Judit Kutasi: It doesn’t matter where you come from, hard work is just hard work for everybody.

The Romanian-Hungarian mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi with her “deeper, dark” (Jenny Camilleri/ Bachtrack) voice is one of the most up-and-coming singers in her repertoire and leads critics to predict that she “will be the Verdi mezzo of the next years” (Maximilian Maier / BR Klassik). She begins the 2021/22 with one of her signature roles, Amneris in Verdi’s Aida in the famous Arena di Verona, where the young mezzo already performed in 2018 and 2019. At the Théâtre du Capitole, Judit Kutasi takes over the role of Laura (La Gioconda). At Deutsche Oper Berlin she can be seen as Erda, in both Das Rheingold and Siegfried in Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung as well as Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) – another of Judit Kutasi’s signature roles. Ulrica is also vehicle for her return to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where the mezzo-soprano ends her season after performing la Cieca (La Gioconda) with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. As a regular guest artist at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Judit Kutasi appeared in the 2020/21 season as Erda in the new production of Das Rheingold under the musical direction of Sir Donald Runnicles. She also sang Laura in the concert performance of La Gioconda and jumped in with great success as Princess Eboli in a semi-staged version of Verdi’s Don Carlo. As Princess Eboli, the mezzosoprano was also part of an online streamed concert – a co-production of the Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti and the Teatro Municipale. At the Bavarian State Opera Judit Kutasi finished her season giving an acclaimed performance of her Amneris under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta.

Hello Judit, Im so glad that I have the opportunity to chat with you! Thank you for accepting our invitation. How are you doing? We saw that you jumped in a production of La Gioconda at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. What can you tell about this production? Also, you seemed to have special “relationship” with Laura, what can you tell us about her?

Hello Opera Charm Magazine, thank you for the invitation, it’s a pleasure to chat with you. The La Gioconda in Toulouse was a very interesting production, the director Olivier Py offered us a dream-like version of this dark romantic tragedy presided over by lust and death. Laura’s character is about love, she is a loving and innocent young woman who is in love with a prince, which she’s denied off by being obliged to marry an older man. Mezzosoprano’s in general get to play more rarely then sopranos a younger and vibrant character and having the chance to get to know her character it resonated with me, and it got to be a very interesting journey for me.

In the main cultural centres of Europe, things seem to be turning back to normal, but we can’t forget the fact that culture & arts have been extremly hurt by the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic. What was this year and a half for you, professionally, but also psychologically? This summer we were able to see you in Arena di Verona as Amneris. Could you describe the feeling of returning back in the Arena after such difficult times? How do you feel about the 2021 Arena di Verona, which was a bit different from what we were used to?

Indeed it was a difficult period for arts and culture, not being able to be on stage singing and connecting with our audiences was hard. I only hope this past year and half taught us how important are the arts and culture in the world and how much we need it in our lives. Returning to the Arena di Verona stage after such a difficult period it was exciting and hopeful, it felt like we are back to normal even though there were restrictions in place. I did feel the happiness and joy on being back on this prestigious stage. 

Read the entire interview here, in the 6th/2021 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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