Born in Budapest in 1974, Gábor Bretz embarked on his musical training in Los Angeles, but completed his vocal studies at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Hungary. In 2005, he won the Maria Callas Grand Prix.
Bretz performs frequently at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, having sung Figaro in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Don Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Orestes in Richard Strauss’s Elektra and Gurnemanz in Wagner’s Parsifal. Noteworthy performances outside his native Hungary include his interpretation of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen at the Bavarian State Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera in New York; Colline in Puccini’s La bohème at the Royal Opera; and Shaklovity in Musorgsky’s Khovanshchina at the Dutch National Opera.
The Hungarian bass also makes regular concert appearances in such repertoire as Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, J.S. Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions, Verdi’s Requiem and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.
Bretz will be making his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the 2018–19 season.