Monika Kertész Hungarian-Bulgarian born mezzo-soprano is recognized and praised for her velvety warm voice and for her stage presence with deep emotionality and musicality. Monika expresses her artistic and musical versatility in numerous forms starting from opera, operetta, oratorio and song repertoire to contemporary music, and in addition she also reaches out and creates new innovative projects. Based on this interest she founds her own performing arts collective called In-Pact (Interdisciplinary Performing Arts Collective) with the aim of expanding the possibilities between classical music, opera and contemporary performing arts.

She regularly sings with the biggest Hungarian orchestras, appears on opera stages and tours with her recitals in Europe. Her most recent appearances include singing the title role of Rossini’s La Cenerentola at the National Theatre in Pécs, the mezzo-soprano solo in Schumann’s piece Das Paradies und die Peri” with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the premier of her interdisciplinary performance Desdemonium, where her role involves contemporary dance elements, movement theatre and improvisation. In 2020 it was a guest performance at the International Shakespeare Festival, Gyula. Further future engagements include Mozart’s Requiem at the Grand Hall of Franz Liszt Music Academy, Budapest, concert series with the newly found NOW Orchestra in Vienna and new projects on Kurtág’s Kafka-Fragmente, Ligeti’s songs, performance about Alma Mahler and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s castle.

Harp accompaniment: Anastasia Razvalyaeva

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