Sándor Kónya


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(b Sarkad, 23 Sept 1923; d Ibiza, 20 May 2002). Hungarian tenor. He studied in Budapest, Detmold and Milan, making his début in 1951 at Detmold as Turiddu. He sang at Darmstadt in 1954, and the following year joined the Städtische (later Deutsche) Oper, Berlin. He was also a member of the Frankfurt Opera Company. In 1956 he created Leandro in H. W. Henze's König Hirsch, and sang Nureddin (Der Barbier von Bagdad) at Edinburgh. He made his Bayreuth (1958), Paris (1959), Florence, Metropolitan (1961) and Covent Garden (1963) débuts as Lohengrin, his best-known role. At La Scala (1960) he sang Parsifal; at San Francisco (1960–65) he appeared as Dick Johnson, Lohengrin, Pinkerton, Radames, Don Alvaro and Riccardo (Ballo). At the Metropolitan, where he sang until 1975, his roles included Walther, Parsifal, Erik, Max, Edgardo (Lucia), Don Carlos, Cavaradossi and Calaf. His strong, clear voice, equally suitable for German or Italian roles, lay between the lyrical and the heroic.

From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Opera.

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