Atala Schöck

“[Atala Schöck’s] Fricka was a self confident, realistically perceptive woman and the equal of her husband, so that there was more clever arguing than brawly blaming in this scene.”

Atala Schöck studied at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and attended several master classes with Julia Hamari, Adrienne Csengery, Anna Reynolds, Walther Berry and Walter Moore. She was holder of a scholarship of the Richard Wagner Association and won several awards like the First prize of the József Simándy Singing Competition and the Third prize of the Singing Competition of Hungarian Radio. In 2017 she got Franz Liszt Prize from the Ministry of Culture for her extraordinary musical and theatrical work and was honored as ‘Kammersängerin’ of the Hungarian State Opera Budapest. In 2022 is she again Fricka in 'Die Walküre' at the Wagner-Festival in Budapest under the baton of M° Adam Fischer.

She was guesting at great opera houses such as the National Opera Prague, the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, Théatre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro de la Maestranza Sevilla, Janacek Opera Brno, Teatro Reggio Torino, the Opéra National de Paris, Oper Frankfurt and at Semperoper Dresden. She also is a frequent guest at the Wagner Days in Budapest, where she already performed 3. Blume (Parsifal), Floßhilde, Rossweiße and her debut as Fricka (Rheingold and Walküre). At the Bayreuther Festspiele she sang 2. Knappe and 3. Blume. In 2012 she made her debut  as Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) at Festival St. Gallen. Furthermore, her repertoire includes roles like Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Cosí fan tutte), Sextus (La clemenza di Tito), Ascanio (Ascanio in Alba), Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Örzse (Háry János), Hausfrau (Spinnstube), Carmen (Carmen), Pauline (Pique-Dame), Charlotte (Werther) and Mutter (Hansel und Gretel).

In season 2017-18, Atala Schöck sang amongst others the title role of Carmen in Brno, Gertrud in the new production of 'Hänsel und Gretel' at Hungarian State Opera and Nettie Fowler in the new produciton of 'Carousel' at Volksoper Vienna. In June, she returned to the Wagner Days 2018 in Budapest with her debut as Brangäne. In 2018-19 season, the Hungarian mezzo-soprano made her debut as Judith in the new production of 'Herzog Blaubarts Burg' at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo. In 2019/20, she will present Mahler's 8th Symphony in Lille and sing again various concerts in Budapest.

Atala Schöck worked together with famous conductors like Pierre Boulez, Adam Fischer, Ivan Fischer, Zoltan Kocsis, Philip Monteuil, Philippe Jordan, Kyrill Petrenko, Andriy Jurkevich, Pedro Halffter, Helmuth Rilling, Alessandro de Marchi, Pinchas Steinberg, Günter Neuhold, Michel Plasson, Paolo Carigniani, Daniele Gatti und Michel Swierczewski and with great directors like Calixto Bieito, Company El Fura dels Baus, Christoph Schlingensief, Keith Warren, Hartmuth Schörghofer, Balazs Kovalik, Günther Kramer, Ondrej Havelka, Carlos Wagner, William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet Company, Karl Ernst and Ursel Hermann.

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