Born: June 2, 1937 - Budapest , Hungary
Died: July 25, 2017 - Budapest , Hungary
The Hungarian bass, Endre Ütő, studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest from 1957 to 1964, as a pupil of Andor Lendvai. Following this, he continued his musical studies at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He won two singing competitions (Munich, Reggio Emilia ), and sang along with the beginner Luciano Pavarotti.
From 1963 to 1996, Endre Ütő was the bass soloist of the Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Állami Operaház); and from 1991 to 1995, he also served as General Director of Opera.
As a soloist singer, Endre Ütő has singled out several bass roles in the opera repertoire. During his inauguration as General Director, Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Béla Bartók's opera and the ballet were newly produced at the Hungarian State Opera House, with Imre Makovecz's arrangements. Within that institution, the Young Opera House Association was founded, and during the same period the entire vocal ensemble of the opera received the Bartók Prize. He is associated with the establishment of the Operastudio where young artists are taught for stage playing. He expanded the heiress membership gained by artists such as József Simándy, Júlia Osváth, Takács Paula, László Jámbor and others. In 1991 and at the initiative of László Külkey, the Budapest Opera House Association was rebuilt. He is also founder of the Pro Opera Lirica Foundation, rewarding the work of young artists. Among these prize winners are Zsuzsanna Bazsinka, Erika Miklósa, Katalin Szendrényi, Andrea Ulbrich, László Szvétek, Andrea Meláth .
Awards: Ferenc Liszt Prize (1970); Mihály Székely memorial plaque (1972); Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1993); Kőbánya Celebration (1996); The Middle Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit (2014); Artist of Merit Award (2017).