Biography

 


Born in Budapest, Monika Sebők received musical training from the age of 8, taking piano lessons and singing in a choir. She studied singing at the Weiner Leó Conservatory of Budapest with Julia Bikfalvy, who has been her vocal coach for the last 4 years again. Her stage studies started with attending Palladium Theatrical School and FIBO Operastudio (Operastudio for the Youths of Budapest) for 7 years.
During this time did she begin stage work becoming a soloist of the Honvéd Theatre (formerly Honvéd Ensemble) in Budapest. She had been cooperating with the theatre for a decade and became a full member as `a singer and actress` in 2005.
She had regular vocal technique lessons with Bernadette Wiedemann, Margit Ercse, Maria Teresa Uribe for years and attended several Master classes given by Krisztina Laki, Walther Moore and Júlia Hamari.
In the season of 2003-2004 the young mezzosoprano worked and studied in the Opera Studio of the Hungarian State Opera. She gained artistic stipendium from the director Jeanne Henny in 2004, then a year later from the Operapatronizers of Budapest.
In the meantime she got her degree of Literature and linguistics at Eötvös University, and later a degree of en at Berzsenyi College. She also has a diploma on professional speaking and phonetics and has certificates of speaking en, German, Russian and Italian. She also won Kazinczy Prize for her excellent articulation on her mothertongue.

Since her early debut as Cherubino she appeared in this role quite often, the junior performances of the Hungarian State Opera being the latest of these occasions. She played another male role in the Erkel Theatre of the Hungarian State Opera in 2004: Ramiro in Mozart's La finta giardiniera.
With the Orchestra of the Hungarian Television she made a TV recording of Rossini's La Cenerentola, singing the title role and made a radio recording as Liusa in Shostakovich' s Cheriomushky.
She appeared in many of the opera galas in the Hungarian State Opera organized by the Operapatronizers of Budapest, introducing all her main roles: Carmen, Dorabella, Lola.
She had the opportunity to sing her favourite role: Rosina under such honourable conductors as Géza Oberfrank and János Kovács.
Singing her symphonic repertoire the young mezzo could work under the direction of Tamás Vásáry (Mozart's Mass in C minor) and Gergely Kesselyák ( Pergolesi's Stabat Mater).
As the alto soloist of oratorios she appeared at the Palace of Arts in Budapest and at the Pope's Audience in Rome, performing with the Philharmonia Hungarica Orchestra, conducted by Ervin Aczél on the latter venue.
She gave concerts of Bartók's song cycles in the Music Academy of Wien (2000), in Collegium Hungaricum (Wien, 2008) and in the Bartók Memorial House (Budapest, 2009).

As the soloist of the Honvéd Ensemble she had the opportunity to take part in various kinds of musical performances, so a wide range of songs, arias and roles can be found on her repertoire from opera and sacred songs to musicals, chansons and operettas. Bizet`s Carmen and Verdi`s Eboli are just as beloved characters for her as Countess Maritza from Kalman`s operetta or Queen Elisabeth from Levay- Kuntye`s musical. She also loves to sing songs of different genres, as she thinks that the stories told in 3 minutes are just as challenging for a performer as living a character through a whole performance.
As a member of the crossover group called Klasszikon and also as that of the company named Opera-Circus she`s been working on bringing opera to a wider audience since 2007.


Gallery

'Bringing opera to people...'