Biography

 

 

Zoltán Bátki Fazekas was born in November 10, 1968 in Szeged, Hungary.
His singing teachers were Valéria Berdál (1985-), Márta Ónody (1995-1997) and Kálmán Gyimesi (1997-)
He graduated at the Liszt Ferenc Music College as 'Singing teacher' in 1991, then in 1995 as 'Singer and teacher'. In 1997 he got his diploma in 'Opera singing' with an 'excellent' grade of degree at the Music Academy of Budapest.
In 1991 he got First Prize and Special Prize in the National Mozart Singing Competition in Szeged, Hungary. In 1993 he got second prize in the Ádám Jenő National Singing Competition. In 2002 he was awarded with 'Artisjus' prize in Hungary. He got third prize in 'The song rings' International Singing Competition of Hungarian Traditional Popular Songs.
He was a member of the choir of the National Theatre of Szeged. Since 1993 he has been teaching at the Péczely Attila Music School of Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary. He was a member of the National Theatre of Szeged between 1991 and 2008, and the Csokonai Theatre of Debrecen, Hungary between 1998 and 2001.
Since 1997 he has been regularly singing as a guest soloist at the Hungarian State Opera where he sang the following roles: Figaro (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Mozart: Cosí fan tutte), Dandini (Rossini: La Cenerentola), Enrico (Donizetti: Il campanello), Enrico Ashton (Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor), Belcore (Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore), Schaunard (Puccini: La bohème), Don Estoban (Zemlinsky: The dwarf), Petúr (Erkel: Bánk bán), Bagó (Kacsoh: János vitéz), Ping (Puccini: Turandot), Falke (J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus), Dancaire (Bizet: Carmen), Napóleon and Bartender (Kodály: Háry János), Ben (Menotti: The telephone), Garda Roberto (Ránki: King Pomade's new clothes)Man from Rome (Vajda: Mario and the magician).

In the castle of Buda, Hungary he sang Mozart's Figaro and the role of Masetto in Don Giovanni upon Sass Sylvia's request in 1997 and 1998. As a guest soloist he has performed at the theatres of Pécs, Miskolc and Győr, Hungary. He was singing Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with great success in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Hague, and in other cities of Holland, too. He performed this role in six different directions, among others in Budapest, Szeged, Pécs, and Szombathely, Hungary. He was singing in Germany for four months in a series of gala evenings from the works of Mozart and Johann Strauss. He also performed at the Sarasota Opera House, USA. For four years he has been a guest concert soloist in Güssing, Austria.
Apart from his operatic roles he also sings song cycles, songs, oratorios, operettas, Hungarian traditional popular songs and contemporary music.
Since 1991 he has published his poems in several periodicals and anthologies. His first book of poetry named Eladott országban (In a sold country) was published in 1996, his second book called Fényben születő (Born in the light) was published in 2000. The title of his new book is Könnycseppek (Tear drops), which was published in 2010. In 2003, in the International Poem and Short Story Writing Competition called 'Szép vagy Alföld' ('You are beautiful Hungarian Plain') he was awarded a 'bronze certificate'. In 2004 he got first prize in the National Poem Writing Competition announced by the National Association of Creative Artists and Writers. In 2006 he got Special Prize in the Ninth National Aquincum Poem Writing Competition.
His first own CD album was issued in 2008. His poems set to music are often played in Hungary. He is a member of the Hungarian Society of Creative Musicians, the Hungarian Writers' Association, and the Association of Composers and Singers of Hungarian Traditional Popular Songs. He is very active in public life, he is founder of various organizations and the member of the advisory board in two foundations.
Between 2005 and 2010 he was the president of the Hungarian Independent Party. Since 2009 he has been a member of the '1956 National Guard of Hungary'. In 2005, for identifying himself with the ideas of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and for his activity in this field he was rewarded with the 'Hero of Revolution' honour by the '1956 Prisoners' Parliament of Rebels'.
In 2008 the National Dankó Pista Commemorative Commitee honoured him with the 'Dankó-medallion'.
He is a 'prominent soloist' of the Hungarian Radio.
In 2006 he got a 'Leader in public education' diploma at the University of Szeged.
Zoltán Bátki Fazekas has two children, he lives with his family in Zsombó, near Szeged.

 

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’...pleasant bariton voice, profound articulation, excellent theatrical abilities... (József Gregor)