Artist database

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Kalmár Magda

voice - soprano

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

4 March 1944 Budapest

She started her music studies at the age of six, beginning to play the piano. She sat her final examination in the Blanka Teleki Secondary School in Budapest, and then she was accepted to the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music, where she became pupil of Istvánné Balassa and Istvánné Kapitánffy.

In 1967 she contracted with the Opera House as private singer. In 1972 she came in first place at the UNESCO Singing contest (Bratislava). She’s been starring at world premieres and Hungarian premieres of numerous works. She is a famous concert singer as well, performing frequently in major operetta and musical roles. She’s been guest performer in Germany, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, the USA, Italy, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Belgium, Cuba, Canada, Serbia, Croatia, Singapore and Australia. Magda Kalmár has released fifteen opera- and fifteen oratorio records and many operetta and song albums.

Her major roles are: Susanne, Cherubin (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Mozart: Zauberflöte), Despina (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Marcellina (Beethoven: Fidelio), Gilda (Verdi: Rigoletto), Oscar (Verdi: Un ballo in maschera), Rosina, Berta (Rossini: Il barbiere di Seviglia), Fiorilla (Rossini: Il Turco in Italia), Clorinda (Rossini: La Cenerentola), Norina (Donizetti: Don Pasquale), Adina (Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore), Gara Mária (Erkel: László Hunyadi), Micaela (Bizet: Carmen); French princess, Stepmother (Pongrác Kacsóh: János vitéz), Sophie (R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier), Lady (Britten: Albert Herring), Girl (Kodály: Székely fonó), Lulu (Alban Berg); Nyilas Misi (Ferenc Szabó: Légy jó mindhalálig, world premiere), Ilma (Attila Bozay: Csongor és Tünde) and Mária Magdolna (Sándor Szokolay: Ecce homo).

Throughout her career, Magda Kalmár has been awarded many times. She received the Liszt Prize and the Mihály Székely Memorial Plaque (1973), the Pro Urbe Award of Budapest (1975), the Golden Orpheus Prize in Paris (1976), the Prize of the French Academy (1977), the Budapest Music Award (1979), the title Merited Artist (1980), the title Excellent Artist (1987), the EmeRTon Prize (1988), the Déryné Prize and the Erzsébet Prize (1989), the Déryné Memorial Plaque (1993), the Lyra Award (1994), the György Melis Memorial Plaque (1999) and the Kossuth Prize (2003). Magda Kalmár has been eternal member of the Hungarian State Opera House (since 1998) and the Society of Immortals (since 2006).
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1983 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Szentivánéji álom (részletek)
(Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: A Midsummer Night's Dream - excerpts)
Hungaroton HRC 1027 Echo Collection
1985 Erkel Ferenc: Hunyadi László Hungaroton HCD 12581-83 Recorded in 1984, 3 CDs
1989 Respighi, Ottorino: Belfagor Hungaroton HCD 12850-51 2 CDs / First recording
1993 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Koronázási mise K.317/ Schubert: G-dúr mise Hungaroton HCD 12513
1993 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Koronázási mise Delta 14098
1994 Puccini, Giacomo: Gianni Schicchi Hungaroton HCD 12541
1994 Vivaldi, Antonio: Laudate Pueri RV 601; in Fuore RV 626; Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera RV 630 Hungaroton HCD 11632 Own
1995 Cavalli, Francesco: Laetatus sum; Magnificat / Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Te deum Hungaroton HCD 12920
1996 Rossini, Gioacchino: Mózes
(Rossini, Gioacchino: Mosé)
Hungaroton HCD 12290-92 3 CDs / Recorded in 1981
1996 Donizetti, Gaetano: Don Pasquale Hungaroton HCD 12416-17 2 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
1997 Haydn, Joseph: Aki hűtlen, pórul jár
(Haydn, Joseph: L'infedeltá delusa)
Hungaroton HCD 11832-33 2 CDs / Recorded in 1975
1997 Bach, J.S.: János passió BWV 245 Hungaroton HCD 04024 2 CDs
2000 Cherubini, Luigi: Medea Hungaroton HCD 11904-05 2 CDs
2001 Bach, J. S.: Máté Passió BWV 244
(Bach, J. S.: St. Matthew Passion BWV 244)
Hungaroton HCD 12069-71 Own
3 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2009 Haydn, Joseph: Lo Speziale (A patikus, Hob. XXVIII:3)
(Haydn, Joseph: Lo Speziale (The Apothecary, Hob. XXVIII:3))
Hungaroton HCD 11926
2017 Bach, Johann Sebastian: A reformáció és J. S. Bach
(Bach, Johann Sebastian: The Reformation and J. S. Bach)
2017 The Reformation & Johann Sebastian Bach Hungaroton HCD 32763