|Year of Birth:||1927|
|Year of Death:||2012|
Edith Kertész-Gabry (18 July 1927 – 10 February 2012) was a Hungarian soprano and professor of opera at the Cologne University of Music.
Edith Kertész-Gabry, born Edith Gáncz in Budapest, Hungary, studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, and made her debut in 1951 at the Budapest National Opera. That same year, she married the conductor, István Kertész. After the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Kertész-Gabry left Hungary and moved to Germany with her husband and young son.
Kertész-Gabry received an appointment to the Bremen Opera from where she moved on to Cologne in 1960. On 15 February 1965 she distinguished herself as a dramatic coloratura soprano in the lead role of Marie in the premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's opera, Die Soldaten. Zimmermann's four-act opera commissioned by the Cologne Opera is considered one of the most important and influential operas written in Germany since the second world war." In 1974 she performed this role once again in Zimmermann's shortened concertante version of his opera, the Vokalsinfonie.
Kertész-Gabry gave guest performances at various opera houses and festivals throughout Germany and abroad. During the earliest years of her singing career, she quickly expanded her repertoire to include Konstanze in the Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Mrs. Fluth in Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Baroness in Albert Lortzing's Der Wildschütz, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Eva in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Desdemona in Verdi's Otello, Alice Ford in Verdi's Falstaff, Antonia in Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, and Zerline in Daniel Auber's Fra Diavolo. At the 1967 Salzburg Festival she performed, Silvia in Mozart's, Ascanio in Alba. By then, her repertoire of operas from the 20th century also included, in addition to Marie in Die Soldaten, Cardillac's daughter in Paul Hindemith's Cardillac, and Luise in Hans Werner Henze's Der junge Lord.