Mária Celeng | ©Tamás Pregun

The young Hungarian-Slovakian Soprano Mária Celeng has been a member of the Gärtnerplatztheater Munich as of 2017/18 and has been very successful there as ‚Gretel’/“Hänsel and Gretel“, ‚Baroness’/“Wildschütz“ (Alfred Eschwé; Georg Schmiedleitner), ‚Pamina’/“The magic flute“, ‚Iris’/“Semele“ (Rubén Dubrovsky; Karoline Gruber), ‚Zerlina’/“Don Giovanni“ (Anthony Bramall; Herbert Föttinger), ‚Despina’/“Cosi fan tutte“ (Olivier Tambosi; Michael Brandstätter), ‚Lucille Desmoulins’/“Danton’s Death“, ‚Musetta’/“La Bohème“ and ‚Luise’/“The young Lord“, among others.

Highlights of recent seasons were her highly acclaimed debut as ‚Anina’/“One night in Venice“ within a guest-engagement of the Opéra de Lyon at Muscat, Oman. Her debut and revival at  La Scala di Milano as ‚Drusilla‘ in a new production of „L’incoronazione di Poppea“ (Rinaldo Alessandrini; Robert Wilson), the premiere as well as the revival of  „Cosi fan tutte“/’Despina‘ (Philippe Jordan; Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker) at the  Opéra de Paris Bastille, her brilliant debut as ‚Amore’/’Valletto’/“L’incoronazione di Poppea“ at the State Opera Berlin (Andrea Marchiol), ‚Tebaldo’/“Don Carlo“ (Antonio Pappano) and the new production of „The love of Danae“/’Semele‘ (Franz Welser-Möst) both at the Salzburg Festival, her role-debuts as ‚Fiordiligi’/“Cosi fan tutte“ and ‚Sophie’/“Werther“ at the National State Opera Budapest, a new production of „L’Elisir d’amore“/’Adina‘ at the Theater Augsburg, ‚Mademoiselle Jouvenant’/“Adriana Lecouvreur“ at Théâtre La Monnaie Brussels, ‚Waldvogel’/“Siegfried“ at the Wagner Festival in  Budapest (Ádám Fischer) and in summer 2014 at Théâtre Antique d‘ Orange, where she was highly acclaimed in an open-air gala-concert aside José Cura, Ruggero Raimondi, Patricia Cioffi etc.

In the season 2013/14 Mária Celeng was a member of the opera-studio of the Bavarian State Opera where she was heard in various productions, recitals and concerts. For her outstanding interpretation of the title role in „Mirandolina“ (studio-production at the Cuvilliétheater) and as ‚Miriam’/“Zeisls Hiob“ she received the Festival Prize of the Bavarian Opera Festival in 2014. Further roles at this company were ‚Papagena’/“Die Zauberflöte“, ‚Gianetta’/“L’elisir d’amore“, among others.

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 solo in Mozart’s „Requiem“ under the baton of Ádám Fischer at the National Theater Budapest and returned to the Palace of the Arts in Budapest for Debussy’s „L’enfant prodigue“ as well as for various concerts like Haydn’s „Schöpfung“ and Bach’s „Kantate MWV 21“, among others.

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.

Future projects include her role-debuts as ‚Tatjana’/“Eugen Onegin“ and ‚Mimi’/“La Bohème“ at the Gärtnerplatztheater as well as her debut at the De Vlaamse Opera as ‚Despina’/“Cosi fan tutte“.

DECCA commercially released a solo CD with Hungarian Volksongs with Mária.

Mária Celeng 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‘ and ‚Neue Stimmen‘, she was the finalist for Hungary at the ‚Cardiff Singer of the World‘ in June 2013 and was a member of the ‚Young Singers Project‘ of the Salzburg Festival in 2012.