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.

Simándy József

voice - tenor

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

1916 - 1997

József Simándy was born on 18 September 1916 in Kistarcsa. After finishing his schools he learnt motor-maintenance at the Grey Taxi company and he worked there as a car-mechanic up to the autumn of 1939. The former City Theatre offered him a contract as a "choir-member and supernumerary". One year later he was admitted to the Opera Choir.

At the Music Academy he was Dr. Ferenc Székelyhidy's pupil. In 1945 Viktor Vaszy offered him a contract in the company of the National Theatre of Szeged. He was invited as a guest to the Hungarian State Opera in spring 1947, and then he became a member there. Within some years he sang the following roles in addition to Turiddu and Don José: Lohengrin, Gabriele Adorno, Valgyimir (Knyaz Igor), Radames, Walther von Stolzing, János (The Sold Fiancée), Manrico, Young man (Kodály: Transylvanian Spinning Room), Rotarides (Jenő Kenessey: The Gold and the Woman), Don Carlos, the Prince of Mantua, Lensky, Riccardo, Erik, Bánk bán, Oleg Kosevoj (Meytus: Molodaya Gvardya – The Young Brigade), Florestan, Gyuri (Tibor Polgár: Suitors), Tamino.

From the autumn of 1956 he "shuttled" between Budapest and the Opera House of Munich; there he sang several parts that he never sang at home: Edgardo, Alfredo (Traviata), Italian singer (Rosenkavalier), Rinuccio. His further roles in the Hungarian State Opera were: Márton Gyula (Mihály Hajdú: Kata Kádár), László Hunyadi, Othello, Des Grieux, Murat (Erkel: György Brankovics), Cavaradossi, Canio, Homonnay (The Gypsy Baron).

József Simándy was awarded with Kossuth Prize in 1953; in 1962 he received the title Merited Artist, in 1964 the title Excellent Artist. In 1990 he was awarded with Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize. In November 1973 he retired, but still appeared on the stage occasionally, up to his farewell-performance in 1980. He died in Budapest in 1997.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1994 Erkel Ferenc: Bánk bán Hungaroton HCD 11376-77
1995 Bartók Béla: Cantata Profana; Kodály Zoltán: Psalmus Hungaricus; Hungaroton HCD 31503
1996 Kodály Zoltán: Spinning Room Hungaroton HCD 12839-40
1997 Nagy Magyar Énekesek: Simándy József
(Great Hungarian Voices: József Simándy)
Hungaroton HCD 31726 Own
1997 Kodály Zoltán: Psalmus Hungaricus; Fölszállott a páva Hungaroton HCD 11392
1999 Operanyitányok és Intermezzók
(Opera Overtures and Intermezzos)
Hungaroton HRC 1035 Echo Collection
1999 400 Years of the Opera Vol.1 Hungaroton HRC 1019 Echo Collection
2000 Bizet, Georges: Carmen (részletek) Hungaroton HCD 32026 Great Hungarian Voices Series
2000 Erkel Ferenc: Bánk bán/ Hunyadi László (részletek) Hungaroton HRC 1054 Echo Collection
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2019 The Masters Collection: János Ferencsik Hungaroton HCD 32820–22 3 CDs