One of the world’s greatest dramatic sopranos. It is not easy to summarize her incredible career, since she has performed at all the top opera venues, including La Scala, Milan, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Staatsoper in Vienna and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Her extraordinarily extensive repertoire covers virtually every key role in opera composed for the dramatic soprano voice. Alongside Verdi, Puccini, Richard Strauss and Wagner roles she frequently sang in verismo (Mascagni, Ponchielli, Giordano) operas, too. Her work has been recognized with countless awards both in Hungary and abroad, among them the Kossuth Prize, Bartók–Pásztory Prize, Prima Primissima Prize, Lifetime Achievement Award of the Graz Opera and recipient of the
Corvin Chain. She was honoured as a National Artist of Hungary and with the Hungarian Order of Saint Stephen. She is an honorary citizen of Budapest, of the Municipal District of Ferencváros and the City of Miskolc; a lifetime member of the Vienna State Opera House; she holds an honorary doctorate from Szeged University of Sciences; she is Member of the Presidium of the Hungarian Academy of Arts; and she is principal advisor to the Hungarian State Opera. She was Head of the Department of Vocal and Opera Studies of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music between 2005 and 2013, she continues to teach at the Liszt Academy as Professor Emerita.
A detailed biography and discography of the artist is available in English at martoneva.hu.