Obituary: Mezzo Soprano Klara Takacs Passes Away

By Francisco Salazar

Klara Takacs has died at the age of 71.

The Hungarian mezzo-soprano was reported to have passed away on Jan. 21, 2017. Takacs was well regarded throughout her career and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1982 performing the role of Adalgisa in Bellini’s “Norma.” Renata Scotto played the title role. Tacks also sang at the Vienna State Opera, Salzburg Festival and Italy’s Teatro alla Fenice.

Regarded as one of Hungary’s most popular mezzos, Takacs recorded a number of operas with Hungaroton and Capriccio including Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with Lucia Popp and Giacomo Aragall, the world premiere recording of Donizetti’s “Dom Sebastian” with Richard Leech,” Boito’s “Nerone,” Liszt’s “Missa Solemnnis” and Vivaldi’s “L’Olimpiade.” However, her breakthrough recording was Goldmark’s opera “The Queen of Sheba” with Magda Kalmár and Siegfried Jerusalem. She also recorded numerous solo albums of popular French and Italian arias.