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Hungary: Levente Molnár

Baritone - born 1983

Main Prize finalist, Song Prize finalist

Levente Molnár was born in Gyergyóremete (Transylvania), and later moved to Csíkszereda. From the age of 14 he studied at the singing faculty of the Nagy István School for Music and Fine Arts, with Melinda Mihály. He entered the Singing Faculty of the Music University of Oradea in 2001, studying with Marian Boboia.

In 2003 he joined the Studio of the Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest, and began his operatic career, while continuing to study with Júlia Pászthy, Adrienne Csengery, Anikó Katona, Ionel Pantea, Géza Oberfrank, and Ferenc Nagy.

On 27 January 2006 he made his debut in the title role Don Giovanni, at the Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest, in a gala performance to celebrate Mozart's 250th anniversary. He has also sung this role abroad.

Other roles include Guglielmo (Così fan Tutte), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), and Hungarian roles such as Biberach Bánk bán by Ferenc Erkel; and Bagó János Vitéz by Pongrác Kacsóh.

He is currently performing Silvio Pagliacci and Belcore L'elisir d'amore.

Future roles at the Hungarian State Opera include Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marcello (La Bohème), Dandini (La Cenerentola) and Onegin from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

His interests include animals, the countryside and meditation.

Repertoire details for Concert 1, Recital 4, Song Prize final and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World final:

Final - Sunday 17 June

  • Leoncavallo: Si può? si può? Signore! (Pagliacci)
  • Verdi: O Carlo, ascolta...Io morrò (Don Carlo)
  • Mozart: Fin ch'han dal vino (Don Giovanni)
  • Verdi: È sogno? O realtà (Falstaff)

Song Prize final - Friday 15 June

  • Liszt: Die Drei Zigeuner
  • Schubert: Erlkönig (D328)
  • Emil Petrovics: Ballada
  • Pascal Bentoiu: April
  • Kodaly: Kit kéne elvenni? (Háron Magyar Népdal)

Recital 4 - Tuesday 12 June

  • Schubert: Erlkönig (D328)
  • Kodaly: Kit kéne elvenni? (Háron Magyar Népdal)
  • Bartók: Elindultam szép hazámbul (Háron Magyar Népdal No 1)
  • Kodaly: Elmenyek, elmenyek (Háron Magyar Népdal No 35)
  • Bartók: Által mennék én a Tiszán ladikon (Háron Magyar Népdal No 2)
  • SCHUBERT: Der stürmische Morgen (Winterreise)
  • Tiberiu Brediceanu: Cantec Haiducesc
  • Kodaly: Toborzó (Háry János, Op 15 No 22)

Accompanist: Simon Lepper

Concert 1 - Sunday 10 June

  • Rossini: Largo al factotum (Il barbiere di Siviglia)
  • Mozart: Hai già vinta la causa!...Vedrò mentr'io sospiro (Le nozze di Figaro)
  • Mozart: Donne mie, le fate a tanti (Così fan tutte)
  • Verdi: È sogno? O realtà (Falstaff)

With the orchestra of WNO conducted by Carlo Rizzi