Júlia Várady

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Júlia Tözsér

Birthplace: Nagyvárad (now Oradea, Romania), Hungary
Immediate Family:

Widow of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Occupation: German operatic soprano of Hungarian origin
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About Júlia Várady

Júlia Várady is a German soprano of Hungarian origin born in Nagyvárad, Hungary (today Oradea, Romania), who started out as a mezzo-soprano.

At the age of six she began violin lessons at the music conservatory in Cluj-Napoca and then, aged fourteen, voice training with Emilia Popp. She later studied voice with Arta Florescu in Bucharest.

She made her debut, as a mezzo-soprano, with the Cluj Opera in 1962, singing in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice and as Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte.

In 1970, she joined the Frankfurt-am-Main Opera and thereafter sang mostly in Western Europe. In 1973, she moved from Frankfurt to the Bayerische Staatsoper (the Bavarian State Opera) in Munich and later joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; at the Vienna State Opera; at the Metropolitan Opera in New York; at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan; at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and at the Salzburg, Munich and Edinburgh festivals. In 1978, she created the role of Cordelia at the premiere of Aribert Reimann's opera Lear with the Bayerische Staatsoper.

She was married to the German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau from 1977 until his death in 2012. In 1998, she retired from opera. She is currently a guest professor at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.


Here are most of the roles Julia Varady sang and played in staged opera performances. Roles she sang in the studio (such as the Empress in Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten) or in concert (such as Leonore in Beethoven's Fidelio, and Fidelia in Giacomo Puccini's Edgar) are not included.

  • Judith in Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle
  • Micaela in Bizet's Carmen
  • Konchakovna in Borodin's Prince Igor
  • Alceste in Gluck's Alceste
  • Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice
  • Marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faust
  • Ginevra in Handel's Ariodante
  • Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana
  • Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo
  • Susanna, Cherubino and Contessa in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro
  • Elvira and Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni
  • Fiordiligi in Mozart's Così fan tutte
  • Vitellia in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito
  • Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte
  • Giulietta and Antonia in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann
  • Cio Cio San and Kate Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly
  • Liu in Puccini's Turandot
  • Georgette in Puccini's Il Tabarro
  • Cordelia in Reimann's Lear
  • Angelina in Rossini's La Cenerentola
  • Adela in Rossini's Le Comte Ory
  • Girl in Schönberg's Moses und Aron
  • Saffi in Johann Strauss II's Der Zigeunerbaron
  • Arabella in Richard Strauss' Arabella
  • Composer in R. Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos
  • Tatiana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin
  • Lisa in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades
  • Abigaille and Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco
  • Tebaldo and Elisabeth in Verdi's Don Carlos
  • Desdemona in Verdi's Otello
  • Aida in Verdi's Aida
  • Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore
  • Leonora in Verdi's La forza del destino
  • Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata
  • Amelia in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera
  • Irene in Wagner's Rienzi
  • Senta in Wagner's The Flying Dutchman
  • Eva in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
  • Freia in Wagner's Das Rheingold
  • Siegrune and Sieglinde in Wagner's Die Walküre
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Júlia Várady's Timeline

September 1, 1941
Nagyvárad (now Oradea, Romania), Hungary