Dalma Krajnyak was born in 1987, in Miskolc, Hungary. Dalma turned to music at the age of 17, and in her final year at academic grammar school, she started taking complementary general music and vocal studies in Bela Bartok Secondary school of Music, in Miskolc.
Dalma continued her vocal studies at the Music Department of the University of Szeged on the Bachelor Academic Programme of Performance-Classical Vocal Studies. She graduated with a BA degree in June 2010 with outstanding classification and the professional qualification of Classical Music singer.
In her final year of BA studies, Dalma had already decided to continue her studies abroad and to this end she spent a semester as a granted student of the Erasmus Exchange Programme in Venice, Italy, from October 2009 to March 2010. Here, she studied at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello, under the supervision of Stefano Gibellato, who is the repetitour of the Teatro La Fenice.
At this point, Dalma had already attended masterclasses and had some professional performing experience including the internationally well-known ’Bartok+…’ International Opera Festival in Hungary in 2008 and a recital in the acclaimed Zemplen Festival in Hungary in August of 2010. The latter was a part of a prize that she won when she attended the Crescendo International Summer Institute of Music and Arts in Hungary, and she was chosen to be the most outstanding participant of the Academy in 2009.
In December 2009, after successful auditions, two of London’s prestigious conservatoires offered Dalma a place to study as a postgraduate: the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Both conservatoires offered her a scholarship.
She has just finished her studies and graduated with distinction as a PGAD student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studied with Linda Hirst, Head of Vocal Department. Dalma was the scholar of the Helen Roll Society and also won the prestigious ’Derek Butler Award’ in the academic year of 2011/2012.
In her 2-year studying period as a postgraduate, Dalma performed in several recitals and concerts in London and England. Among others, she sang alto solo in Suffolk (Handel’s Judas Macchabeus), in Warminster (Haydn’s Nelson Mass), St Albans (Rachmaninov’s Vespers with the St Albans Bach Choir).
In the summer of 2011, she was a semi-finalist of the Pietro Antonio Cesti International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera in Innsbruck and she also sang the role of Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo, Trinity Production, in London, conducted by Nicholas Kraemer. “The most interesting voice of the evening was that of Hungarian contralto Dalma Kranyak, characterful Eustazio” Margaret Davies, Opera Magazine.
In December 2011, Dalma sang alto solo in Handel’s Messiah at the National Auditorio of Music in Madrid, conducted by Jonathan Cohen who is one of the most recognized baroque conductor of his generation, working with Les Arts Florissants.
In the summer of 2012, Dalma sang the role of Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas - a co-production of the Zemplen Festival and the Crescendo International Summer Institute, in Hungary.
In 2012, the International Opera School in Bologna - Scuola dell'Opera Italiana - announced an international competition for the roles of their new project, Myslivicek's opera, L'Olimpiade. The production was a co-operation with the Teatro Communale di Bologna, conducted by Oliver von Dohnanyi, directed by Golat Ludek. Dalma has been selected into the project and as one among the successful candidates, she had the chance to take part in a 4-week preparation course, singing and studying the role of Licida.
Dalma – as she finished her studies now – just started auditioning to different companies and projects.
© Dalma Krajnyak