Krisztián Cser was born in 1977, in Szeged, Hungary. He
grew up in a family of musicians. After leaving high school, he
graduated in physics at the University of Szeged in 2002 and
began to work as a PhD student at the Institute of Biophysics of
the Szeged Biological Research Centre. But his artistic roots proved
strong, science was replaced by music in his life. He studied classical
singing at the University of Szeged, where his vocal trainer was
István Andrejcsik, then he attended the Department of Vocal and Opera
Studies at the Liszt Academy, where the famous operatic singer Éva
Marton was his professor and studied stage movement and acting
with Balázs Kovalik. He succeeded in several Hungarian and international
singing competitions, either he got into finals, got a special prize,
or even won.
He came out as an oratorio soloist in J. S.
Bach's Saint John Passion in 1998. His repertoire includes
a wide range of musical styles from early baroque to contemporary
music. A worthy performer of the oratorios of Bach, Beethoven,
Haydn, Händel, Mozart and Verdi. In 2019, the Hungarian State
Opera premiered with him a new staged performance of Händel's
Messiah, Mozart's revised version.
In opera roles he appeared first in 2008, since when he has been
a member of the Hungarian State Opera. During the years, his
title-role singing in Béla Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle became
emblematic, he sings it in many Hungarian and international performances
successfully with the contribution of renowned conductors. In some
of the countries during his tour around the world, the audience could
listen to and watch this opera for the first time in his performance.
Above all, on the CD published in 2018 for the centenary of the Bluebeard's
Castle premiere, Krisztián Cser sings Bluebeard. Besides Bartók's
opera, he has played other remarkable roles on opera stages.
He frequently sings the bass roles of Mozart's operas as
Figaro, Leporello and
Sarastro, and authentically plays the protagonists
in Verdi and Wagner's operas, such as
The Grand Inquisitor and Philip
II in Don Carlos at National Theatre
of Miskolc or Wotan in The
Rhinegold. His other leading roles have included Colline
in Puccini's La bohème and Don Basilio
in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. His ever-expanding repertoire
includes more than 60 operas and nearly 80 roles.
He regularly performs abroad. In 2019 he sang the role of Bluebeard
with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer,
at Carnegie Hall in New York City. With
the same piece, he won acclaim from audiences in Hamburg, Paris and
Luxembourg. He has debut as Wotan in Wagner's The Rhinegold,
and as Don Pizarro in Beethoven's Fidelio
at the Opernhaus Chemnitz. He also sang the
role of Wotan in the fall of 2019 in Mexico City, where the 150th
anniversary of the staging of Wagner's The Rhinegold was
celebrated. In addition to performances abroad, he can be heard and
seen on opera and concert stages in Hungary on numerous occasions.
2022 he performed the role of Bluebeard at
Casa da Música at Porto, has debut as
Jacopo Fiesco in Verdi´s Simon Boccanegra and
as the Wanderer in Wagner´s Siegfried, at Budapest