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Eva Marton

Eva Marton was born in Budapest in 1943. She studied at the Franz Liszt Music University and graduated not only as an opera singer but also as a singing pedagogue.

At the Hungarian State Opera, she sang the greatest roles of her repertoire, where in 1972 was brought together with Christoph von Dohnanyi. The same year, she was invited to sing at the Frankfurt State Opera, until 1977, when she followed von Dohnanyi to Hamburg. Since 1980 she has been working as a freelance opera singer.

Eva Marton has performed at the greatest opera houses in the world: La Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, to name only a few, and appeared at all famous of festivals, in the Arena of Verona, in Salzburg, in Bayreuth etc.

Her repertoire is unique: she has felt at home with Verdi, Puccini, R. Strauss and Wagner and she has always been a fan of the world of Verismo. The once lyrical soprano has transformed during the years into one of the greatest dramatic sopranos of all times, through hard and unrelenting work. It has been 25 years now that she is considered among the greatest voices the world has ever seen. Thanks to her vast repertoire she has been able to make more than 30 operas’, as well as arias’ and concerts’ recordings and numerous videos and DVDs.

During these last years she also participated regularly at a great number of charity galas and she is a member of the presidential committees of various humanitarian associations. The New York Times has proclaimed her Singer of the Year twice (1981, 1986) and in 1982 Artist of the Year. Besides several rewards, such as the honorary membership at the Vienna State Opera and the title of Kammersängerin, she can also be proud of her Bartók-Pásztory, Kossuth and Der Ruf Ungarns awards. She has also been awarded by the President of the Hungarian Republic with the Order of the Hungarian Republic for her entire work and her artistic career and she became honorary professor at the Franz Liszt Music University. In addition to that, since 2005, she is the director of the Song Faculty of the University and in 2007 she got her promotion as a professor by the State President.

Between 2002 and 2007 she was the artistic director of the International Operafestival in Miskolc (Hungary). In 2008, she received the Gold Medal of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the honorary doctorate from the University of Szeged. In 2010, she received ISO d’ORO award in Austria for her outstanding career and her activity in educating the new generation of opera singers. In 2012, she was awarded with the Corvin Chain, became a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts (MMA) and also the Head of the Department of Dramatic Arts of the Academy. In 2013, she became professor emerita at the same institute and received the Hazám and Prima Primissima prizes in the Palace of Arts in Budapest. Furthermore, she has received the Artist of the Nation award, the honorary citizenship of Budapest and in 2016 she was awarded the Magyar Szent István Rend award, the highest state prize of Hungary.

In 2014 the I. International Eva Marton Singing Competition was organized by the Franz Liszt University of Music, having as general patron the President of the Republic of Hungary Dr. János Áder. In 2016, the II. International Eva Marton Singing Competition took place again by the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and always supported by the President of the Republic of Hungary.