Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's sparkling production of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia returns to the Royal Opera House with Rory Macdonald conducting. The Hungarian baritone, Levente Molnár stars as Figaro and Aleksandra Kurzak as Rosina with, as Almaviva, John Osborn and Luciano Botelho.
Baritone Levente Molnár, born in 1983 in Transylvania (Romania), took up his vocal studies with Melinda Mihály at the early age of 14. In 2001 he was accepted at the Music University of Oradea (Romania) in Marian Boboia's class. His career enetered a new phase in 2003 when he became a member of the Studio of the Hungarian State Opera and studied with Júlia Pászthy, Adrienne Csengery, Anikó Katona, Ionel Pantea, Géza Oberfrank, and Ferenc Nagy.
On 27 January 2006 he made his debut in the title role Don Giovanni, at the Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest, in a gala performance to celebrate Mozart's 250th anniversary. He has also sung this role abroad. His repertoire of roles comprises Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Belcore (L'elisir d'amore), Silvio (I pagliacci), Biberach in Ferenc Erkel's Bánk bán and the title role in Evgeny Onegin.
In 2007, Levente Molnár was among the finalists at the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and a participant a year later in the Young Singers Project in Salzburg. In the autumn of 2008 he made a highly successful début at the Royal Opera House in London as Masetto (Don Giovanni). He joined the ensemble of the Bavarian Staatsoper in 2009 and debuted as Ford (Falstaff). Levente continues to expand his repertoire with such roles as Besenbinder (Hänsel und Gretel), Le geôlier (Dialogues des Carmélites), Marcello (La bohème) and Heerrufer (Lohengrin).
This spring Levente Molnár returns to Budapest to sing Evgeny Onegin and Malatesta.