About Bernadett

Bernadett’s family heritage had many values but music was not one of them. However as early as the age of 10 it became obvious, that being a musician is the only path she should follow. 20 years later her emblematic rich tone and her uniquely humble yet authentic performance enchants many audiences across Europe.

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The hungarian mezzo-soprano appears at the highest level both as a solo and an ensemble singer. Her repertoire covers from baroque to contemporary music. Most recently she is busy preparing for her chamber music concert together with Flóra Fábri (harpsichord) and Piroska Baranyay (cello), where they performe works by J. S. bach and G. F. Händel. For the seasons 2019-20-21 she has got the privilege to be one of the core members of the Dutch Bach Society (artistic leader: Shunske Sato)

She had the possibility to work with Iván Fischer, Helmuth Rilling, René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Jos van Veldhoven, Vaclav Luks, György Vashegyi, Pál Németh, Zoltán Pad, Salamon Kamp, Tonu Kaljuste, Frieder Bernius, Grete Pedersen, Peter Dijkstra and Éva Kollár.

Solo highlights of the season include the role “Fernando” in the comic opera “Montezuma and the ginger friar” written and conducted by José Cura, alto solo in Bach Matthew-passion with the Alba Regia Symphonic Orchestra, Székesfehérvár (Zoltán Pad, conductor), the mezzosoprano solo of the Stabat Mater by E. Dohnányi with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Zsolt Hamar, conductor) and the alto solo of Messiah by G.F. Händel with the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht (Johannes Leertrouwer, conductor).

She enjoys preparing the solo parts in some of the masterpieces by J.S. Bach such as the “Matthew-passion”, “Magnificat”, cantata “Gottes Zeit – BWV 106” and the motet “Singet dem Herrn”. With the Discantus Ensemble, Budapest they are preparing an adaptation of “The tempest” by W. Shakespeare, where she plays the role “Ariel”. 

In the international World Youth Choir she was the alto section leader for several sessions. This experience led her to become a section leader in the Hungarian National Choir between 2016-2019. (Csaba Somos, conductor). Occasionally she is invited to lead and coach the alto-section of the Berkshire Choral International since 2017. 

In the past ten years among others she has been singing the alto solo in “Les deux Stabats” Pergolesi&Haydn with the Orfeo Orchestra (György Vashegyi, conductor), the alto solo of the “Christmas Oratorio by J. S. Bach” with the Hungarian Radio Orchestra and Choir (Zoltán Pad, contuctor), the role of Oenone in “Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau” in the Hungarian State Opera (Csaba Káel, director, György Vashegyi, conductor) and playing one of the main roles in “The Beggar’s Opera by J. Gay “with the Discantus Ensemble (Péter Mészáros&Krisztián Nemes, artistic leader). In 2015 she was part of Arvo Pärt Stabat Mater as one of the soloists at the Konvergencie Festival, Bratislava.

She sang in great ensembles like the New Dutch Vocal Ensemble (Johannes Leertouwer and Béni Csillag, conductor), Collegium 1704, Prague (Vaclav Luks, conductor) and Purcell Choir, Budapest (György Vashegyi, conductor). 

In the early 2000’s she has been a regular participant in the World Youth Choir and its Chamber Choir sessions as a section leader and solo singer as well. For many years she is a returning member of the Hungarian Jury for the WYC auditions in Budapest.

She has been mentoring and coaching numerous singers as their teacher, section leader or supportive jury member.

Bernadett holds a Bachelor and a Master degree in singing and choir-conducting. Her Alma Maters are: Royal Conservatory, The Hague where she studied with Sasja Hunnego and Phyllis Ferwerda and F. Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest where she studied with Péter Erdei and Éva Kollár. At that time as a member of the Discantus Vocal Ensemble, Budapest (Péter Mészáros, artistic leader) she learned an enormous segment of the renaissance polyphonic music and started her ensemble singing career. Looking for diversity, colors and different opinions she attended several masterclasses during the years with Klára Kolonits, Katalin Halmai, Nancy Argenta, Judit Németh and Krisztina Laki. At the moment her vocal coach is István Viszló. 

The hungarian mezzo-soprano appears at the highest level both as a solo and an ensemble singer. Her repertoire covers from baroque to contemporary music. Most recently she is busy singing as a core member and soloist of the Netherlands Bach Society (Shunske Sato, artistic leader).

She had the possibility to work with Iván Fischer, Helmuth Rilling, René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Jos van Veldhoven, Vaclav Luks, Tonu Kaljuste, Frieder Bernius, Grete Pedersen, Peter Dijkstra, György Vashegyi, Pál Németh, Zoltán Pad, Salamon Kamp, Gábor Hollerung and Éva Kollár.

She had the possibility to work with Iván Fischer, Helmuth Rilling, René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Jos van Veldhoven, Vaclav Luks, Tonu Kaljuste, Frieder Bernius, Grete Pedersen, Peter Dijkstra, György Vashegyi, Pál Németh, Zoltán Pad, Salamon Kamp, Gábor Hollerung and Éva Kollár.

Solo highlights of the season include the mezzosoprano solo of the Magnificat by György Orbán and alto solo in Schubert Mass with the Symphonic Orchestra, Gödöllő (Gábor Horváth, conductor), the mezzosoprano solo of the Stabat Mater by E. Dohnányi with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Zsolt Hamar, conductor) and the alto solo of Messiah by G.F. Händel with the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht (Johannes Leertrouwer, conductor).

She enjoys preparing the “Viola-songs” and the great cycle of “Neue Liebeslieder” by J. Brahms, Requiem by M. Haydn and “Prayer for rain” by the very talented, hungarian, young composer, Magor Bucz. With the Discantus Ensemble, Budapest they are preparing an adaptation of “The tempest” by W. Shakespeare. Premiere in 2020, March!

She enjoys preparing the great cycle of Neue Liebeslieder by J. Brahms, Elegie by J. Massenet and the alto solo in Oratorio de Noël by Saint-Saëns.

Between 2016 and 2019 she was the alto section leader in the Hungarian National Choir (Csaba Somos, conductor). Occasianally she is invited to lead and coach the alto-section of the Berkshire Choral International since 2017. 

In the past ten years among others she has been singing the alto solo in “Les deux Stabats” Pergolesi and Haydn Stabat Mater with the Orfeo Orchestra (György Vashegyi, conductor) in the Palace of Arts, Budapest, the role of Oenone in Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau in the Hungarian State Opera (Budapest), playing one of the main roles in The Beggar’s Opera with the Discantus Ensemble (Péter Mészáros, artistic leader) and singing the alto solo in Elias by Mendelssohn with the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire, Den Haag, conducted by Dorothea Jacob. In 2015 she was part of Arvo Pärt Stabat Mater as one of the soloists at the Konvergencie Festival, Bratislava.

In the past ten years among others she has been singing the alto solo in “Les deux Stabats” Pergolesi and Haydn Stabat Mater with the Orfeo Orchestra (György Vashegyi, conductor) in the Palace of Arts, Budapest, the role of Oenone in Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau in the Hungarian State Opera (Budapest), playing one of the main roles in The Beggar’s Opera with the Discantus Ensemble (Péter Mészáros, artistic leader) and singing the alto solo in Elias by Mendelssohn with the Symphony Orchestra of the Royal Conservatoire, Den Haag, conducted by Dorothea Jacob. In 2015 she was part of Arvo Pärt Stabat Mater as one of the soloists at the Konvergencie Festival, Bratislava.

She sang in great ensembles like the New Dutch Vocal Ensemble (Johannes Leertouwer and Béni Csillag, conductor), Collegium 1704, Prague (Vaclav Luks, conductor) and Purcell Choir, Budapest (György Vashegyi, conductor). 

In the early 2000’s she has been a regular participant in the World Youth Choir and its Chamber Choir sessions as a section leader and solo singer as well. For many years she is a returning member of the Hungarian Jury for the WYC auditions in Budapest.

She has been mentoring and coaching numerous singers as their teacher, section leader or supportive jury member.

Bernadett holds a Bachelor and a Master degree in singing and choir-conducting. Her Alma Maters are: Royal Conservatory, The Hague where she studied with Sasja Hunnego and Phyllis Ferwerda and F. Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest where she studied with Péter Erdei and Éva Kollár. At that time as a member of the Discantus Vocal Ensemble, Budapest (Péter Mészáros, artistic leader) she learned an enormous segment of the renaissance polyphonic music and started her ensemble singing career. Looking for diversity, colors and different opinions she attended several masterclasses during the years with Klára Kolonits, Katalin Halmai, Nancy Argenta, Judit Németh and Krisztina Laki.