Eva Batori made her U.S. opera debut at Seattle Opera in the title role of Puccini’s Tosca in 2001 and returned in 2004 in the title role of Puccini’s Fanciulla del West. Born in Hungary, she has appeared at Hungarian State Opera in several roles, including Susanna in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, Adina in Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore, and Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. From 1992 to 1995, Batori was a resident artist at Oper Leipzig; the following five years she sang with Cologne Opera. Her many roles with these companies include the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Mimì in Puccini’s Bohème, and the Princess in Busoni’s Doktor Faust. (The Mozart operas were televised and later released on video.) Batori has also performed at Vienna Staatsoper, Frankfurt Opera, and the Bregenz Festival, among others, and has toured China and Japan with Vienna Staatsoper. Other roles for this soprano include Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello and Liù in Puccini’s Turandot. She returns to Seattle Opera in 2008 as Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci.