Éva Lax

is a singer, singing teacher, language historian and lecturer at the Italian Department of ELTE.

From 1993 to 2015 she was a teacher at the Weiner Leó Music Secondary School, and since 2015 she has been teaching early music at the Ward Mária Music High School. As both a singer and philologist, he is primarily interested in early music. An important part of his work is the critical edition of all Monteverdi’s letters, published in Florence in 1994, the Hungarian translation of which was published in 1998.

A very youthful and energetic teacher, she gave a very informative and useful practical lecture for the Cantemus Choir on 13-14 December 2022. In the morning and afternoon sessions, she helped the singers, both in groups and individually, to learn correct voice formation, breath production, tone building and pronunciation.

“Singing is very difficult to talk about, so the biggest task for a singing teacher is to be able to articulate what you want to hear in a way that is tangible. There’s a whole host of muscular functions that we can’t directly control, so a lot of times you have to use metaphors and images to illuminate what you’re trying to achieve. So we need to be able to talk about singing. However, it often happens that this is not clear enough for the student – then you have to change, look for another way, see if one of them will find it.”

Éva Lax applied this shift perfectly in her teaching of singing, and not only were her metaphors apt, she also demonstrated it perfectly in practice.
And the vast majority of the singers of the Cantemus Choir hope that there will be a continuation of the teaching.