(Born 12 July 1951)
Sylvia Sass is an acclaimed Hungarian soprano.
Sylvia Sass was born in Budapest in 1951 and studied at the Hungarian Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. After her debut at the Budapest State Opera in 1971, she won several major competitions in the early 1970’s.
In 1973 in Sofia she won the International Opera Competition for her Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata.
As a member of the Budapest State Opera from 1972 to 1979, she performed leading roles in the operas Otello, Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Tosca, Il Trovatore, I Lombardi, La Traviata, and Norma.
From 1975, Sylvia Sass performed in most of the world’s major opera houses, including: the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (I Lombardi, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo, and Norma); La Scala (Manon Lescaut, Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica); the Metropolitan Opera (Tosca); and Opéra Garnier de Paris (Roméo et Juliette). She performed as well in the Vienna State Opera (La Bohème, Tosca); the Hamburg State Opera (Cosi fan tutte, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo); the Bavarian State Opera of Munich (La Traviata), and the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow (La Traviata).
She has performed solo recitals at renowned concert halls including Carnegie Hall, New York and the Royal Festival Hall, London and has recorded solo albums of operatic arias, and song recitals of Bartók, Liszt (Decca), Wagner, and Richard Strauss (Hungaroton).
She has recorded leading roles in complete recordings of operas (Cherubini’s Medea, Verdi’s Ernani, I Lombardi, Attila, Macbeth, Respighi’s Belfagor, Erkel’s László Hunyadi), for Decca (Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, Mozart’s Don Giovanni), and (Verdi’s Stiffelio).
A DVD of her masterful 1981 performance of Bartók’s Bluebeard's Castle under the baton of Sir Georg Solti is available, as is her la Scala performance of Puccini’s Il Trittico, under the baton of Gianadrea Gavazzeni.
Sylvia Sass was awarded the Honoured Artist of Hungary in 1977 and the Hungarian Cross of the Order of Merit in 2007.
After a twenty-four year career on the opera stage, she now performs frequently in concerts and recitals, while giving Master Classes throughout the world.
During a stellar career Miss Sass has worked with many of the world's leading artists and conductors and her roles have included
La Contessa (Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro)
Donna Anna, Donna Elvira (Mozart: Don Giovanni)
Fiordiligi (Mozart: Cosi fan tutte)
Alceste (Gluck: Alceste)
Juliette (Gounod: Roméo et Juliette)
Norma (Bellini: Norma)
Medea (Cherubini: Medea)
Violetta (Verdi: La Traviata)
Giselda (Verdi: I Lombardi)
Desdemona (Verdi: Otello)
Amelia (Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera)
Leonora (Verdi: Il Trovatore)
Elisabetta (Verdi: Don Carlo)
Lady Macbeth (Verdi: Macbeth)
Gulnara (Verdi: Il Corsaro)
Odabella (Verdi: Attila)
Elvira (Verdi: Ernani)
Lina (Verdi: Stiffelio)
Tosca (Puccini: Tosca)
Mimi (Puccini: La Bohème)
Turandot (Puccini: Turandot)
Manon Lescaut (Puccini: Manon Lescaut)
Suor Angelica (Puccini: Suor Angelica)
Giorgetta (Puccini: Il Tabarro)
Magda (Puccini: La Rondine)
Santuzza (Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana)
Nedda (Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci)
Fedora (Giordano: Fedora)
Adriana Lecouvreur (Cilea: Adriana Lecouvrer)
Carmen (Bizet: Carmen)
Eva (Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
Salome (Richard Strauss: Salome)
Grete (Schrecker: Der Ferne Klang)
Candida (Respighi: Belfagor)
La dogaressa vedova Gradeniga (Malipiero: Sogno d’un tramonto d’autunno)
Szilágyi Erzsébet (Erkel: László Hunyadi)
Judit (Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle)
Delila (Szokolay: Sámson)
Anya (Durkó: Mózes)