The Hungarian soprano, Magda Kalmár, studied at the Béla Bartók College of Music in Budapest, initially piano playing, then singing. She announced herself as chorister at the Budapest National Opera, however immediately she became a soloist of the ensemble. Since 1969 she was regular member of the house, at which she went through a very successful career. In 1972 she received the First Prize at the UNESCO Competition in Bratislava.
Magda Kalmár appeared as a guest at the Staatsoper of Berlin, at the Moscows Bolshoi Theatre, at the National Operas of Sofia and Prague, in Graz and Lausanne. She was particularly brilliant in roles from the coloratura range, such as Blondchen in Entführung aus dem Serail, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Despina in Così fan tutte, Pagen Oscar in Verdis Ballo in mashera and Adele in Fledermaus. In 1985 she sang in Budapest in the premiere of the opera Csongor und Tünde by Attila Bozay, in 1987 in Ecce homo by Sandór Szokolay.
Magda Kalmár had a great career also as concert and oratorio singer. She was particularly esteemed as Brook and George Frideric Handel interpreter.
Recordings: Hungaroton Königin von Saba by Goldmark, Medea by Cherubini, Mosè in Egitto by Rossini, Ecce homo by Szokolay, Belfagor by O. Respighi, Ester by Dittersdorf, Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, L'Infedeltà delusa and Der Apotheker by J. Haydn, Don Pasquale, Gianni Schicchi by Puccini, Hunyadi László by F. Erkel; a recording of G.F. Handels cantatas appeared already in 1975