Atilla Kiss-B.



Atilla Kiss-B. (born in Bánffyhunyad, 1963.) is a Hungarian opera singer (tenor) who is a proud owner of the Kossuth Prize and Liszt Ferenc Prize, recipient of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary Knight’s Cross, member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts presidency, ordinary member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, artist teacher of the Franz Liszt Academy, director of the Budapest Operetta Theatre, life member of the Hungarian State Opera.


He graduated from the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Kolozsvár. His teachers were Ágnes Kriza, Alexandru Fărcaş and Gheorghe Roşu. For two years he studied opera singing under Ionel Panteánál as a scholar of the Conservatoire de musique de ville de Luxembourg. At the Mozart Academy Prague he studied under Eva Blahova, Kerstin Meyer and Ionel Pantea. He took master classes from Luisa Bosabalian and Mariana Nicolesco as well. He gave his debut concert in 1991 at the Kolozsvár Opera.


He mainly sings tenore drammatico roles. Beside his classical repertoire he is committed to introducing contemporary operas both from Hungarian and international origins.In 1992 he sung the lead role in Bánk bán by Ferenc Erkel at the Castle Theatre, Gyula. He first appeared on the stage of the Hungarian State Opera in 1999 where he sung the role of Szvattjaván in Sándor Szokolay’s Szávitri opera.


He already performed at the Liceu Opera Barcelona, Komische Oper Berlin, Bern, Bucharest National Opera, Prague, Warsaw, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Opéra National de Paris, New National Theatre Tokyo, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen, Monte Carlo and Toronto. He also sings oratorios and cantatas. He sings the lead role in the movie Bánk bán directed by Csaba Káel based on Ferenc Erkel’s work. Vilmos Zsigmond was one of the creators who is the proud owner of an Oscar Prize.


Since 2013 he is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts and in 2017 he became a member of the presidency. Between 2012-2014 he was an adjunct of the University of Pécs teaching classical singing, lied and opera singing. Since 2014 he is a professor at the Franz Liszt Academy. From 1st February 2019 he is the director of the Budapest Operetta Theatre. His mandate is for five years.