In the 2023-24 season Hungarian baritone Gyula Orendt is debuting with the Berlin Philharmonics under Kirill Petrenko as Der Auserwählte in Schönberg’s Die Jacobsleiter, Teatro Real Madrid (new production of Weinberg’s Die Passagierin in the male principal role of Tadeusz) and at Palau de les Arts Valencia as Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). He is a regular at London’s Royal Opera House where new productions have included Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), the creation of Sir George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence (Gaveston/Stranger), Handel’s Theodora (Valens), Monteverdi’s title role of Orfeo; and Die Zauberflöte (Papageno, revival).

At Staatsoper Berlin he is member of the ensemble with new productions including Le Nozze di Figaro (Conte), Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo), Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Zurga) all with Daniel Barenboim, Hippolyte et Aricie (Thésée) as well as Charpentier’s Médée (Oronte) both with Sir Simon Rattle, the title role of Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). Since 2011, as member of the Lindenoper’s Opera Studio, Gyula Orendt has performed in the legendary productions of Ruth Berghaus’ Il barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) and August Everding’s Zauberflöte (Papageno).

Engagements elsewhere: Theatre Director and Policeman in a new production of Les Mamelles de Tirésias with Laurent Pelly in 2022 (Opera Award Best New Production 2022) as well as Roberto/Nardo (La finta giardiniera) both for Glyndebourne Festival, Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) also for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Liceu Barcelona, Oper Düsseldorf, Hungarian State Opera, and Glyndebourne Festival with Robin Ticciati, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) also for Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Norwegian National Opera Oslo, Gaveston/Stranger (Lessons in Love and Violence), besides in London also for Dutch National Opera Amsterdam, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Opéra National de Lyon, as well as the Philharmonic halls of Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Essen, etc.

Further cconcert appearances include Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Concerto Budapest, George Benjamin’s Sometime Voices with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra Stockholm as well as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France Paris with Kent Nagano, Handel’s Apollo with the Finish Baroque Orchestra Helsinski, and Lied recitals at Hungarian State Opera and Berlin State Opera. His discography captures Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo under Rene Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi, Lessons in Love and Violence for Nimbus on CD and for Opus Arte on DVD. Available online downloads: Hippolyte et Aricie, Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte. Orendt is a triple prizewinner of the Viñas Competition.

Upcoming company debuts:

  • Berlin Philharmonics: Der Auserwählte in Schönberg’s Die Jacobsleiter, with Kirill Petrenko: January 2024
  • Teatro Real Madrid: Tadeusz in Weinberg’s Die Passagierin, March 2024
  • Palau de les Arts Valencia: Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, June 2024

September 2023

title role

Monteverdi’s l’Orfeo


Così fan tutte




Les Pecheurs de Perles


Barbiere di Siviglia




Le Nozze di Figaro


Cosi fan tutte

Gaveston & Stranger

George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence

Zauberflöte (Papageno), Royal Opera London, December 2022

The Guardian

“THERE ARE STRONG PERFORMANCES, PARTICULARLY FROM GYULA ORENDT’S PAPAGENO (headline) – Gyula Orendt’s Papageno is the heart of this production, turning his journey towards earthly fulfilment with Sarah Dufresne’s Papagena into the most convincing development of character and comedy in the show”

Così fan tutte (Guglielmo) – Royal Opera London, February-March 2019

Opera Today

“Orendt’s Guglielmo rather revelled in the vast comic scale of his arias. It’s not just that the voice is so large, but it’s that it also has such a developed and innate sense of character. The voice can sound mocking one moment – almost like a foil to Thomas Allen’s Don Alfonso – but the next it seems to imitate the orchestra – how some of Orendt’s notes rang out against some of the brass fanfares, as if in a comic duet, was thrilling”