István Kovácsházi’s career started as a lyric tenor at the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen, Hungary. Following an engagement at the operetta theatre in Budapest, he joined the Hungarian State Opera in 1997. There he has sung a broad repertoire, ranging from Tamino to Rodolfo (“La Bohème”) to Cavaradossi. Today István Kovácsházi is still a regular guest at the State Opera Budapest.
Since 2008, the Hungarian tenor István Kovácsházi has been a member of the ensemble of the National Theatre Mannheim where he gave his highly acclaimed debut as a dramatic tenor, singing Walther von Stolzing in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg”.
Since then he has been singing Parsifal, Bacchus and Loge in Mannheim and has expanded his repertoire with the roles of Lohengrin, Freischütz and Hoffmann in “Les contes d’Hoffmann”.
In March 2008 István Kovácsházi was awarded the Liszt Prize by the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Arts.