Agnes Vojtko mezzo soprano / Elizabeth Loparits, piano

Friday, November 8, 2019
7:30 PM
Cultural Arts CA1075 Beckwith Recital Hall
Event Type
Music Dept.
UNCW Department of Music

About the Artists
Agnes Vojtko
Whether in opera or on the concert stage, Hungarian mezzo-soprano Agnes Vojtko has established herself as a versatile and genuine artist. She completed a bachelor degree in music at the prestigious Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Later, she moved to the United States as a Fulbright fellow to attend the Butler School of Music of the University of Texas at Austin, where she obtained the degree of Doctor in Musical Arts. Her vocal flexibility and magnetic dramatic presence are, therefore, infused with the best from the Austro-Hungarian tradition and her American music training.
     In 2006, Vojtko made her opera debut to critical acclaim with Opera in the Heights’s production of Norma as Adalgisa. The Houston press called her performance “a revelation”. Either “pouring out Adalgisa’s legato remorse or scaling the heights in ‘Mira, O Norma’... she’s a force to be reckoned with.” She has also appeared in Austin Lyric Opera’s Madame Butterfly as Ms. Pinkerton, and in several productions of the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center, which include Menotti’s The Medium (as Mrs. Nolan), Puccini’s Suor Angelica (as La Badessa), the American Premiere of Luis Jaime Cortez’s La Tentación de San Antonio (as Helena), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (as Olga), and Peter Brook’s La Tragédie de Carmen (as Carmen), for which she was nominated for an Austin Critics Table Award. It is because of her “rich voice” (The Austin Chronicle) that Vojtko delves into these roles with natural ease and grace. Meanwhile, her scholarly approach to earlier repertoire shows the span of her vocal versatility. She has sung with the Ars Classica Chamber Opera as Fidalma in Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage, as Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, as Zerlina in Don Giovanni, as well as Proserpina in L’Orfeo with the Budapest Chamber Opera, and as Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea with the Sarah and Ernest Butler Opera Center. Recent highlights of her solo concert activity also include Mahler’s Songs of the Wayfarer, Donald Crockett’s The Cinnamon Peeler, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.
     Vojtko’s talent and trajectory has earned her recognition at some of the most prestigious vocal competitions, including the Nyiregyhazi International Music Competition in Takasaki, Japan; the S. Mercadante International Singing Competition in Italy, the International Händel Competition in Hungary, the Händel Singing Competition in England, the Dallas Opera Guild, and the W. Stenhammar International Vocal Competition in Sweden. Because of her accomplished performance at this last event Vojtko was invited to sing at the gala concert of the Cairo Opera, where the press praised her as “tall, slender, and beautiful, with a captivating mezzo timbre.”

Elizabeth Loparits
Elizabeth Loparits serves as lecturer and collaborative pianist at UNCW, and coach/accompanist for Opera Wilmington. She has performed solo and collaborative recitals in Hungary, Costa Rica and the United States, and spent two summers as a Young Artist coach/accompanist with Opera North in New Hampshire. Top prizes include the Kodály-Bartók Chamber Music Competition and the National Bartók Piano Competition of Hungary, and the North Carolina Symphony/UNCG concerto competition. Loparits holds degrees from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Pécs, Hungary (BM); Illinois State University (MM); and the University of North Carolina Greensboro (DMA). Recent guest appearances include UNCW’s Lumina Festival, New Music Festival, Piano Masterworks Series and Rush Hour Concerts, the UNCG Guest Recital Series, and the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition.


$6 general public, free to students with valid UNCW ID.

Advance tickets may be purchased online or by calling the box office at 910-962-3500 (M-F) 
Any remaining tickets will be available one hour prior to performance at the Cultural Arts  Box Office.
Don't forget! The box office closes 15 minutes after the start of a Department of Music event. 

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Directions to Beckwith Recital Hall:
Look under Arts and select Beckwith Recital Hall, located in the UNCW Cultural Arts Building.


Arrive on time

•   Arrive at the concert venue at least 10 minutes before the posted concert time. If you need to get a ticket at the box office, have your UNCW student ID ready and arrive at least another 5 sooner.

    •   The box office will only be open for ticket sales and distribution to students up until 15 minutes after the performance begins. 

    •   Students arriving 5 minutes after the start time of the event will not be admitted free with their UNCW ID card, and must purchase tickets in order to be admitted. If the box office has closed, students will not be admitted into the venue.

Concert attendance and program stamping

Programs for students registered in Department of Music classes are stamped by the ushers at the end of the performance. 

   •   If you leave before the concert ends, your program will not be stamped.

   •   If ushers should run out of programs, ask them to stamp your ticket stub at the end of the concert. Let your teacher know what happened. 


Use of electronic devices during performances

   •   use of computers, tablets, phones is not allowed during performances. Anyone using an electronic device will be asked to put it away. Noncompliance may result in being asked to leave the event.

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