Obituary: Hungarian Baritone Sándor Sólyom-Nagy Dies at 79

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Csudai Sándor-Origo)

Famed Hungarian baritone Sándor Sólyom-Nagy has died at the age of 79.

Sólyom-Nagy graduated from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest in 1966. He became a member of the ensemble of the Hungarian State Opera, and quickly became one of the leading baritones. Sólyom-Nagy also performed on the stages of the Wiener Staatsoper and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

He most notably performed roles in many of Verdi and Mozart’s operas, including the title roles in “Falstaff” and “Rigoletto,” as well as the role of Papageno in “Die Zauberflöte,” among others.

The baritone also performed in 238 presentations of different Wagner operas at the Bayreuther Festspiele, most notably in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” and “Tannhäuser.”

Here is Sólyom-Nagy in his signature role in Verdi’s “Rigoletto.”