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.

Károlyi Katalin

voice - mezzosoprano, voice - alto

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Born in Hungary, the mezzo soprano Katalin Károlyi began her musical studies on the violin before studying singing with Noëlle Barker and Julia Hamari. She went on to set up the Studio Versailles Opéra with Rachel Yakar and René Jacobs. Since then she has concentrated on repertoire from baroque opera, chamber music and contemporary music.

Katalin Károlyi has sung under the direction of conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin (Jeney Funeral Rite), William Christie (Charpentier Médée, Les Plaisirs de Versailles, La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers; Monteverdi Madrigals; Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie; Landi Il sant'Alessio,..), Philippe Herreweghe (Stravinsky Mass), Laurence Equilbey (vocal music of Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc), Paul van Nevel (music of the 15th century), Peter Srottner (Strauss Elektra), Bernard Tétu (German chamber music of the 19th and 20th centuries), Roland Hayrabedian (Stravinsky Les Noces), Reinbert de Leeuw, David Robertson, Thomas Adès, Georges Benjamin, Georges-Elie Octors and Susanna Mälkki (contemporary music).

She has performed at many festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Ravinia Chicago, Ille-de-France and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has also appeared with leading opera companies worldwide including the Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Colon, and in concert at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore and Barbican Halls, London and the Cité de la Musique, Paris directed by Jean-Marie Villegier, Cathie Boyd, André Willms, Charlotte Nessi, Adrian Noble, Christophe Marthaler.

In 2000 György Ligeti composed Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedűvel for her and the Amadinda Percussion Group and she has subsequently given numerous performances including with the Asko Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, SŌ Percussion, Tambucco, Contrechamps and at the Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall New York, NDR Hamburg, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Her performance with Amadinda was recorded by Teldec Classics and released as part of their ongoing Ligeti Series.

For William Christie she has sung Il Ritorno d'Ulisse Patria at the Opéra Comique Paris, Wiener Festwochen, Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra de Bordeaux, Barbican Centre London, Brooklyn Academy of Music New York and at the Festival d'Aix en Provence. This was followed by a double bill of Charpentier Les Arts Florissants and La Descente d’Orfée aux enfers with Les Arts Florissants throughout Europe.

Other notable engagements include Ligeti Aventures, Nouvelle Aventures at the Lincoln Center New York and the Opera National de Paris (Bastille), Berio Folk Songs with Psappha at the City of London Festival and with the London Sinfonietta throughout the UK, Reich Tehillim with RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin, Brown and Harvey with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Jeney Halotti szertartás with the National Orchestra of Hungary, Les Noces at the Kultur Ruhr festival Germany, Sciarrino La Infinito Nero for Almeida Opera and also with the Schoenberg Ensemble, Berio Calmo with MusikFabrik, the world premiere of John Woolrich’s The Sea and Its Shore for Almeida Opera and with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Kyriakides An Ocean of Rain for Theatre Cryptic at Aldeburgh Festival and in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. She gives regular concerts throughout Europe with Amadinda Percussion Group and Ictus Ensemble.

Katalin Károlyi has broadcast and recorded with Les Arts Florissants, the Groupe Vocal de France, Le Parlement de Musique and La Chapelle Royale.

During the 2010/11 season she sings Berio and Ligeti with the Seoul Philharmonic, a new work by Jos van de Putte with Asko|Schönberg, and Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedűvel with Ars Nova. She also appears with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in this festival curated by Thomas Adès, which includes performances of Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedűvel and a new opera by Gerald Barry based on The Importance of Being Earnest.

Lecturer at University of Pécs, Faculty of Music and Visual Arts.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1991 Esterházy Pál: Harmonia caelestis - kantáták Hungaroton HCD 31148-49 2 CD
1995 Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers Erato ERATO 0630-11913-2
1995 Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Medée Erato ERATO 4509-96558-2 3 CDs
1995 Hommage Magyar Rádió MR 011 4 CDs
1996 Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Les Plaisirs de Versailles Erato ERATO 0630-14774-2
1998 Vivaldi, Antonio: La Senna Festeggiante Accord ACCORD 206172 2 CDs
1999 Landi, Stefano: Il Sant'Alessio Erato ERATO 0630 14340-2 2 CDs
2000 Bouchot, Vincent: The Pizza Problem Lycaon LY002
2000 Cage, John: Ütőhangszerekre írt kompozíciók - Legacies 3.
(Cage, John: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 31845 Complete Edition 2. (1941-50)
2001 Dukay Barnabás: A mélység színén
(Over the face of the deep)
BMC Records BMC CD 052
2002 The Ligeti Project III Teldec 8573-87631-2
2003 Reich, Steve: Zene 18 előadóra
(Music for 18 Musicians)
Hungaroton HCD 32208
2004 Music Colors - Hungarian Contemporary Music (1989-2004) BMC HMIC BMC PCD 015 Not for sale - only for promotion
2004 Sáry László: Ütőhangszeres kompozíciók
(Sáry, László: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 32179
2004 Monteverdi, Claudio: Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria EMI 0724349061293 DVD
2008 Peri, Iacopo: Euridice Maguelone B001GOH1HO 2 CDs
2012 Rameau, Jean-Philippe: Hippolyte et Aricie Erato ERATO 0630-15517-2 3 CDs
2018 Faragó Béla: Pormacska dalok és táncok
(Béla Faragó: Dustball Songs and Dances)
BMC Records BMC CD 258