Several performers stood-out... Lilla Heinrich Szász as Lucinde, who showed as she had several weeks before at a Juilliard concert under Christie’s direction that she has real affinity for 18th century French music.
— DeCaffarrelli, Parterre Box

biography

 

 Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro - Opera on the Avalon, Canada

 Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro - Opera on the Avalon, Canada

Transylvanian-American soprano Lilla Heinrich Szász has won critical acclaim for her “appealing sound, agile coloratura and oversize wit” (The New York Times) is an exquisite multi-genre musician with a captivating vocal color and elegant, natural phrasing. Her technique and vocal style allow her to easily navigate through the repertoires of the Renaissance through modern periods.

Last season Ms. Heinrich Szász joined Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as a Gerdine Young Artist performing the roles of Ella Burling in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, Georgette in La Rondine, and covered Costanza in Riccardo Primo. In the 2013/14 season, she sang Noémie in Cendrillon with Juilliard Opera under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume, and returned to the Chautauqua Music Festival as Sophie in Werther conducted by Milos Repický.

In previous seasons she has appeared as Zerlina in Don Giovanni at Chautauqua, Lucinde in Gluck’s Armide in a Metropolitan Opera and Juilliard co-production, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera on the Avalon, and as Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief – all with Juilliard Opera. Additionally, she has covered Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore (Chautauqua), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Zhou in the U.S. Premier of Kommilitonen, and Drusilla in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Juilliard).

As a concert soloist, Ms. Heinrich Szász continues her relationship with the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, where she has been performing concerts since 2010. Previous engagements include her internationally reviewed performance in Rameau’s Les Fêtes d’Hébé conducted by William Christie (Alice Tully Hall), and her Carnegie Hall debut performance with the Marilyn Horne Foundation’s The Song Continues. She has appeared in concert with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Nadler, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Lincoln Center's Wednesday @ 1 Series (Alice Tully Hall), NYC FOCUS! Festival conducted by Joel Sachs (Alice Tully Hall), the New York Chamber Virtuosi conducted by Reuben Blundell (Merkin Concert Hall), the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, and at Liederabends directed by Margo Garrett, Milos Repický, Vlad Iftinca and Brian Zeger.

Lilla Heinrich Szász is the recipient of numerous competition prizes, scholarships and grants, including: winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition (Eastern Region), the Giulio Gari Foundation International Voice Competition, the Sally and Tony Amato Opera Competition, the American Prize Competitions, Lucrezia Bori Foundation Scholarship, Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship, SAI Competition in Chautauqua, Anna Sosenko Grant, Tatiana Troyanos Merit Scholarship, National Society for Arts and Letters Competitions, Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship Competition, Académie France d'Eté de Nice Scholarship, International Vocal Arts Institute Scholarship, NJTA, MTNA and has received an honor of Recognition of Excellence from the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she earned both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with honors. In her final year at Juilliard she won the Juilliard Honors Recital Competition with which she gave her New York City solo debut recital with acclaimed pianist and producer, Lachlan Glen.


Honors & Awards 

Winner, Joy in Singing Competition | 2015

Winner, Juilliard Vocal Honors Recital Competition | 2013

Grant Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Eastern District) | 2013

Grant Winner, Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant | 2013

First Prize, The American Prize Opera Competition | 2013

Third Prize, The American Prize Art Song Competition | 2013

Grant Winner, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans | 2011 - 2013

Winner, SAI Competition in Voice, Chautauqua | 2012

Recipient, The Juilliard Merit Scholarships | 2007 - 2011

First Prize, The National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition | 2011

First Prize, The National Society for Arts and Letters Vocal Competition | 2010

Grant Winner, Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition | 2010

Winner, Amato Opera Competition | 2010

Grant Winner, Lucrezia Bori Foundation Scholarship, Rome, Italy | 2010

Recipient, International Vocal Arts Institute Merit Scholarship, Tel Aviv, Israel  | 2010

Recipient, Songfest Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship, Malibu, CA | 2009

Grant Winner, Bev Sellers Memorial Scholarship Vocal Competition | 2009

Recipient, Académie France d'Eté de Nice Merit Scholarship  | 2008

Recipient, University of Miami's Frost School Music Merit Scholarship in Salzburg, Austria  | 2007

Recipient, Tri-M Music Honor Society Recognition of Excellence | 2007 - Current

First Prize, NJ Teachers Association Young Musicians Voice Competition | 2005

First Prize, Music Teachers National Association Performance State Competition | 2006

Fourth Place (out of 1500 competitors),  NJ All State Chorus in Choral Performance | 2005

First Place (out of 1500 competitors), NJ All State Chorus in Solo Performance | 2005


reviews

“An opera recital in the World Chess Hall of Fame? That happened. And it was brilliant. The performances of Lilla Heinrich Szász and Joshua Wheeker on Wednesday evening were a fantastic glimpse of what the two young singers, both part of the highly competitive Gerdine Young Artists Program, are bringing to Opera Theater Saint Louis’ May-June six-week season…Szász’s clear, Julliard-trained voice rang through WCHOF’s second floor. It was sharp, dynamic and articulate, never imposing or more than it needed to be.”
- Krystin Arneson, Alive Magazine St. Louis, Dec. 2014
“Business Insider attended a recent Daybreaker event to see what the hype is all about…put on a great performance, as did opera singer Lilla Heinrich.”
- Melia Robinson, Business Insider, June 2014
“As her obedient daughters...and Lilla Heinrich Szász pounced gamely onto their small roles while gleefully scarfing down some delectable-looking French pastries. (Cendrillon)”
- Christopher Corwin, Parterre Box, April 2014
“The glamorous Hungarian-American Lilla Heinrich-Szasz, partnered by the competition-winning pianist Lachlan Glen...delighted the audience with her unfussy and winning delivery; her connection with the material and with the audience was remarkable, especially in the humorous "Lauf der Welt"....Four songs by Debussy revealed the fine vibrato of her upper register; our ears thrilled to the pingy resonance. Still, our heart was taken most by the Spanish songs of her final set....Four songs by Debussy revealed the fine vibrato of her upper register; our ears thrilled to the pingy resonance. Still, our heart was taken most by the Spanish songs of her final set. We had never before heard José Serrano's "Marinela" from La Canción del Olvido but we hope to hear it many more times in the future. On the other hand we have heard Fernando Obradors "Del cabello más sutil" more times than we can recall but never with a more haunting feeling of yearning.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, March 2013
“The evening ended on a high note with a delightful performance of ‘Der Hirt auf dem Felsen’, one of our personal favorites. Soprano Lilla Heinrich-Szász performed the strenuous yodel-like vocal line with consistency of tone throughout the register, opening to a beautiful top.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, Feb. 2013
“Lilla Heinrich, a soprano, played their teacher with an appealing sound, agile coloratura, and oversize wit.”
- Steve Smith, The New York Times, April 2010

“But the shining star of the night is the soprano role Helena, performed by Lilla Heinrich Szász. The sweetness and smoothness of her voice, emissioned most sincerely with the perfect kind of emotion demanded by the situation, simply enchants the audience and captures them right away at the first sight...”

- Ling Jiane, NYU, Dec. 2010

 

“The entire ensemble cast proved to be of the highest standard...a nice turn from Lilla Heinrich Szász as millworker Ella, who offered a limpid, pure vocal characterization.”

- James Sohre, Opera Today, June, 2015

“Soprano Lilla Heinrich Szász has impressed us since her days at Juilliard, eventually winning their 2013 Honor's Recital among many other honors, all richly deserved. She has a lively winning onstage personality and a glorious ringing instrument that she easily bends to her will...The two artists drew us in totally with Ms. Szász seemingly losing herself in the throes of religious ecstasy and Mr. Glen creating quite a storm in the piano.” 
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, Oct. 2015
“It was a triumph of casting, staging and performance last night as Juilliard Opera presented Jules Massenet's 1899 opera Cendrillon...Her daughters Noémie and Dorothée (here performed respectively by the excellent soprano Lilla Heinrich Szász...are neither vicious nor ridiculous, only privileged and controlled by their helicopter mother.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, April 2014
“Soprano Lilla Heinrich-Szász sang Sechs Lieder, Op. 48 of Edvard Grieg accompanied by Dan K. Kurland, a fine partnership if we ever heard one. Many moods were expressed and we especially enjoyed the lighthearted "Lauf der Welt" and "Die verschwiegene Nachtigall" and the always lovely "Ein Traum". Ms. Heinrich-Szász will have the stage to herself Saturday night at 8:30 and we will be there.”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, March 2013
“The beautiful soprano Lilla Heinrich-Szász managed to create on short notice a beautiful recital with the collaborative pianist Lachan Glen... With a bright crystalline sound and melismatic skill, she performed several selections...”
- Meche Kroop, Voce di meche, March 2013
“Ms. Szász… fleshed out the fiendish difficulties of the vocal part. At one point, a particularly piercing, call-an-ambulance-now-caliber scream ignited a brief wave of laughter in the large, warmly responsive audience – a fitting end to an evening that would have had Cage himself smiling.”
- Bruce Hodges, Seen & Heard International, Feb. 2012
“Several performers stood-out... Lilla Heinrich Szász as Lucinde, who showed as she had several weeks before at a Juilliard concert under Christie’s direction that she has real affinity for 18th century French music.”
- DeCaffarrelli, Parterre Box, Feb. 2012
“The night ended with Ms. Heinrich Szasz… ‘Oh, quante volte’. She showed the highest technical skill of singers.”
- Nick Shadow, Jaffa Portal, July 2010

“Lilla Heinrich Szász straddled the middle ground between the other two sopranos and was just right...”

- Stan Metzger, Seen and Heard International, Jan. 2012