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Mar 18, 2015
József Gábor (Tenor) ( Balassagyarmat 1879 - Illéspuszta, today Iliasov, Slovakia 1929)
He started his career as an actor,
then in 1899 he became a member of Vígszínház (Comedy Theatre) in Budapest. He also played
in several operettas in the Népszínház (People's Theatre). On the autumn of
1900 he signed a contract to the Hungarian State Opera. In 1908 he moved
to study. He sang in Berlin, Milan,
and in the Volksoper in Vienna.
In 1913 he came home and contracted again to the National Opera where he
worked as a private opera singer until his death. For the financial support of
the Opera he established the Society of Friends of Opera in 1922 (later its
name has changed to Hungarian Association of the Friends of Opera).Beside his career as a singer
he worked also as a director in the season of 1926–27.He translated Menyhért
Lengyel's drama "Typhoon" to Italian and it was played in Italy. He
was one of the most important hungarian singer, and later singing master for
decades around the years of World War I. His flexible voice, musicality,
playing, versatility made him a singer who was perfect for a wide range of
roles: he played the leading roles of Wagner's operas (''Tannhäuser''. ''Parsifal'' etc.), great characters (King Herod, David, Loge), from the lyric tenor
figures (Rodolphe) to the buffo roles (Pedrillo) he played almost the entire
range of the genre during his career.
Among his pupils we have to mention the name of Kálmán Pataky (1896-1964) who
was one of the famoust hungarian tenorists in the 20th Century.
Chronology of some appearances
1899 Budapest Vígszínház (Comedy Theatre)
1900 Budapest Hungarian State Opera
1913-1929 Budapest Hungarian State Opera
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