Agnes Baltsa

Agnes Baltsa

Greek singer (mezzo-soprano)
Country: Greece

  1. Agnes Baltsa - Greek Mezzo-Soprano
  2. Performances and Success
  3. Repertoire and Recordings

Agnes Baltsa - Greek Mezzo-Soprano

Agnes Baltsa (born in 1944) is a Greek mezzo-soprano. She made her debut in 1968 as Cherubino in Frankfurt. She sang at the Vienna Opera starting from 1970 and in 1974, she performed the role of Dorabella in "Così fan tutte" at La Scala. In 1976, she joined Covent Garden and the same year, she embarked on a major tour of the United States with Karajan.

Performances and Success

Agnes Baltsa has performed multiple times at the Salzburg Festival, including roles such as Eboli in "Don Carlo" in 1977, Octavian in "Der Rosenkavalier" in 1983, and Carmen in 1985. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1979 as Octavian. One of her notable successes came in 1985 at La Scala, where she portrayed Romeo in Bellini's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi". In 1996, she sang the title role in Giordano's "Fedora" at the Vienna Opera.

Repertoire and Recordings

Agnes Baltsa has a diverse repertoire, including roles such as Isabella in Rossini's "L'italiana in Algeri", Rosina in "Il barbiere di Siviglia", Dalila in "Samson et Dalila", and Orfeo in Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice". Her singing is characterized by a special temperament and expressiveness. She has made numerous recordings, including the leading roles in "Carmen" (Deutsche Grammophon, conducted by Levine), "Samson et Dalila" (Philips, conducted by Davis), one of the best versions of "L'italiana in Algeri" (Isabella, conducted by Abbado, Deutsche Grammophon), and the role of Romeo in "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" (conducted by Muti, EMI).