Photo: Pál Nánási
Erika Miklósa is a Kossuth, Liszt Ferenc and Prima Primissima Prize-winning coloratura soprano singer.
She was an active teenage athlete, but she had to quit competing due to an injury, after which she turned to singing, first as a hobby. Barely three years later, at the age of 19 (as the youngest ever), she joined the Hungarian State Opera. She debuted abroad in 1992, in Brussels, after being invited by Júlia Hamari. In the same year, she debuted in Mannheim in The Magic Flute as the Queen of the Night, a role that brought her fame on the most prominent stages of London, Paris, Munich and New York – she became one of the most sought after singer in this role, which she has sang more than 500 times. In 1996, she studied abroad first as a fellow student of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, then as the fellow of La Scala, Milan.
She was a member of the Hungarian State Opera until 1999, where she sang soprano roles: Adele from Die Fledermaus, Gilda from Rigoletto and Konstanze from Die Entführung aus dem Serail, just to name a few. Since 2004, she is regularly featured on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Next to her more dramatic roles, she also likes singing comic operas, like Rossini’S Le Comte Ory, in which she was featured as Countess Adele in the National Theatre of Szeged, and, most recently, in the Malmö Opera. In addition to her opera roles, she also regularly appears in musicals and operettas, and is often featured as a lead artist in exclusive gala concerts.
In the 2015-2016 season, she starred as Maria in West Side Story, and as Mária Gara in Hunyadi László in the Hungarian State Opera House. She made her debut in the leading role of Traviata in 2016, at the Margaret Island Open Air Theatre. The other significant moment of this year for her was the anniversary gala concert at Erkel Theatre, celebrating her 25 year long career. She cares deeply about issues and matters related to health, sports and charity and talent programs; she was the Hungarian ambassador of volunteers in 2011, and received an International Fair Play Award in 2012. In 2013, when she worked in Los Angeles, she flew to New York to run the marathon.
During her career, she travelled the world, but her home has nevertheless always remained in Hungary where she lives in a small village in the Bakony mountains.