Judit Zsovár

soprano voice

Judit Zsovár is a soprano and musicologist, currently a PhD candidate at the Liszt Academy Budapest.

After extended training in piano, music theory and singing, she graduated with a Master of Music degree in Musicology at the Liszt Academy in 2006. As a soprano, Judit studied with Marek Rzepka (Leipzig and Krakow), and has participated in workshops by Katalin HalmaiJúlia Hamari, Krisztina Laki, Malcolm Bilson, Lorenzo Ghirlanda, Luca Pianca and Dmitry Sinkovsky (2008-12). She played Mozart and Cimarosa roles with the Erkel Chamber Opera (Budapest, 2010-12), and made her début at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Ivor Bolton. Judit performed Spanish music together with guitarist Melinda Tóth (Nádor Hall, 2013), and interprets a wide-ranging Baroque repertoire with harpsichordist Fanni Edőcs. Her coach is Stephen Hopkins of the Vienna State Opera.

Her PhD thesis focuses on Anna Maria Strada’s vocal art (Anna Maria Strada del Pò, Handel’s Prima Donna: Portrait of an Uncommon Voice; 2016), on which she has done extended researches in London, Naples, Venice, Vienna and Hamburg. Judit is also investigating the relations between Baroque and Romantic bel canto vocal techniques in the mirror of the soprano sfogato voice type. From 2014 on, she is presenting her singing and research at the same time by giving lecture-recitals (in Salzburg, London, Bern, Helsinki and Budapest). She has publications in the Händel-Jahrnuch 62 (2016) and in Magyar Zene 54/2 (2016). She is also interested in learning and speaking foreign languages such as English, German, Italian and lately French and Spanish.

Judit held the Zoltán Kodály Scholarship in 2015, and was granted the Handel Institute Research- as well as Conference Awards (2015), the German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship (DAAD, 2014), and the Scholarship of the Hungarian State (2004/2005). 

From the territory of jazz and improvisation she had the opportunity to work together with Bobby McFerrin and Roger Treece (Germany, 2010-11). This experience turned her musical thinking around and inspired Judit to develop her own style in composing, which is essential to her. 

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