Mária Temesi is an official ambassador and vocal consultant for The Hungarian State Opera as well as Professor and Head of the Vocal Music Department at Szeged University's Faculty of Music. She is a Franz Liszt awardee and chairperson of the board for the HAZÁM, HAZÁM, TE MINDENEM Artistic and Educational Foundation. Her name is noted in the “Hungarian and International Who is Who”, Berlin “Opernlexikon”, the Munich “Grosses Sängerlexikon”, the London “Who is Who in Music”, and is listed as as one of the best known Hungarian opera singers in the Hungarian encyclopaedia. “For the recognition of the art and deep expressiveness in dramatic soprano roles, especially in the exceptional portrayals of the heroines of Wagner, while singing in oratorios and the song repertoire is first rate and highly successful” from the inscription on the Cross of the Order of Merit received in 2016 from the President of the Republic of Hungary.
In her home town of Szeged, Temesi graduated as a vocal and piano teacher. Then in title role of Bellini’s Norma she performed her final exam at the Hungarian State Opera’s Erkel Theater where she received a honours degree in opera at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. She won two international vocal competitions: 1981 Rio de Janeiro, SBRAC Singing Competition and in 1985 Philadelphia – The Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Competition.
She sang numerous leading roles at the Hungarian State Opera and internationally across Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America as well as many concert halls and opera theaters as regular guest artist: Dresden, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Köln, Zürich, London, Birmingham, Nice, Toulouse, Paris, Lisbon, Madrid, Milano, Parma, Firenze, Zágráb, Bratislava, Prague, Ankara, Istanbul, Athens, Cairo, Montevideo, New York: Donna Anna, Vitellia (Mozart), Desdemona, Elena, Aida, Leonora, Elisabetta, Alice, Amelia (Verdi), Mimí, Manon, Georgetta, Tosca (Puccini), Adriana (Cilea), Santuzza (Mascagni),Tatjána, Lisa (Tchaikovsky), Elsa, Eva, Elisabeth, Ortrud, Ring: Sieglinde, Brünnhilde (Wagner), Kostelnicka (Janáček), Gertrudis királyné (Erkel), Freihild, Chrysothemis, Marianne, Adelaide, and Haushälterin (R. Strauss).
Temesi is the founder and artistic director of The Jószef Simándy International Singing Competition which is Hungary’s largest heritage singing competition and will be held again in 2018. She has discovered countless talented young singers and has become their vocal teacher and mentor. Her students include young singing stars of the Hungarian and international stage (Kátai, Rálik, Bobanj, Kiss, Bakonyi, Molnár, Kálnay, Baracskai).