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Krisztián Cser

Krisztián Cser

Hungarian opera singer and physicist
Krisztián Cser
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Intro Hungarian opera singer and physicist
Is Singer Opera singer Scientist Physicist
From Hungary
Type Music Science
Gender male
Birth 9 December 1977, Szeged, Szeged District, Csongrád-Csanád County, Hungary
Age 43 years
Star sign Sagittarius
University of Szeged (-2002)
Franz Liszt Academy of Music (-2008)
Krisztián Cser
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Krisztián Cser (pronounced [kristiaːn t͡ʃɛr]) (born 9 December 1977) is a Hungarian operatic and concert singer (bass) and physicist, the soloist of the Hungarian State Opera.


Krisztián Cser was born in 1977, in Szeged, Hungary. He grew up in a family of musicians. His grandmother Tímea Cser was a soprano, grandfather Gusztáv Cser was a composer-conductor, father Miklós Cser was a conductor. His mother Andrea Balló is a paintress. He has 5 siblings. One of his brothers, Ádám Cser is a musician too, he is a composer-conductor. He grew up in Szeged, Hungary, where he began his musical studies by playing the piano in his early childhood. After leaving high school, he graduated in physics at the University of Szeged in 2002 (Hungary) and began to work as a PhD student at the Institute of Biophysics of the Szeged Biological Research Centre. But his artistic roots proved strong, science was replaced by music in his life. He studied classical singing at the University of Szeged, where his vocal trainer was István Andrejcsik, then he attended the Department of Vocal and Opera Studies at the Liszt Academy, where the famous operatic singer Éva Marton was his professor and studied stage movement and acting with Balázs Kovalik.

Krisztián Cser in February of 2020

Krisztián Cser succeeded in several Hungarian and international singing competitions, either he got into the finals, got a special prize, or even won.

He came out as an oratorio soloist in J. S. Bach’s Saint John Passion in 1998. His repertoire includes a wide range of musical styles from early baroque to contemporary music. In opera roles he appeared first in 2008, since when he has been a member of the Hungarian State Opera. He has sung under the baton of renowned Hungarian and foreign conductors such as Pierre Cao, Péter Eötvös, Helmuth Rilling, Peter Schreier, Muhai Tang, Gábor Hollerung, Kirill Karabits, Zoltán Kocsis, Ádám Fischer, Iván Fischer, Zoltán Peskó, György Vashegyi, Ken'ichiro Kobayashi, Zsolt Hamar and Tamás Vásáry. During the years, his title-role singing in Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle became emblematic, he sings it in many Hungarian and international performances successfully with the contribution of renowned conductors. In some of the countries during his tour around the world, the audience could listen to and watch this opera for the first time in his performance. Above all, on the CD published in 2018 for the centenary of the Bluebeard’s Castle premiere, Krisztián Cser sings Bluebeard.

Besides Bartók’s opera, he has played other remarkable roles on opera stages. He frequently sings the bass roles of Mozart's operas as Figaro, Leporello and Sarastro, and authentically plays the protagonists in Verdi and Wagner's operas, such as The Grand Inquisitor and Philip II in Don Carlos or Wotan in The Rhinegold. His other leading roles have included Colline in Puccini's La bohème and Don Basilio in Rossini's The Barber of Seville. His ever-expanding repertoire includes more than 60 operas and nearly 80 roles.

He regularly performs on Hungarian opera and concert stages. He gave recitals also at the Royal Festival Hall in London, at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and many more famous concert hall. He has debut as Wotan in Wagner's The Rhinegold in 2018, and as Don Pizarro in Beethoven's Fidelio at the Opernhaus Chemnitz. In 2019 he sang the role of Bluebeard with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He also sang the role of Wotan in the fall of 2019 in Mexico City, where the 150th anniversary of the staging of Wagner's The Rhinegold was celebrated.


  • 1998: first professional appearance as an oratorio soloist | J. S. Bach: St John Passion
  • 2002: graduate as physicist at the University of Szeged
  • 2006: graduate at the College of Music in Szeged
  • 2008: graduate at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest
  • 2008: debut as Don Magnifico | Rossini: La Cenerentola | Italy (Spoleto)
  • 2010-: guest artist of the Hungarian State Opera
  • 2014: Bluebeard | Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle | China, Ukraine (Kiev)
  • 2014: debut as Figaro | Mozart : The Marriage of Figaro, Hungary (Budapest)
  • 2014: Kossuth | Iván Fischer: The Red Heifer,
  • 2014: tour in Germany with the Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • 2015: Bluebeard | Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle, Italy (Milan)
  • 2016: Sarastro | Mozart: The Magic Flute | Royal Festival Hall, United Kingdom (London) | Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany, Concertgebouw - Netherlands (Amsterdam) | Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium
  • 2017: Bluebeard | Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle | Royal Festival Hall, United Kingdom (London) | Concert Hall, Poland (Katowice) | Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium
  • 2018: debut as Wotan | Wagner: The Rhinegold | Germany (Chemnitz)
  • 2019: debut as Alvise Badoero / Ponchielli: La Gioconda, Hungary (Budapest)
  • 2019: tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra | Bluebeard | Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle | Elbphilharmonie, Germany (Hamburg) | Philharmonie de Paris, Paris-Grande salle Pierre Boulez, France (Paris) | Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxemburg (Luxembourg) | Carnegie Hall, United States of America (New York City)
  • 2019: debut as Don Pizarro | Beethoven: Fidelio, Germany (Chemnitz)
  • 2019: Wotan | Wagner: The Rhinegold | Sala Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, (Mexico City)
  • 2020: debut as Philip II | Verdi: Don Carlos | National Theatre of Miskolc, Hungary (Miskolc)

Awards and scolarships

Music competitions

  • 4th Simándy József National Singing Competition | 2nd category - Winner (2004)
  • Montserrat Caballe Singing Competition | Finals (2008)
  • Geneva International Music Competition - Special Prize (2009)



Composer Opera Role Conductor,
Chorus and orchestra




Label OCLC
Béla Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle Bluebeard Gábor Hollerung
Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok
2017 2018 Hunnia Records

HRCD 1733

György Ránki King Pomádé's New Clothes Pomádé Péter Oberfrank
Opera Chorus Budapest

Danubia Orchestra Óbuda

2017 2017
György Selmeczi Spiritisti Il Duca János Kovács
Opera Chorus Budapest
Győr Philharmonic Orchestra
2017 2017
Ferenc Erkel György Dózsa Friar Laurence Balázs Kocsár
Hungarian National Choir
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
Mozart - Lackfi Útravaló 2015


Sarastro 2015 2015 MÁO 014
Ferenc Erkel László Hunyadi

Original version 1844-1862

Ulrik Cillei Domonkos Héja
Honvéd Male Choir

Budapest Studio Choir

Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
2012 2017 MÁO 002
Ferenc Erkel László Hunyadi Ulrik Cillei Domonkos Héja
Honvéd Male Choir

Budapest Studio Choir

Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
2012 2014 Brilliant Classics

BRIL 94869


Oratorio, song

Composer Work Conductor,
Chorus and orchestra


Label OCLC
Miklós Kocsár

György Orbán

Laudatio Episcopi Sancti Martini


László Kovács
Eötvös Loránd University Béla Bartók Choir
and University Chamber Orchestra
Lajos Huszár Passio et mors Domini nostri Jesu Christi Mátyás Antal
Hungarian National Choir
2009 Hungaroton Classic

HCD 32629

Christian Geist Kirchenkonzerte György Vashegyi
Chamber Ensemble of the Orfeo Orchestra
2008 Hungaroton Classic

HCD 32587

Georg Lickl Sacred music

Missa Solemnis in C major

Offertorium Bone Deus, amor meus

Missa Solemnis in D minor

György Vashegyi
Purcell Choir
Erdődy Chamber Orchestra
2007 2008 Hungaroton Classic

HCD 32480


Opera roles

  • Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle
    • Bluebeard
  • Beethoven: Fidelio
    • Don Fernando
    • Pizzaro
  • Bizet: Carmen
    • Zuniga
  • Britten: The Rape of Lucretia
    • Collatinus
  • Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
    • Dulcamara
  • Donizetti: Anna Bolena
    • Enrico (Henry VIII)
    • Lord Rochefort
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
    • Raimondo Bidebent
  • Eötvös: Love and Other Demons
    • Don Toribio
  • Erkel: Hunyadi László
    • Ulrik Cillei
  • Erkel: Dózsa György
    • Bagos
    • Friar Laurence
  • Fischer: The red heifer
    • Kossuth
  • Gounod: Roméo et Juliette
    • Frère Laurent
  • Händel: Deidamia
    • Licomede
  • Händel: Semele
    • Cadmus
  • Haydn: L'anima del filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice
    • Plutone
  • Lendvay: The Respectful Prostitute
    • The negro
  • Monteverdi: L'Orfeo
    • Caronte
    • Plutone
  • Mozart: The Magic Flute
    • Sarastro
    • Second priest
  • Mozart: Don Giovanni
    • Leporello
    • Il Commendatore
  • Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
    • Figaro
    • Bartolo
    • Antonio
    • Count Almaviva
  • Mozart: Idomeneo
    • The voice of the Oracle of Neptune
  • Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
    • Publio
  • Ponchielli: La Gioconda
    • Alvise Badoero
  • Puccini: La bohème
    • Colline
  • Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
    • Marco
    • Ser Amantio di Nicolao
  • Puccini: Tosca
    • Cesare Angelotti
  • Purcell: The Fairy-Queen
    • Drunken Poet
  • Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie
    • Pluton
    • Neptune
  • Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges
    • Le fauteuil
    • L'arbre
  • Ránki: King Pomádé's New Clothes
    • Pomádé
  • Rossini: The Barber of Seville
    • Don Basilio
  • Rossini: La Cenerentola
    • Don Magnifico
  • Sári: Sonnenfinsternis
    • Miklós Radnóti
  • Selmeczi: Spiritisti
    • Il Duca
  • Schönberg: Moses and Aron
    • Priest
  • Smetana: The Bartered Bride
    • Kecal
  • Strauss: The Silent Woman
    • Farfallo
  • Strauss: Ariadne on Naxos
    • Truffaldino
  • Strauss: Daphne
    • Peneios
  • Strauss: Elektra
    • Orest's tutor
  • Strauss: Piece Day
    • The Holsteiner
  • Strauss: Salome
    • First soldier
    • First Nazarene
  • Stravinsky: Oedipus rex
    • Tiresias
  • Tihanyi: The white rose
    • The man
  • Vajda: Mario and the Magician
    • Cipolla
  • Verdi: Aida
    • The King of Egypt
  • Verdi: Attila
    • Leone
  • Verdi: Don Carlos
    • Philip II
    • Charles V
    • The Grand Inquisitor
  • Verdi: The Sicilian Vespers
    • Count Vaudemont
  • Verdi: Otello
    • Lodovico
  • Verdi: Rigoletto
    • Sparafucile
  • Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
    • Jacopo Fiesco
  • Verdi: Stiffelio
    • Jorg
  • Verdi: The Troubadour
    • Ferrando
  • Verdi: A Masked Ball
    • Samuel
  • Wagner: The Rhinegold
    • Wotan
    • Fasolt
  • Wagner: Rienzi
    • Raimondo
  • Wagner: The Valkyrie
    • Hunding
  • Wagner: Tannhäuser
    • Reinmar von Zweter
    • Hermann
  • Weber: The Freeshooter
    • Kaspar
  • Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
    • Joe, called Alaskawolfjoe
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