Obituary: Soprano Judith Halasz Dies Unexpectedly

By Afton Wooten

Viennese soprano Judith Halasz has died unexpectedly, according to Halasz’s husband, conductor Robert Papocsi.

The soprano was a member of the Vienna State Opera for many years, where she took on roles such as Papagena in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte,” Woglinde in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” and “Götterdämmerung,” Najade in “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Strauss, and more. Halasz performed at festivals and gave concerts in Japan, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Italy, to name a few. She is featured on several opera recordings, including Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia and “Die Zauberflöte” with the Wiener Kammeroper.

After being a part of the Vienna State Opera ensemble from 2001-2003 and 2007-2008, she has been working as a freelance performer.

Halasz was the daughter of the Vienna State Opera’s resident conductor (1991-2011), Michael Halasz. Her legacy lives on with her husband, maestro Papocsi, and their son.