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.

Osváth Júlia

voice - soprano

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

15th February, 1908 Rákospalota - 20th August, 1994 Budapest

A soprano, an outstanding performer of the operatic repertoire.

She began her career in Emil Lichtenberg's choir in the 1920s, then became a soloist with Choir Palestrina in 1932, then in the Mátyás Church (Buda Castle) in 1930. She became a pupil at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest in 1933, where she studied under József Sík, and covered three years' work in one year. Later, she studied as a private student of Árpád Palotai.

Between 1935 and 1969 she was a freelance singer with the Hungarian State Opera, where she made her début as Mária Gara (in Ferenc Erkel's László Hunyadi). She played the role of the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) at the Salzburg Festival, where the conductor was Arturo Toscanini. She took part in the legendary performances of Otto Klemperer. In the first performance in the Opera House after World War II, on 15 March 1945, she played Melinda in Ferenc Erkel's Bánk bán. She performed in many different countries as a guest performer: Sofia, Bucharest, Ostende, Moscow, Leningrad and Vienna.

At the beginning of her career she scored many great successes with the roles of Mozart, and her name became synonymous with that of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro. Later, her repertoire included operas by Verdi, Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Erkel. One of her great roles was The Marshallin (Die Rosenkavalier). Her other important roles were: Manon (Massenet), Masenca (Smetana: The Bartered Bride), Elizabeth (Verdi: Don Carlos), Desdemona (Verdi: Othello), Tatiana (Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin), Eva (Wagner: Die Meistersinger), Violetta (Verdi: La Traviata), Mimi and Musette (Puccini: La Bohéme).

She was elected a perpetual member of the Hungarian State Opera.

Prizes and awards:
1949 Kossuth Prize
1950 Artist of Merit
1953 Artist of Excellence
1985 Jubilee Goldring of the State Opera