Hungarian Bass-baritone Károly Szemerédy is already fast establishing himself as one of the most exciting young artists performing on the worldwide stage. Upcoming highlights of the 2021/22 season include Orest Elektra for Grand Théâtre de Genève and Jochanaan Salome, Don Fernando Fidelio, Marcello La Bohème, Klingsor Parsifal and Gunther Götterdämmerung for Hungarian State Opera. Szemerédy will also make his British debut performing Bluebeard Bluebeard's Castle in 2022.
Recent operatic highlights include Bluebeard Bluebeard's Castle for Opera de Lyon, Dr. Kolenaty The Makropoulos Case for Grand Théâtre de Genève, Machiavelli Egmont for Theater an der Wien, Chichkov From The House of the Dead for Opera de Lyon, Captain of the Royal Guard The Bassarids for Salzburg Festspiele, Nikititisch Boris Godunov for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Escamillio Carmen for Teatr Wielki, Lowitskij Boris Godunov, Don Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Orest Elektra and First Nazarene Salome for Teatro Real. A returning artist to the Hungarian State Opera, he has performed regularly with the house since 2014 in roles including Leonardo Blood Wedding, Escamillio Carmen, Michele II Tabarro, Yeletsky The Queen of Spades, Il Re d'Egitto Aida and Crown Porgy and Bess.
On the concert platform, he has performed Bluebeard Bluebeard's Castle with the Orchestra of the Municipal Theater of Bologna and Orest Elektra at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In 2015, he gave a highly acclaimed role debut as King Salomon in the rediscovery of K. Goldmark's The Queen of Sheba recorded for CPO classics, with later performances at Theater Freiburg and the Hungarian State Opera.
In 2008, Szemerédy took first place at the Maestro Guerrero International Singing Competition in Madrid, and later reached the finals in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. In that same year, in Québec, he won third place at the Operalia competition.
"Szemeredy has all the credentials to become a reference Bluebeard, not only for his undeniable skill in bringing him to the stage, but also for his virtually total knowledge of the role and work."