Transylvanian bass-baritone Zoltan Nagy is one of the opera world’s most versatile soloists. He is regularly invited to perform as a guest artist in many of Europe’s leading opera houses and has been recognized by opera critics for his strengths in both dramatic and comic roles. In his ten-year professional career that started as the youngest ensemble member hired by the Vienna State Opera, Zoltan continues to work with the most important conductors, singers and stage directors of our time.
Zoltan’s most requested roles are Escamillo (Carmen), Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), and Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Dulcamara (L’Elisir d’Amore). Recent role debuts include Alberich (Siegfried), Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus), Marcello (La Bohème) Don Giovanni, and Schmied (Egk's Peer Gynt), among many others.
Some of the opera houses where Zoltan returns as a guest artist are Theater an der Wien, Opera de Nice, Bilbao (ABAO), Hamburgische Staatsoper, and the Hungarian State Opera, Budapest, where he is a permanent guest soloist. His most recent debuts last season were at the Opera de Oviedo in Spain, the four theatres of Circuito Teatrale Lombardo, and the National Theatre Taichung. Zoltan has worked with many orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, the ORF Symphony Orchestra in Vienna, the RTE Orchestra in Dublin, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra (Taichung), Romanian National Radio Orchestra, and Robert Schumann Philharmonie.
During his career, Zoltan has worked with conductors such as Tomas Netopil, Marco Armiliato, Leo Hussain, Guillermo Garcia Calvo. Pinchas Steinberg, Marc Minkowski, Peter Schneider, Ulf Schirmer, John Wilson, Alexander Soddy, Alejo Perez, Carlo Goldstein, and Michael Balke among others. The stage directors Zoltan has collaborated with are: Peter Konwitschny, Damiano Michieletto, Inga Levant, Stefano Poda, Calixto Bieito, Paris Mexis, Thorsten Fischer, Georges Delnon, Maurizio Scaparro, and Immo Karaman.
Other notable collaborations include a Wiener Staatsoper gala concert where Zoltan sang with colleagues such as Juan Diego Florez, Jonas Kaufmann, Ramon Vargas, Michael Schade and Carlos Alvarez. Zoltan sang with Edita Gruberova in the Theater an der Wien’s Donizetti Gala evening with the ORF Symphony Orchestra.
He sings the role of Theseus in the Essen Philharmonic’s CD live recording of Bohuslav Martinu’s Ariane directed by Czech conductor Tomas Netopil, released in 2016 on Supraphon.
Engagements in 2018/2019 included his house debut as Almaviva at the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, and his China debut at the Shaanxi Grand Opera House as Escamillo, and, in Europe, at the Teatro Comunale di Sassari and State Theatre of Nuremberg.
Zoltan studied at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in his hometown Cluj-Napoca. Upon graduation, he received a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Mozarteum University in Salzburg for a Masters degree in voice performance with Professor Boris Bakow. He has won prizes at various opera singing competitions including the Romanian National Song Competition, the Hariclea Darclee International Voice Competition, and “Debut”, the European Opera Singing Competition in Germany. In 2012 Zoltan participated in the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, and was then selected to sing in the Festival’s production of Das Labyrinth.