Musical Toronto: Q&A | 39 Questions For Krisztina Szabó

By Michael Vincent on May 25, 2015


Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó typifies today’s modern singer. She is versatile, commands a charismatic stage presence, and presents thoughtful character portraits. Ms. Szabó made her Lincoln Center début as Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Mostly Mozart Festival where she was praised in the New York Times for being “clear, strong, stately and an endearingly vulnerable Dorabella.”

This season, Ms. Szabó sang the role of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Calgary Opera and most recently “The Woman” in Erwartung with the Canadian Opera Company. She has also appeared as featured soloist with Continuum Music, Tapestry New Opera, Music of the Baroque, Vancouver Early Music, Vancouver Bach Choir and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the Canadian concert premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin.

She next performs with Against the Grain Theatre in Death & Desire, a double-bill of Schubert and Messiaen, which runs June 2–5 at Neubacher Short Contemporary in Toronto.


What are three things about Toronto that make you want to live here?

Toronto is urban but has many great neighbourhoods that make you feel like you can know your neighbours, great arts scene, Lake Ontario!

Name your favourite concert hall/venue in Toronto

This is so hard to pick! Toronto is blessed with so many great spaces for music. For acoustics alone, I would pick Four Seasons Centre, Koerner Hall, Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts and the newly renovated Trinity St. Paul’s United Church. All fabulous places to sing and hear great music.

Name your favourite concert hall/venue anywhere

I have to say that the new Wexford Opera House in Ireland is probably is my favourite place to sing so far  – beautiful, acoustically amazing and manages to bring an intimacy to the space while still being an opera house.

Your role models?

Musically speaking: Frederica Von Stade, Anne Sophie Von Otter.

Your favourite sound?

My daughter, Phoibe’s laugh. Best sound in the world.

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