UDIT

   FELSZEGHY 

          C O L O R A T U R A    S O P R A N O

Judit Felszeghy, soprano, was trained in the Kodály method in Budapest, Hungary. She started her musical education on the piano and the recorder, and from the age of 6 she sang in various choir schools. Later on she sang in prominent youth choirs and was a soloist in various small groups, always feeling most at home with Mediaeval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical repertoire. She is also inspired by ancient traditional songs. Judit graduated in singing from the Leo Weiner College of Music in Budapest with distinction. She studied with famous coloratura sopranos: Prof. Sylvia Geszty, Prof. Krisztina Laki and Prof. Csilla Ötvös in Vienna and in Budapest. In England she feels very lucky to have had regular lessons with one of her early music singing idols, Dame Emma Kirkby. With Emma's guidance and coaching Judit made her first solo CD, the "Faces". Between 2016-2017 Judit had lessons with Christine Cairns, and recently, in 2020, Judit started having singing lessons with Alison Roddy. With her guidance and mentoring, Judit is looking forward to exploring the next stage of her career post-Covid times. 

 

Judit’s instrument – her soprano voice - has a pure natural clarity that is combined with the art of virtuosity. Her coloratura passages are crystal-clear and precise - like a string of pearls. Her tone is beautifully warm and her performance is full of love and passion. Judit strives for excellence and can delight any audience. Her devotion, focus, preparation and musicality is appreciated by conductors and musician colleagues alike. 

As a singer, she is a “human anti-depressant”, as some people call her, as her voice deeply touches her audience's heart.


 

Judit moved to the UK in 2009 and since then has been building a growing reputation as a professional soloist and a singing teacher. She regularly sings solos for Fiori Musicali early music group, and performs as a soloist for various music societies around Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. Recent engagements she is very proud of include: a concert with the Orchestra of St John's under the baton of John Lubbock in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; a UK tour with the Baha'i composer, Richard Leigh who wrote his new CD, Daystar specifically for Judit's voice; a Handel concert with Leeds Baroque under the baton of Peter Holman and, singing Haydn’s St Cecilia Mass with Fiori Musicali with the lead of Penelope Rapson in London, at the Priory Church of St John, singing with the Tree of Love quartet in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice for their online Christmas service.

 

Judit is the co-founder and the soprano soloist of the internationally acclaimed early music groups, Ensemble Marquise and Artistocrats. They have been working together since 2004 and have become like a musical family. 

 

Judit has been invited to perform as a soloist and also with her ensembles at renowned festivals. She has appeared and gained success in prestigious concert halls, historic houses and stately homes in Hungary, the UK (including London) and other countries of Europe. For a full list of performances and engagements see her website: www.juditfelszeghy.co.uk and www.ensemblemarquise.com


 

Besides music she is highly interested in languages. Apart from being fluent in English and Hungarian, she obtained her degree at ELTE University in Budapest where she studied Russian language, literature and culture. She also studied German and Italian.

 

In the past couple of years Judit has been drawn to modalities of wellbeing and embodied practices that bring physical, mental and spiritual balance in a natural and holistic way to her singing, performing and everyday life. 

In the strange times of the pandemic this has enabled her to channel her skills and energy somewhere where the magic of singing is most needed. She set up online international groups called “Opera Breathing exercises” to help ease symptoms of long Covid sufferers, at the beginning of 2021. 

In her weekly groups, Judit has been sharing easy opera breathing exercises, some fun singing, anxiety reducing tools and other useful techniques that empower people to breathe more freely and feel more in control of their health and wellbeing. 

 
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2022

 

2 July - soprano in Mozart Coronation Mass, Regina Coeli in C and Laudate Dominum at Worksop under the baton of Simon Lumby

15-22 August  Concerts at Music Palace Festival at Royal Palace of Godollo 

2021

 

14 March - outdoor Mother's day concert at Avery Homes, Cliftonville

28 March - Team Roddy - online Easter opera concert

4 June - wedding singing

2 and 3 July - wedding singing

11 July - Concert with Fiori Musicali - at Wolfehampcote church

17 July - VIVA Opera workshop with Alison Roddy (singing) and John Lloyd Davies (staging - Covent Garden opera director)

2-9 August - several concerts at Music Palace Festival, Gödöllő, Hungary

5 September - soprano in Vivaldi Gloria at 5 pm at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Northampton

16 October Handel Messiah - Soprano - Godmanchester

23 and 24 October - Mozart Magic Flute - Papagena - Arcadian Opera, Roxborough Theatre, Stowe

6 November - soprano in Handel Messiah with Northampton Bach Choir at the Spinney Theater, with period group Charivari Agreeable, conducted by Lee Dunleavy

16 November - Marquise concert in Cyprus

2020

11 January - Kent, Tudeley - Japanese-French-Hungarian concert with Rika Zayasu and Laszlo Blaskovics at Tudeley Festival of Chamber Music and Voice

14 March - recording CD "Daystar" with Richard Leigh and David Le Page

22 March - Mothers' Day concerts at Avery Homes and other venues in Northampton

 

After this, all planned concerts were cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic: 

February - Letcombe Regis Supper Club

17 April - Northampton Cathedral - Fiori Musicali - J.S.Bach: B minor mass - Soprano 2.

3 May - Royal Palace of Gödöllő,Hungary - Ensemble Marquise

8 May - Vivaldi with Fiori Musicali

17 May - Market Harborough - Daystar and other Baha'i spiritual songs by Richard Leigh with David Le Page

June Granada with Marquise

June Cremona with Marquise

September Letcombe Regis - Church recital

 

In England during lockdown in April, May and June:

8 weekly outdoor singing for the people in our street and online from our window/balcony after Clap for Carers.

 

26 August- singing opera arias for 100-year-old Jack on his birthday from his

garden

30 October - concert with Ensemble Marquise at the Royal Palace of Gödöllö, Hungary

10 and 15 December - recording for Cynthia Spencer Hospice for their online Christmas service - Tree of Life quartet

13 December - Team Roddy - online Christmas opera concert

20 December - outdoor Christmas concert at Avery Homes, Cliftonville

2019

4 and 25 January - Budapest - Traditional songs and dances from the Balkans - Martenica Folk Ensemble

7 February - University of Aberdeen - King's College Chapel - The Passionate Marquise - Ensemble Marquise

14 February - Budapest, Danube Palace - Valentine's Day Baroque - Ensemble Marquise

29 March - Budapest - Traditional songs and dances from the Balkans - Martenica Folk Ensemble

12 May - Brixworth Saxon Church - Songs of Santa Maria - Fiori Musicali

9 June - Long Buckby, St Andrew's, Summer concert, Rossini opera arias

14 June - Newnham church - Ensemble Marquise

15 August - Cremona - boat concert on the river Po - opera arias and duets

16 August - Cremona Festival - choir concert and arias

7 September - Helmdon church - Mozart arias with Fiori Musicali

21 October - Finedon church - Daystar and other Bahá'i spiritual songs by Richard Leigh - Soprano

23 November - London, Priory Church of St John, Haydn St Cecilia Mass at Fiori Musicali's St Ceciliatide - Soprano

29 November - Nicosia, Cyprus - Baroque journey - Ensemble Marquise

6 December - Whilton - Choir concert with some arias

14 December - Badby church - choir concert and arias from Handel's Messiah

21 December - Budapest, Danube Palace - Baroque Christmas with Artistocrats

2018 

23 February - Preston Capes - private birthday recital

24 March - Gödöllő, Baroque Theater - Ensemble Marquise

28 March - Budapest, FMK - Martenica - Bulgarian folk songs

1 April - Gödöllő, Baroque Theater - Ensemble Marquise

28 April - Daventry, Holy Crosschurch - Macmillan Cancer Support choir concert and arias

4 May - Vác, Feherek Church - Artistocrats with guest performer Claire Babington

2 June - Flore Art Festival - Fiori Musicali - arias by Vivaldi, Porpora and Handel

9 June - Bulgarian folk songs with Martenica Folk Ensemble - Budapest

10 June - Long Buckby church - afternoon summer concert - guest performer

23 June - Leicester, Viva La Musica, St Aidan's church - Handel Royal Occasion music - arias by Handel

29 June - Preston Capes church - choir summer concert with some arias

6 July - Whilton church - choir summer concert with some arias

11 July - Letcombe Regis - Cafe concert - recital

21 July - Vac,Hungary, Summer Musical Feast - Artistocrats

27-28 July - Bulgarian traditional songs with Martenica - Budapest, Kapolcs Festival

30 July - St John Fisher Church, North Harrow, London - Requiem Mass - arias

14 September - Letcombe Regis, St Andrew's church - fundraising recital

26 September - Gödöllő Baroque Theater, Hungary - Ensemble Marquise

6 October - Great Brington church - Fiori Musicali - Vivaldi, Handel

24 October - Letcombe Regis - Supper Club concert

28 October - Leeds - soprano (Il Penseroso) at Handel: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato with Leeds Baroque under the baton of Peter Holman

16 November - Budapest - Traditional songs from the Balkans - Martenica Folk Ensemble

15 December - Royal Palace of Gödöllő - Ensemble Marquise - Baroque Christmas

29 December - Budapest, Sound of Balkans Festival - Traditional songs from Bulgaria - Martenica Folk Ensemble

CALENDAR

 

2017

25 February - Loughborough, Leicestershire - Octave - Mozart: Regina Coeli, Laudate Dominum

3 March - Brixworth Church - Ensemble Marquise

4 March - South Holland Festival at Spalding - Ensemble Marquise

25 March - Daventry Holy Cross Church - concert for the Mayor of Daventry - combined choirs' concert and arias

1 April - Lunchtime recital with Fiori Musicali Wellingborough Castle Theatre

22 April - Coombe Abbey - private birthday party - arias and songs by Handel, Mozart and Schubert

12 May - Galford, Oxfordshire - Exhibition Private View - recital - arias and songs

3 June - Budapest, Artistocrats

11 June - Long Buckby church - choir concert and arias by Mozart and Webber

15 and 16 June - Baroque Theater - Ensemble Marquise

28 June - Richmond Villages, Oxfordshire, Supper Club recital

1 July - Daventry, Daventry Choral Society, Arne: Rule Britannia, Mozart: Laudate Dominum, Dvořak: Rusalka, Orff: In Trutina

2 July - Weston Favell church, Fiori Musicali - Leo: Salve Regina, arias by Mozart and Salieri

7 July - Whilton church, choir concert with arias

8 July - Wolfhampcote church - Mozart: Laudate Dominum and other arias

15 July - Northampton, Christchurch, NMPAT summer concert, Mozart Mass in C-minor - Soprano2

22 July - Vác, Feherek Church - Artistocrats

17 September - Varna Music Festival, Bulgaria - Ensemble Marquise

23 & 24 September - Varašdin Early Music Festival, Croatia, Ensemble Marquise

19 October Divinity College, Oxford - Daystar and other spiritual songs by Richard Leigh - Bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah

20 October Wellingborough, Tithe Barn - Daystar and other.. - Bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah

21 October Brighton, Grand Hotel - Daystar and other.. - Bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah

22 October London, Richmond - Daystar and other.. - Bicentenary of the birth of Baha'u'llah

28 October Flore Art Festival, Ensemble Marquise -The Baroque Journey

30 October Madrid, Theatre …… - Ensemble Marquise

9 December Whilton church - choir concert and songs with harp

10 December Preston Capes church - choir concert and songs with harp

17 December Serbia, Novi Sad, City Hall - Ensemble Marquise - Christmas of the Marquise

18 December Belgrade, Serbia - Hall at the Royal Palace - Ensemble Marquise - Christmas of the Marquise

2016

17 February, Budapest, Benczur House, The secret language of the fans - Marquise Ensemble 
26 February, Wellingborough, Castle Theater, "Handel and the Soprano" - Fiori Musicali 
6 March, Hawkwood College, Emma Kirkby's Lute and song masterclass, Final Concert
19 March, Handel: The Messiah - Rugby, St Andrew's Church, UK - Daventry Choral Society
16 April, Schubert: Mass in G, Tippett: Five spirituals - Daventry Choral Society
20 April, London, Apothecaries Hall - arias by Handel and Mozart
7 May, Flore, UK - virtuoso Handel and Vivaldi arias - Fiori Musicali
8 May, Staunton Harold, UK - virtuoso Handel and Vivaldi arias - Fiori Musicali 
13 May, Galford, UK - Exhibition Opening - Mozart, Handel, Gershwin arias, cantigas

21 May, Preston Capes church, UK - Mozart: Laudate Dominum, Handel: As steals the morn - duet with Allan Clayton
10 June, Brixworth, All Saints' Church - A Baroque Journey - Marquise Ensemble 
11 June, Hinton-St-George, UK - The secret language of the fans - Marquise Ensemble 
18 June, Dunchurch, Bilton Grange School, UK 
2 July, Daventry, Holy Cross Church, UK - Daventry Choral Society
23 July, Vàc, Feherek Temploma, Hungary - Marquise Ensemble 
6 August, Gödöllő, Baroque Theater, Hungary - Marquise Ensemble 
19 August, Varna, Bulgaria

22 October, Shepshed, UK - Mozart: C minor mass - Shepshed Singers

1 November, German YMCA, The Charterhouse, London
19 November, Loughborough, UK - Mozart: Regina Coeli - Octave
16 December, Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, UK - OSJ Proms with John Lubbock

2015

21 September, Slovakia - Ars Antiqua Festival - Marquise Ensemble 
25 September, Brixworth, UK - The secret language of the fans - Marquise Ensemble 
27 October, London, Schubert Society - Marquise Ensemble 
12 December, Handel: The Messiah - Daventry, Holy Cross Church, UK - Daventry Choral Society
17 December, Handel: The Messiah - Loughborough, UK - Octave

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