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Open Features: Magda Laszlo

Peter Wintersgill outlines the career of Magda Laszlo who created the role of Cressida in Walton’s Troilus and Cressida.

Born
1919 in Marosvasarkely, Hungary

Adult Life
Magda Laszlo studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, where she sang at Budapest Opera from 1943 – 1946. She then settled in Italy, creating the role of the Mother in Dallapiccola ’s Il Prigioniero in Florence in 1950.

She sang the title roles in Gluck’s Alceste in 1953 and Monteverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea in 1962 at Glyndebourne. She created the role of Cressida in Walton’s Troilus and Cressida at Covent Garden in 1954.

She died in 2002.

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