadi művek: A kékszakállú herceg vára; A csodálatos mandarin; A fából faragott királyfi
(Bartók Complete Edition - Bluebards Castle; The Wooden Prince; The Miracoulos Mandarin)
Hungaroton HCD 41002 2 CDs
2001 Puccini, Giacomo: Manon Lescaut Hungaroton HCD 12648-49 2 CDs
2001 Mozart, W. A.: A varázsfuvola (Zenés mesék - Mesés zenék)
(Mozart, W. A.: Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute)
Hungaroton HCD 19451
2001 Liszt Ferenc: Kantáták és himnuszok
(Liszt: Cantatas & Hymns)
Hungaroton HCD 31960
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2003 Nagy Magyar Énekesek: Házy Erzsébet
(Great Hungarian Voices: Erzsébet Házy)
Hungaroton HCD 31996
2004 Classic Moods - Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Gounod, Bizet, Saint-Saens, Wagner, Offenbach Capriccio C18410
2008 Walter Felnstein Edition - Komische Oper 1956-76 Arthaus Musik 101345 DVD
2008 Walter Felsenstein Edition - Komische Oper 1956-76 - Deluxe Limited Edition Arthaus Musik 101305
2009 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Don Giovanni Arthaus Musik 101299