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.

Orosz Júlia

voice - soprano

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

3 March 1908 Budapest – 19 October 1997 Budapest

One of the most multi-faceted personalities in the history of Hungarian opera, she was a soprano equally at hoe in dramatic and lyrical roles.

At the age of 18 she already gave a concert in Paris, and first in Budapest in 1928 in a Budapest Orchestra talent-spotting event. She studied at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest in the Department of Singing.

She began her career at the City Theatre, and made her début at the Hungarian State Opera House in 1929 in the role of Blonde’s (Die Ausführung aus dem Serail). She was a scholar of the State Opera House, then a freelance singer between 1930-69.

She had quite a range of repertoire: during a forty-year career she sang more than eighty roles. Especially memorable were her performances in Puccini and Mozart, but her scope extended from Wagner to operetta and almost every form of musical theatre.

She gave many concerts in several European countries. Her main roles are: Blonde (Die Ausführung aus dem Serail), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Desdemona (Othello), Elza (Lohengrin), Margit (Faust), Mimi (La Bohème), Cio-Cio-San (Madame Butterfly), Tosca, Liu (Turandot) and Nedda (I Pagliacci).

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

Prizes and awards:
Liberty Prize
1953 Artist of Merit
1956 Kossuth Prize
1959 Artist of Excellence
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
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