A series of 8 questions with mezzo-soprano, Krisztina Szabó

What place were you born and where do you live now?

KS  I was born in Mississauga, Ontario and now split my time between Vancouver & Toronto.

What is your favourite era/genre of music to perform?

KS Baroque and contemporary music.

Who are your musical influences and what do you love about their music?

KS Baroque and contemporary music.

Your favourite food (only one!)

KS Sushi.

Your most memorable performance? Where were you and who were you performing with and why was it memorable?

KS  It’s hard to pick just one memorable performance, but singing the role of The Woman in Schönberg’s opera, Erwartung in Toronto at the Canadian Opera Company was a career highlight.  Not only is Erwartung an operatic masterpiece, but the production was the iconic, stunning and eerie Robert Lepage production.  The opera is a complex score that was one of the most challenging pieces for me to learn and memorize, but oh-so-satisfying when I finally did!  And it was a full-circle moment for me, having been a young artist with the Canadian Opera Company, to be entrusted with this incredible one-woman show.

Something unique or unusual about you.

KS  I have a hilariously vocal tuxedo cat named Tilley whose Instagram account I run 🙂 

How long have you been a performer?

KS I count the start of my career as 1998 when I began as a young artist with the Canadian Opera Company, but I’ve been performing since I was about 9 years old when I joined the Toronto Children’s Chorus.

What are you most looking forward to about performing with VIS this year?

KS  I’m so looking forward to premiering Alice Ho’s wonderful new work,  The Quietness of that Winter!  It’s always exciting to be a part of a world premiere and I am particularly honoured to be performing the work of such an important composer. 

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