Hungarian mezzo-soprano Ildikó Komlósi studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest and took part in the specialising courses of the Teatro alla Scala and Guildhall School of Music in London. She was winner of the Pavarotti International Competition in 1986 and made her debut in Verdi's Messa da Requiem opposite Luciano Pavarotti.
She performed in Aida at the opening of the La Scala Season in 2006, and she has been invited every year for the past five in the Arena di Verona. In 2009 she sang Santuzza at the Metropolitan Opera and followed this in 2012 with Die Frau ohne Schatten. In 2016 she received the highest honour, the Kossuth Prize from the Hungarian government. She continues to sing around the world at festivals and theatres including the Hungarian State Opera House, Verbier Festival, at the BBC Proms in London, and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the US.
She has recently performed Die Frau ohne Schatten (Die Amme) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Parsifal (Kundry) at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Duke Bluebard’s Castle at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan under the baton of Alain Gilbert and opening the 2015/16 season, and Il trovatore (Azucena) at the Mihailovsky Theater in St Petersburg. She was Aida (Amneris) in the opening performance at Arena di Verona, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle in Boston, Der Zwerg at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples and Trompe-la-mort at the Opera National de Paris in Paris.