Vocalist - Mezzo-Soprano

Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó is highly sought in both North America and Europe. For her performances of Ottavia in L'incoronazione di Poppea, the critic of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "Krisztina Szabó stole every scene with her powerful, mahogany voice and deeply poignant immersion in the empress' plight." The critic of the New York Times praised her Lincoln Center debut as Dorabella in Così fan tutte as "clear, strong, stately and an endearingly vulnerable Dorabella." The Opus Arte label recording of George Benjamin's Lessons in Love and Violence, featuring Ms. Szabó in the roles of Witness 2, Singer 2, and Woman 2, has been nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award for "Best Opera Recording".

In the 2019-20 season, Ms. Szabó sings Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel with Canadian Opera Company, as soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Handel's Messiah with Early Music Vancouver and Portland Baroque Orchestra, Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Music of the Baroque, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with Kansas City Symphony, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with Donald Runnicles and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists, Bach's St. John Passion with Tafelmusik, Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Craig Hella Johnson's oratorio Considering Matthew Shephard with Pax Christi Chorale, and a return to Bethlehem Bach Festival for Bach cantatas and the Mass in B Minor. In the 2020-21 season, she returns to Tafelmusik as soloist in an all-Vivaldi concert, featuring the composer’s Magnificat, Dixit Dominus, and his lesser-known RV 588 Gloria.

In the summer of 2019, Ms. Szabó sang Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival. Her 2018-19 engagements included Steffani’s Stabat Mater and arias, and Messiah with Tafelmusik; Messiah with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; the world premiere of Ian Cusson’s Where There’s a Wall at National Arts Centre, Ottawa; George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Musikfest Berlin; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Early Music Seattle; the world premiere of Barbara Croall’s oratorio Miziwe… (Everywhere…) with Pax Christi Chorale; and Bach cantatas and the Mass in B Minor at the Bethlehem Bach Festival.

Ms. Szabó recently sang Witness 2/Woman 2/Singer 2 in the world premiere of George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence with the Royal Opera House, and reprised those roles with Dutch National Opera. She also appeared as Second Angel and Marie in Benjamin’s Written on Skin with Opera Philadelphia; Angelina in La Cenerentola with Edmonton Opera; and the heroines in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and James Rolfe’s Aeneas and Dido with Toronto Masque Theatre. Other opera highlights include engagements with San Francisco Opera, L’Opéra de Montréal, L’Opéra de Québec, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, the Caramoor Festival, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.

Recent concert highlights include Messiah with Tafelmusik and Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody with Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony; Bruckner’s Te Deum, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Pax Christi Chorale; the world premiere of Gary Kulesha’s From the Diary of Virginia Woolf with National Arts Centre Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Ottawa Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Grand Philharmonic Choir; and Telemann’s Der Tag des Gerichts with Music of the Baroque. She has also appeared in concert with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Toronto, Nova Scotia, and Calgary; and with Les Violons du Roy, Talisker Players, Plural Ensemble (Madrid), Vancouver Bach Choir, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and at the Grand Teton Music Festival and Cervantino Festival in Mexico.

Ms. Szabó appears as Zerlina in the Rhombus Media film Don Giovanni: Leporello’s Revenge, alongside the renowned late Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and can be heard on the accompanying soundtrack released by CBC Records. She has recorded a four-part series of art songs with the Canadian Ukrainian Opera Association, and Four Songs of Tagore, by Ippolitov-Ivanov, with the Talisker Players.


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