The mezzo-soprano Andrea Meláth studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where she received her diploma in 1995. She had an active professional career while studying at the academy, and participated in numerous festivals in Hungary and abroad alongside her studies. In 1997 she was elected as Singer of the Year in Madeira, and won the Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in 1999.
In both 1996 and 1998 Andrea Meláth was awarded the Annie Fisher Scholarship of Hungary to Bayreuth. For her excellent interpretations of contemporary music she has been awarded the Artisjus Award on no fewer than six separate occasions. She has performed and given pemières of several contemporary works, including compositions by György Ligeti, Peter Eötvös, György Orban, Peter Nogradi, Janos Vajda and David Newbold. Since 1998 she has been a permanent guest artist at the Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest, where her rôles have included Cherubino, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito, Octavian, Stephano in Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, Paulina in The Queen of Spades, Donna Elvira, Santuzza, and Leonora in La Favorita.
In 2001 she was granted the Franz Liszt Music Award from the Ministry of Natural Cultural Heritage. In the same year she also received the Best Young Artist Award from the State Opera House in Budapest. Since her 2001 performance of Judit in Bluebeard’s Castle in Budapest, she has performed the same rôle in many countries.
In March 2007 Andrea Meláth was awarded the most important musical prize in Hungary: the Bartók-Pásztory Prize, an award established by Bartók himself, and bestowed by a jury of Hungary’s leading musicians and musicologists on an artist who has excelled in the performance and promotion of Bartók’s music.
Role: Classical Artist