Réka Kristóf | Soprano
In the current season, Hungarian soprano Réka Kristóf makes her debut as Agathe in Carl Maria von Weber’s Freischütz at the Theater Koblenz and sings in Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher with the Hungarian National Philharmonic under Martin Haselböck at the Palace of Arts in Budapest.
With the beginning of the 2018/2019 season, Réka Kristóf has been part of the ensemble of the theater in Trier, where she has performed roles including Donna Elvira, Contessa Almaviva, Frau Fluth, Mimi, Feldmarschallin, Hanna Glawari, Poppea and the woman in Poulenc’s monoopera La voix humaine.
Immediately after completing her studies in 2018, the young singer realized several roles at various opera houses such as Marzelline at the Vorarlberger Landestheater and 1st lady at the opera in Steinbruch St. Margarethen. In the 2017/2018 season she also made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera as a milliner in Rosenkavalier and as Charlotte in Křenek’s Der Diktator.
As a recital and concert singer, Réka Kristóf works with the leading conductors and orchestras in Hungary. In January 2017 she sang Four Last Songs at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, a solo recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall in May 2018 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Hungarian National Philharmonic under Robert Farkas at Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg in May 2022.
In addition, Réka Kristóf has a special preference for early music. Under the direction of Joachim Tschiedel, she sang the title role in Franz Xaver Sterkle’s opera Farnace at Stadttheater Aschaffenburg in autumn 2017 with the original sound ensemble Accademia di Monaco. The production was recorded by Bayerischer Rundfunk. With the same ensemble, her debut CD In Furore with sacred motets by Antonio Vivaldi and Georg Friedrich Handel was released in early 2019, which was nominated for the German Record Critics’ Prize.
The Hungarian soprano studied singing with Krisztina Laki and Thomas Mohr in Bremen. She then completed a master’s on music theater/opera singing at the August Everding Theater Academy in Munich with Fenna Kügel-Seifried. In 2018, Réka Kristóf won the first prize at the International Anton Rubinstein Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg-singing competition. A year earlier, she won the Hungarian Radio Talent Competition Virtuózok and received scholarships from the Richard Wagner and the German Theater Associations.