Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

May 11, 2016

József Járay (Tenor) (Nagygencs, Hungary 7. 9. 1913 – Budapest, Hungary 1. 10. 1970)


He studied singing  at the Budapest National Conservatory under Ferenc Székelyhidy. In the 1941-1942 season he was engaged by the National Opera and made his debut as Tannhäuser. On October 8, 1949 he appeared at the Wien Staatsoper in  ‘’Rigoletto’’ opposite Emmy Loose (Gilda). In 1950 he made guest appearance at the Berlin Städtische Oper as Rodolfo in ‘’La Boheme’’. At the Wien Staatsoper on March 1 he sang in ‘’Rigolettó’’ as a partner of Rita Streich as Gilda. On 8 March in Dresden he again performed in  ‘’Rigolettó’’. On 12 March 1950 at the Staatsoper in Berlin he sang the part of Cavaradossi in ‘’Tosca’’. The following year, at Stuttgart, on January 8, he participated in ‘’Tosca’’.

Chronology of some appearances

1941-1942 Budapest National Opera
1947 Budapest National Opera
1949 Wien Staatsoper
1950 Berlin Städtische Oper
1950 Dresden Opera
1951 Stuttgart Opera


Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni): Siciliana 198 237
Tosca (Puccini): E lucevan le stelle  198 233
Rigoletto (Verdi): La donna e mobile 198 237
Tosca (Puccini): Recondita armonia 198 233

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ashot, just one correction: Jozsef was Hungarian not Romanian. (Born and died in Hungary, not Romania).