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.

Kováts Kolos

voice - bass

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

31 January 1948, Mohács, Hungary

Excellent bassist, equally known as opera and oratorio singer.

He studied at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy as pupil of Ferencné Révhegyi (1966-1970). At the beginning of his career he successfully attended many international contests. He came in first place at the Ferenc Erkel Singing Contest (1970, Budapest) and at the Caruso Singing Contest (1973, Rio de Janeiro). He won second prize at the Tchaikovsky Singing Contest (1974, Moscow).

Since 1970 he’s been private singer of the Hungarian Opera House, but he’s performed in a number of prestigious opera houses, concert halls and festivals. He was on stage in the Milan Scala, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the London Royal Festival Hall, the New York Carnegie Hall and at the Glyndebourne Festival, too. He’s worked with such famous conductors as Antal Doráti, János Ferencsik, Colin Davis, Riccardo Chailly, Lamberto Gardelli, Giuseppe Patane and Seiji Ozawa. In his repertoire we can find almost every significant bass role of the opera history. One of his most memorable performances was the title role of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s castle – he regularly sang it when he was guest performer on the international concert and opera stages.

As role player of oratorios he’s been an important participant of the Hungarian and international concert scene, too. More than twenty disks that were released both in Hungary and abroad record his performances. His major roles are: Sarastro (Mozart: The Magic Flute), Guardiano (Verdi: La forza del destino), Philip the Second (Verdi: Don Carlos), Pagano (Verdi: I Lombardi), Zaccaria (Verdi: Nabucco), Fiesco (Verdi: Simon Boccanegra), Henry the Eighth (Donizetti: Anna Bolena), Gremin (Tchaikovsky: Onegin), Mephisto (Gounod: Faust), Dosifey (Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina), Bluebeard (Bartók: Bluebeard’s castle).

Kolos Kováts has been eternal member of the Hungarian State Opera House since 1996. He was awarded with the Liszt Prize (1977), the Mihály Székely Memorial Plaque (1978), the title Merited Artist (1984), the Kossuth Prize (1992), the Medal of Merit of the President of the Hungarian Republic (2003), the Bartók-Pásztory Award (2005) and the Béla Bartók Memorial Award (2006).
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Verdi, Giuseppe: A lombardok az első keresztes hadjáratban
(Verdi, Giuseppe: I Lombardi alla prima crociata / The Lombards at the First Crusade)
Hungaroton HCD 12498 3 CDs
1991 Liszt Ferenc: Kórusművek
(Liszt: Choral Works)
Hungaroton HCD 12748
1993 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Koronázási mise Delta 14098
1993 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Koronázási mise K.317/ Schubert: G-dúr mise Hungaroton HCD 12513
1995 Cavalli, Francesco: Laetatus sum; Magnificat / Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Te deum Hungaroton HCD 12920
1995 Verdi, Giuseppe: Attila Hungaroton HCD 12934 2 CDs
1996 Nagy Magyar Énekesek: Kováts Kolos
(Great Hungarian Voices: Kolos Kováts)
Hungaroton HCD 31650 Own
Contr: Giorgio Lamberti
Cond: Lamberto Gardelli
1996 Liszt Ferenc: Szent Erzsébet legendája
(Die Legende von der Heiligen Elisabeth R.477)
Hungaroton HCD 12694
1997 Bach, J.S.: János passió BWV 245 Hungaroton HCD 04024 2 CDs
1998 Kováts Kolos: Auditio Appleton Picton BCC 27 Own
1999 Verdi, Giuseppe: Macbeth Hungaroton HCD 12738 3 CDs
1999 Bach, J. S. / Händel, George Frideric / Haydn, Joseph: Népszerű oratórium kórusok
(Bach, J. S. / Händel, George Frideric / Haydn, Joseph: Favourite Oratorio Choruses)
Hungaroton HRC 1018 Echo Collection
2000 Cherubini, Luigi: Medea Hungaroton HCD 11904-05 2 CDs
2001 Vivaldi, Antonio: Az Olimpia (részletek)
(Vivaldi, Antonio: L'Olimpiade (highlights))
Hungaroton HCD 32022
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2001 Erkel Ferenc: Bánk bán Warner 2564 67436-4
2017 Bach, Johann Sebastian: A reformáció és J. S. Bach
(Bach, Johann Sebastian: The Reformation and J. S. Bach)
2017 The Reformation & Johann Sebastian Bach Hungaroton HCD 32763