Since graduating from Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy, bass-baritone Gábor Bretz has appeared regularly at the city’s State Opera, where his roles have included the title roles in Mefistofele, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Banco (Macbeth), Colline (La bohème), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Escamillo (Carmen), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Zaccaria (Nabucco) and Orestes (Elektra). Within the framework of the Budapest Wagner Festival he has also sung Landgrave Hermann (Tannhäuser) under Ádám Fischer at the Palace of Arts.
Other notable appearances include Scarpia (Tosca) at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, a staged version of the Verdi Requiem at the Hamburg State Opera, King Heinrich (Lohengrin) at La Monnaie in Brussels, Fasolt (Das Rheingold) for the Odense Symphony Orchestra’s Ring cycle, the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) at the Oberammergau Passion Theatre, Ferrando (Il trovatore) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Escamillo at the Bavarian State Opera, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the New National Theatre in Tokyo and the Hamburg State Opera, Colline at Covent Garden, Philippe II (Don Carlos) under Renato Palumbo in Hamburg, Jokanaan (Salome) at the 2018 Salzburg Festival and the title role in Don Quichotte at the 2019 Bregenz Festival. He has also sung Bluebeard in performances of Duke Bluebeard’s Castle with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Ádám Fischer, Edward Gardner, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Michele Mariotti and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Other eminent conductors with whom he has appeared include Alain Altinoglu, Philippe Jordan, Kent Nagano, Simon Rattle and Omer Meir Wellber.
Plans for 2019/20 include the four villains in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at La Monnaie, Don Pizarro (Fidelio) at the Theater an der Wien, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle in a double bill with Schoenberg’s Die glückliche Hand at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna and Alvise (La Gioconda) and Gurnemanz in a new production of Parsifal at the Hungarian State Opera. In concert he will perform Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Dresden Staatskapelle, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen in Hannover and Duke Bluebeard’s Castle with the Brussels Philharmonic under Péter Eötvös, before embarking on an international tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle.