Born in the southern Hungarian town of Kiskunhalas, she spent her youth as an athlete training for the heptathlon. Due to an accident, however, she was forced to switch career paths. Because of her good singing skills she chose to be a singer. At first, she sang at family gatherings, weddings, and formal celebrations. On one such occasion, a singing-master heard her and almost immediately began to teach the 16-year-old Erika. Soon she went on to study music at the Liszt Ferenc Academy Music in Szeged as well as in Milan and New York. She became a soloist at the Hungarian State Opera in 1990. Her signature role is the Queen of the Night (Mozart: The Magic Flute). She sang also at the Royal Opera House in London, at the Staatsoper in Vienna, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and many more famous opera houses.
Awards and commendations
- Pro Opera Lyrica Opera Singer of the Year 1993 (Hungary)
- International Mozart Competition - 1st Prize in Voice category (1993)
- European Award for Culture, Zurich (1995)
- Order of Merit Member Cross (Hungary, 1998)
- Honorary Citizen of Kiskunhalas (1999)
- Artist of Bács County (2003)
- Kossuth Prize (2012)
- The Mozart Album (2006)
- Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 2 - "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" (2007)
- "Official Webpage". Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- "The Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast Center". Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- Hungary greets FIFA delegation: Erika Miklosa sings for Blatter. Fifa.com
- Erika Miklósa’s successful concert at the Hungarian Embassy in London Hungarian embassy on London, News
- Erika Miklosa'a performance in Die Zauberflote reviewed: The Stage Reviews 30Jan2008
- The Magic Flute in Emeryville: SpearHeadnews.com
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