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.

Komlóssy Erzsébet

voice - mezzosoprano, voice - alto

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

9 July 1933 Salgótarján - 22 April 2014

Opera singer (alt, mezzo-soprano), outstanding personality of the ‘60s and ‘70s – she performed a number of memorable dramatic roles.

She learned in the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music as pupil of Géza László (1950-1955), and debuted 1955 in Szeged, in the role of the Housewife (Zoltán Kodály: Transylvanian Spinning Room).

She was private singer of the National Theater of Szeged (1955-1958) and of the Hungarian State Opera House (1958-1988). From 1988 she’s been singing master there. She had many guest performances abroad and achieved great success in major dramatic mezzo-soprano roles. She performed in Berlin, London, Rome, and in many other places. In Rome she sang Verdi’s Masquerade with such famous partners as Montserrat Caballé, Flaviano Labó, Mario Sereni and Bruno Bartoletti – this performance was recorded.

Requested by István Kertész, she sang the role of Örzse at the first international-quality recording of Kodály’s János Háry. She contributed the world premiere of Sándor Szokolay’s operas: Blood wedding and Hamlet. She frequently performed as oratorio singer and made a number of recordings.

Her major roles are: Azucena (Verdi: Il trovatore), Ulrica (Verdi: Masquerade), Amneris (Verdi: Aida), Orpheus (Gluck: Orpheus and Eurydice), Carmen (Bizet: Carmen), Delilah (Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah), Marfa (Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina), Gertrudis (Erkel: Bánk bán), Örzse (Kodály: János Háry), Housewife (Kodály: Transylvanian Spinning Room), Mother (Szokolay: Blood wedding), Gertrude (Szokolay: Hamlet).

She received the Liszt Prize (1964), the Mihály Székely Memorial Plaque (1967), the Kossuth Prize (1973), the title Merited Artist (1982), the Middle Cross of Merit of Order of the Hungarian Republic (1994) and the Master Artist Prize of the Hungarian State Opera House (2003). Erzsébet Komlóssy has been member of the Hungarian State Opera House since 1991 and also eternal member of the Society of Immortals since 2007.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1989 Szokolay Sándor: Vérnász
(Szokolay, Sándor: Blood Wedding)
Hungaroton HCD 11262-63 2 CDs
1994 Erkel Ferenc: Bánk bán Hungaroton HCD 11376-77
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
2000 Bizet, Georges: Carmen (részletek) Hungaroton HCD 32026 Great Hungarian Voices Series
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2001 Puccini, Giacomo: Manon Lescaut Hungaroton HCD 12648-49 2 CDs
2019 The Masters Collection: János Ferencsik Hungaroton HCD 32820–22 3 CDs