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The young Hungarian soprano studied with Mária Fekete at the Béla-Bartók-Conservatory and with Júlia Pászthy at the Franz-Liszt-Akademie in Budapest as well as with Gabriele Fuchs at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. She participated in masterclasses with Éva Marton, László Polgár, Gulyás Dénes, Walter Moore and Nicholas Clapton. Mária Celeng won several international competitions like ‚Francisco Viñas‘ und ‚Neue Stimmen‘ und was a member of the Young Singers Project of the Salzburg Festival in 2012.

Highlights of the season 2014/2015 were her highly-acclaimed debut at La Scala di Milano as Drusilla in a new production of “L’incoronazione di Poppea” (Rinaldo Alessandrini/Robert Wilson) as well as her role-debut as Fiordiligi/“Cosi fan tutte“ at the National State Opera Budapest. Upcoming projects are a new production of “Cosi fan tutte” at the Gärtnerplatztheater Munich (Michael Brandstätter/Olivier Tambosi), her return to the National Theatre Budapest for the revival of “Cosi fan tutte” as well as for a new production of “Werther”/Sophie, her return to the Salzburg Festival as well as her return to La Scala di Milano both in 2016.

Mária Celeng was a member of the opera-studio of the Bavarian State opera in 2013/14 and was very successful with various recitals and concerts as well as with e.g. the title role in "Mirandolina“ (studio-production at the Cuvilliétheater) and as Miriam/“Zeisls Hiob“, for which she achieved the Festival price of the Bavarian Opera Festival in 2014. Further roles at this company were Papagena/“Die Zauberflöte“, Gianetta/’L’elisir d’amore“, among others.

Guest-engagements led the artist in summer 2014 to the Théâtre Antique d' Orange, where she was highly acclaimed in an open-air gala-concert aside José Cura, Ruggero Raimondi, Patricia Cioffi etc. In 2013 she sang Tebaldo/”Don Carlo” at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Antonio Pappano and became finalist for Hungary at the competition ‚Cardiff Singer of the World‘.  In the season before she sang Adele/„Die Fledermaus“ and Iluska/ „János Vitéz“ (Pongrác Kacsóh) both at the National Opera in Budapest. Highlights of earlier seasons were e.g her appearance as Araspe in Hasse’s “La Didone abbandonata” at the Munich Prinzregententheater and at Versailles Palace and the title role in Janáčeks „The cunning little vixen“ under Andreas Kowalewitz at the Prinzregententheater in Munich.

Since 2008 Mária Celeng has been a regular guest at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest, where she sang e.g. in „The Fairy Queen“, „L’elisir d’amore“ und „Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien“ as well as Haydn’s „Nelson-Messe“ with the Hungarian National Philharmonia under Zoltán Kocsis. She sang Sandrina in Haydn’s „L’infedeltà delusa“ at the Kolibri Theater Budapest and at the Operafestival in Miskolc, where she also performed as Belinda in „Dido and Aeneas“. In 2010 she successfully sang the soprano-Solopart in Mozart’s „Requiem“ under the baton of Adam Fischer at the National Theater Budapest and returned there for a benefit-concert. Future concerts at the Palace of the Arts Budapest will be “L’enfant prodigue” (Debussy) as well as Haydn’s “Schöpfung” and Bach’s “Kantate 21”, among others.

Elene Tschaidse
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