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Takács Klára

voice - mezzosoprano

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Lengyeltóti, 24th April, 1945 - 21st January, 2017

Her career began as a member of the Budapest Madrigal Choir. Having graduated at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music she was engaged by the Hungarian State Opera in 1973, where she was a leading mezzo-soprano for long time. Her major roles include Orfeo, Cherubino, Dorabella, Marina (Boris Godunov), Adalgisa, Erda Zamira (II turco in Italia), Eboli, Cenerentola, Carmen, Judit (The Bluebeard’s Castle) And Charlotte (Werher). Ms. Takács is one of the most outstanding oratorio singers of Budapest performances, and frequently appears also in Lieder-programmes. Her fame has spread abroad, and she has appeared in many great opera houses including the New York Metropolitan, Carnegie Hall, Staatsoper (Wien), etc. A series of succesful Hungaroton releases starred Klára Takács. Her recordings have been awarded internationally.

1979 Liszt Award
1980 Székely Mihaly Plaquette
2007 Officer’s Cross Order Of Merit Of The Republic Of Hungary
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1966 Haydn, Joseph: A Megváltó hét szava a keresztfán Hob. XX:2
(Haydn, Joseph: The Seven Last Words of Christ Hob. XX:2)
Hungaroton HCD 12199 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPX 12199-200 (1980)
1981 Vivaldi, Antonio: Intrada e Gloria RV 639, 588; Cessate Essate, Omai Cessate RV 684 Hungaroton HCD 12087 Own
1983 Mahler, Gustav: VIII. (Esz-dúr) szimfónia (Ezrek szimfóniája) Hungaroton SLPD 12543-44 LP
1987 Vivaldi, Antonio: Credo RV 591; Beatus Vir RV 598; Lauda Jerusaloem RV 609; Gloria RV 589 Hungaroton HCD 11695
1989 Respighi, Ottorino: Belfagor Hungaroton HCD 12850-51 2 CDs / First recording
1994 Magnificat - Vivaldi / Albinoni / Sammartini / Caldara Hungaroton HCD 31259
1994 Magnificat Hungaroton HCD 31259
1995 Liszt Ferenc: Magyar koronázási mise R. 487
(Ferenc Liszt: Hungarian Coronation Mass R. 487)
Hungaroton HCD 12148
1995 Kodály Zoltán: Háry János Hungaroton HCD 12837-38 2 CDs
1995 Haydn, Joseph: Harmoniemesse Hungaroton HCD 12360
1995 Cavalli, Francesco: Laetatus sum; Magnificat / Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Te deum Hungaroton HCD 12920
1995 Puccini, Giacomo: Pillangókisasszony
(Puccini, Giacomo: Madame Butterfly)
Hungaroton HCD 12256-57 2 CDs - Recorded in 1981
1995 Respighi, Ottorino: A láng
(Respighi, Ottorino: La Flamma)
Hungaroton HCD 12591-93 3 CDs
1996 Boito, Arrigo: Nerrone Hungaroton HCD 12487-89 3 CDs / Recorded in 1982
1997 Goldmark Károly: Sába királynője
(Goldmark Karl: Die Königin von Saba (The Queen of Saba))
Hungaroton HCD 12179-81 3 CDs /Recorded in 1980
1999 400 Years of the Opera Vol.1 Hungaroton HRC 1019 Echo Collection
2000 Cherubini, Luigi: Medea Hungaroton HCD 11904-05 2 CDs
2001 Liszt Ferenc: Kantáták és himnuszok
(Liszt: Cantatas & Hymns)
Hungaroton HCD 31960
2001 Liszt Ferenc: Krisztus - oratórium
(Liszt: Christus - oratorio)
Hungaroton HCD 12831
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2001 Vivaldi, Antonio: Az Olimpia (részletek)
(Vivaldi, Antonio: L'Olimpiade (highlights))
Hungaroton HCD 32022
2004 Classic Moods - Verdi, Puccini, Massenet, Gounod, Bizet, Saint-Saens, Wagner, Offenbach Capriccio C18410
2004 Famous Austrian Composers - Strauss, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Albrechtsberger Capriccio C49370 5 CDs
2004 Kodály Zoltán: Háry János kalandozásai Nagyabonytul a Burgvárig (Zenés mesék - Mesés zenék) Hungaroton HCD 19455 2 CDs
2004 Vivaldi, Antonio: Sacrum/Domine ad adiuvandum... Hungaroton HCD 32182
2006 Haydn, Joseph: Symphonies, Concertos, String Quartets, The Creation (Masterpieces) Capriccio C49520
2013 Masses - Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Weber, Beethoven, Cherubini, Gounod Capriccio C7161 10 CDs
2016 Klára Takács: Songs by Liszt, Verdi, Strauss & Schumann Hungaroton HCD 32769