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.

Déry Gabriella

voice - soprano

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

12 October 1933 Budafok - 10 March 2014

From 1953 to 1958 she visited the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music as pupil of Géza László, meanwhile she was a private student of Erzsébet Hoór-Tempis, too. From 1958 she's been private singer of the Hungarian State Opera House, where she debuted in the role of Erzsébet Szilágyi (Erkel Ferenc: László Hunyadi).

At the beginning of her career she mainly sang coloratur roles, but soon she�s changed to dramatic soprano roles. Taking over the heritage of Paula Takács she�s become the leading dramatic soprano of the Opera House. She sang almost every dramatic soprano roles by Verdi and Puccini. Her modern, colorful acting made her perfectly competent in performing of heroines by Richard Strauss (Marshall�s wife, Ariadne). She combined smooth, beautiful and balanced voice with dramatic and articulate performing skills.

She�s contributed to numerous opera recordings (Erkel: László Hunyadi, Verdi: Aida, Il trovatore, Traviata). She was guest performer in many countries of Europe and the American continent. Her major roles are: Donna Anna (Mozart: Don Giovanni), Abigel (Verdi: Nabucco), Leonora (Verdi: La forza del destino), Queen of Saba (Károly Goldmark), Salome (Richard Strauss), Turandot and Tosca (Puccini).

During her career she was honored with many prestigious awards, like the Liszt Prize (1967), the title Merited Artist (1971) the title Excellent Artist (1980), the Award �Master Artist of the Hungarian State Opera House� and the Kossuth Prize (2005).

Gabriella Déry is eternal member of the Opera House since 1990.

Donna Anna - Don Giovanni;
Abigel - Nabucco;
Leonora - La forza del destino;
Die Königin von Saba;
Szilágyi Erzsébet - Hunyadi László;
Melinda - Bánk bán;
Marschallin - Der Rosenkavalier;
Ariadne - Ariadne auf Naxos