Krisztina Szabó, described as "simply one of the most exciting singers in the country right now,” is a Canadian-Hungarian mezzo-soprano who made her NAC debut in January 2005. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Szabó finished her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. She was awarded an Emerging Artist grant from the Canada Council and was a winner of the 1997 Mozart Competition, held under the auspices of the Canadian Opera Company. In 1998 she joined the Canadian Opera's Ensemble Studio. She has recently made several highly successful debuts in Europe and America. It was with the Canadian Opera Ensemble Studio that she sang the title role in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, with which she made her European debut in Amsterdam. Her career has taken her to major opera houses all over the world, from Chicago to Austria to Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre. She has performed a fascinating recital program based on popular folk songs from different traditions at the historic Sharon Temple in Newmarket in June 2009. She is also a frequent performer of recital, concert and chamber repertoire.
In the 2009-2010 season Ms. Szabó will perform as Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo with Canadian Opera Company, at the Wexford Festival Opera as Susanna in The Ghosts of Versailles and as Meg in Little Women with the Calgary Opera. She will also appear as a featured artist with Toronto Masque Theatre, Off-Centre Music Salon, and as a soloist in Mozart's Coronation Mass with Atlanta Symphony, under Roberto Abbado.
Her next appearance is with the Junior Thirtheen Strings Orchestra on March 28th 2010 in Ottawa. For more information on this concert please check http://www.thirteenstrings.ca/english/concerts5_e.php.
For further details on Ms Szabo and her performances please check her official web site at http://krisztinaszabo.com/biography.html and also the link to an article in the Irish Independent on the occasion of Ms Szabo’s October 2009 concert at the Wexford Festival Opera: http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/news-gossip/krisztina-szabo-1917227.html