“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”.
The discovery for me is Csaba Kotlar. Masculine by his figure as well as his cultivated and sounding baryton.
Csaba Kotlár begin his artistic journey in 2014 debutting as Hanezò in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz conducted by Marián Vach in State Opera Banská Bystrica. From that moment, year after year, he debutted in different Opera international Houses. His repertoire ranges betweeen Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Bizet, Puccini, Janáček and others specializing in a baritone cantabile repertoire.
Csaba Kotlár is completely convincing in the role of Don Giovanni. Vocally he is handling his role easily and he is fully capable of accomplishing even the staging’s demands with professionalism.
Olga Janáčková, Časopis Harmonie
On the other hand, if you have Csaba Kotlár available for the title role, you can’t even play Giovanni otherwise. A tall, slender, dark man with muscular, piercing eyes, who you can simply put in narrow jeans and T-shirts, throw a bit historicizing coat over him, adorn with a chain, and women must be in a trance. MeToo won’t do anything about it either, you can complain to Mother Nature or God the Father, according to your beliefs. However, Kotlár also precisely sings the perfect image of Giovanni and, in terms of movement and gestures, makes him a bit of a likable, impudent sovereign.
Josef Herman, divadelninoviny.cz
In Liberec, they have a great baritone for the role of Athanaël. The young Slovak singer Csaba Kotlár excels in it. He has a supportive, balanced and interesting voice in which he can convincingly project strong emotions without forcing it . With his natural charisma, he has an impressive stage presence.
Peter Veber, Klasika plus.cz
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Awards and nominations
Best male performance
Nomination for the best male performance in the opera category in the 2016 season in Czech Republic.
Opera Awards 2017
The critic’s award main prize for the best production at the 13th festival of music theater opera 2017 and the audience award for the best male performance.
In 2019 he was nominated by opera critics for the second time for Thalia Awards for his performance in Francesca da Rimini and Miserly Knight in the double role of Ghost of Virgil and Duke.
Festival of music theater opera 2020
The critics award main prize for the best production at the 14th festival of music theater opera 2020.
Francesca da Rimini
Pavel Unger, Operaslovakia.sk