(September 1, 1941)
Julia Varady is a German soprano of Hungarian heritage.
After studying voice in Bucharest Romania she made her debut as a mezzo soprano with the Cluj Opera in 1962 singing in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte.
She joined the Frankfurt Main Opera in 1970 and thereafter sang mainly in Europe.
In 1973 she made her debut with the Bavarian Opera and later joined the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
Since then she has appeared in many of the world’s leading opera houses such as the Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, the Teatro Colón, the Opéra Bastille and at the Salzburg, Munich and Edinburgh festivals.
In 1978 she created the role of Cordelia in the premiere production of Aribert Reimann's Lear with the Bayerische Staatsoper.
She married celebrated German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in 1977 and retired from the opera stage in 1998 to serve as a guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.
During her career some of her roles included Konchakovna in Prince Igor, Alceste in Gluck's Alceste, Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Marguerite in Gounod's Faust, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Elettra in Idomeneo, Susanna, Cherubino and Contessa in The Marriage of Figaro, Elvira and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Giulietta and Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Liu in Turandot, Georgette in Il Tabarro, Angelina in La Cenerentola, Arabella in Richard Strauss' Arabella, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, Abigaille and Fenena in Nabucco, Tebaldo and Elisabeth in Don Carlos, Desdemona in Otello, Aida, Leonora in Il Trovatore, Leonora in La Forza del Destino, Violetta in La Traviata, Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Senta in The Flying Dutchman, Seglinde in Die Walküre.