Orsolya Nyakas

Orsolya was born in Hungary and studied at the Music Academy Franz Liszt in Budapest and then at the Opera Studio in Bern. Masterclasses with Júlia Hamari, Nancy Argenta, Ingrid Attrot, Dorothee Mields, Emma Kirkby, Nicholas Clapton and Anna Korondi complemented her education. As a member of the Purcell Choir, she sang in various oratorios, collaborated with Helmuth Rilling, René Jacobs and Ádám Fischer, and also performed as a soloist under the baton of György Vashegyi. In 2015 she won the Annie Fischer Fellowship.

In 2019 she was a finalist at the 10th International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck. Her work as a concert singer took her to Hungary, Romania and Finland. At Theater Biel-Solothurn she performed Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She has been a permanent member of the ensemble at the Konzert Theater Bern since 2018-2019 singing Despina in Così fan tutte, Musetta in La Bohème, Alma in Humanoid and Die Dirne in Reigen .

Upcoming Roles

2020-2021: Konzert Theater Bern

Jano - Jenufa 

Clotilde - Norma

Lucia - The Rape of Lucretia

Erste BlumenmädchenParsifal

2019-2020: Konzert Theater Bern

Laetitia The old Maid & the Thief (piano performance during COVID-19)

Yniold Pelléas et Melisande 

Esmeralda Die verkaufte Braut

Berta il barbiere di Siviglia - Rossini

FrasquitaCarmen - Bizet

Previous Roles:

2018-2019: Konzert Theater Bern

MusettaLa Bohème - Puccini

DespinaCosì fan tutte - Mozart

2017-2018​: Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn
Bertail barbiere di Siviglia - Rossini


2020 Haydn: Soprano solo, Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross) Hob. XX:2 Vokalfassun 1795/96

2017 Handel: Messiah; Dirigent: Nicholas McGegan, Hungary

2016 Mozart: Requiem; Dirigent: György Vashegyi; Budapest, Hungary

Recent reviews

The Cesti International Singing Competition

"(...)in the end my vote went to the Hungarian soprano Orsolya Nyakas, who sang her Melani aria with an engaging sweetness and character, while displaying absolute security and a touching emotional response to Melissa’s ‘Ah, spietato!’ from Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula. Her da capo ornamentation and cadenzas were also more stylish than those of most of her rivals."

Brian Robins - Early Music Review 

"One singer who was unfortunate not to figure in the list of prize winners was the Hungarian soprano, Orsolya Nyakas, whose second aria, Melissa’s, “Ah, spietato!” from Handel’s opera “Amadigi di Gaula,” was one of the highlights of the competition. In what was a wonderful delivery, Nyakas displayed interpretative maturity, technical ability and vocal beauty, and in the process captivated the audience."

Alan Nielsson - Operawire - 2019

"(...) da ist Orsolya Nyakas, die als junge Musetta mit natürlicher Bühnenpräsenz überzeugt und einem Sopran, der hell und düster zugleich klingen kann."
Maria Kuenzli - Berner Zeitung - 2018

"Orsolya Nyakas setzt als Frasquita fulminante Spitzentöne" - Kaspar Sannemann - Oper aktuell

"Ihr Ersatz als Despina, die ungarische Sopranistin Orsolya Nyakas, ist ganz neu Ensemblemitglied am Berner Theater, lernte die Partie ebenfalls innerhalb weniger Tage, und die fehlende Vertrautheit war ihr ebensowenig wie ihrer Kollegin anzumerken." Reinmar Wagner - Musik & Theater


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