(b Budapest, 27 Nov 1904; d Budapest, 13 Dec 1963). Hungarian tenor. He made his Budapest Opera House début in 1927 as Alfredo (La traviata), having studied with Fernando De Lucia and Ddoardo Garbin. From the outset he undertook a wide range of roles, both lyric and dramatic, favouring the Mozart repertory above all. His performances were notable not so much for beauty of voice (as a young singer he had contracted an inflammation of the vocal cords that affected his higher register) as for expressive power, great musicality, a keen sense of style, excellent acting ability and versatility in character parts such as Shuysky (Boris Godunov), Malatestino (Riccardo Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini) and Loge (Das Rheingold), perhaps his greatest role. He played Florestan under Arturo Toscanini at Salzburg (1935), later recording the role with the Hungarian State Opera under Otto Klemperer (1948), and appeared several times at the Florence Maggio Musicale and elsewhere. At the end of the 1950s he resigned his leading roles, playing only comprimario and character parts. He was also a leading Hungarian recitalist and concert singer.
From The Grove Book of Opera Singers in Oxford Reference.