ANDREA ROST - Soprano
She was born in Budapest. Although nobody in her family worked as an artist, she developed an interest in music at an early age. In Primary School her teacher was the one who noticed her outstanding talent in music, and she suggested Andrea to take classic singing lessons from Júlia Bikfalvi. She was 14 years old and the first-year student of the Ányos Jedlik Secondary School, when she enrolled to the Ferenc Rákóczi Conservatoire, where she soon became an honoured student. At the beginning of the 80s in the Fészek club she gave her first operatic performance, which was Mozart’s work with the title The Impresario directed by András Fehér, in which Andrea played the role of Silberklang.
She graduated from The Liszt Academy of Music as the student of Zsolt Bende. She was still a student under scholarship when she sang Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo and Juliette, for the Hungarian State Opera, directed by Dénes Gulyás.
In 1989 she won Europe’s most prestigious singing competition, the Mirjam Helin International Singing Competition. All members of the jury were worldfamous, such as Birgit Nilsson, Teresa Berganza, Sena Jurinac, Carlo Cosutta, Jevgeni Nesterenko.
Right after obtaining her diploma, in 1991, she became a soloist in the Wiener Staatsoper, where the audience of Vienna heard her singing in all her major roles: from Zerlina and Adina, to Susanna and Lucia di Lammermoor to the outstanding interpretation of Violetta. Besides opera roles she has also played numerous concerts in Vienna.
Riccardo Muti himself invited the soprano to La Scala di Milano for the premiere of Rigoletto in 1994. Interpreting Gilda she enjoyed huge international success and she has been a regular guest singer in La Scala ever since, and she also became a well-known singer among all the significant opera houses.
In 1995, she was already a celebrated star when she appeared on the scene in The Magic Flute, in the season-opening premiere at La Scala. These roles were followed in Milano by Susanna of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Violetta in Verdi’s Traviata.
At the guest performance of La Scala’s Otello in Tokyo she successfully played the role of Desdemonda.
At the Salzburg Festival she interpreted several important roles and worked with widely renowned conductors. She sang the Falcon in Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten under Sir George Solti and she performed Drusilla of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. In Salzburg she also sang Violetta under Riccardo Muti, and she worked with Claudio Abbado as well, interpreting Xenia in Boris Mussorgsky’s Godunov.
In Paris at L’Opéra Bastille, besides Susanna, Gilda and Lucia di Lammermoor she also sang Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In the Royal Opera House she made her debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, where she also sang Violetta with great success. She interpreted the title role of Donizetti’s Elisabeth at a concert performance, which was also a world premiere. Most recently she has performed Lucia di Lammermoor in London.
March 2002 – in Los Angeles – she played the role of Pamina, and later in 2005 in Washington as well.
In 2006, she was invited to Madrid to the Teatro Real to sing Blanche in Poulenc’s opera, Les dialogues des Carmélites. She has several times been a guest singer in the US for the Chicago Lyric Opera where she interpreted Zerlina, Gilda, Violetta, Giulietta, Rosalinda and Michaela. In 1996, she sang for the first time on the stage of the New York Metropolitan Opera in the role of Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, later she also appeared there as Gilda, Lucia, and Violetta. In course of opera broadcasting millions of opera fans can enjoy her voice’s beauty and her acting’s excellence. Most recently, in 2006, she sang Susanna for Mozart’s Figaro. She interpreted Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Washington National Opera, and then later sang the same role in Los Angeles.
She played the role of Rosalinda in Johann Straus’s light opera Die Fledermaus in Brussels on the stage of La Monnaie. Here she also interpreted another one of her favourite female characters of Mozart, the Countess in the Le Nozze di Figaro.
She sang the role of Mimi from one of Puccini’s most popular works, La Bohéme for the first time in Cagliari.
She also sang Liu in Turandot for the first time at the Open Air Festival of Szeged, at the Dóm Square. Her title-role in Richard Strauss’s Daphne specially attracts the attention of both the audience and the critics.
She sings Eurydice’s role in Haydn’s opera, L’Anima del Filosofo: Orpheus + Eurydice under Ádám Fischer in the Hungarian State Opera. The artists work together for the first time under the direction of Sándor Zsótér.
Making her debut in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in 2013, in Budapest was the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Andrea Rost.
In September 2013 she performed on South-American ground for the first time in Sao Paulo in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. She interprets the role of Donna Anna in the Hungarian State Opera, in Padova and in Tokyo in the season of 2014/2015. Further roles of the season in the Opera in Budapest: Nedda (Pagliacci), Margit (Gounod: Faust)
As a singer and vocalist she has been the guest of every well-known and significant stage. Not only did she perform at the Wigmoor Hall in London, the Tonhalle in Zurich or the Musikverein of Vienna, she also has appeared on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles the Suntory Hall of Tokyo.
She has also contributed to several CD and DVD recordings. In proof of her open-mindedness towards new genres, she has recently voiced on audio books. The audio book of the Little Mermaid will be released this year.