Born in Bratislava in 1985, Csaba Kotlár made his first appearance on stage at the age of nine, when he debuted as the Shepherd Boy in Tosca in a Slovak National Theatre production, starring Peter Dvorský and conducted by Ondrej Lenárd. He studied at the Conservatory of Music and the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava, graduating with the role of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro.
Csaba Kotlár launched his artistic career in 2014, debuting as Hanezo in Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz and Marullo in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the State Opera in Banská Bystrica. He also portrayed operetta roles, including Count Bóni Káncsiánu in The Csárdás Princess and Count Gustav von Pottenstein in Das Land des Lächelns.
In the 2015/16 season, he was a member of the Opera Studio within the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, performing as Acmet in an adaptation of Il re Teodoro in Venezia.
In the autumn of 2016, he made his first guest appearance at the F. X. Šalda Theatre in Liberec as Athanaël in Thaïs, a critically acclaimed production conducted by Martin Doubravský and directed by Linda Keprtová. The role earned him his first nomination for the prestigious Thalia Prize.
From 2017 to April 2020, he was a soloist of the F. X. Šalda Theatre, where he sang the roles of Lionel in The Maid of Orleans, Marcello in La Bohème, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Virgil in Francesca da Rimini and the Duke in The Miserly Knight, Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen and Don Giovanni (directed by Dorotty Szalma).
In 2019, he received his second Thalia Prize nomination, this time for outstanding performances in Francesca da Rimini and The Miserly Knight.
His past and future engagements include guesting with the State Opera in Košice as Masetto in Don Giovanni (conducted by Vinicius Kattah and directed by Juraj Nvota); with the J. K. Tyl Theatre in Plzeň as Escamillo in Carmen and Kyoto in Iris; with the National Theatre and the State Opera in Prague as Farfarello in L’amour des trois oranges (conducted by Christopher Ward and directed by Radim Vizváry), as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly and Marullo in Rigoletto (conducted by Vincenzo Milletari and directed by Barbora Horáková Joly).
In the forthcoming season, Csaba Kotlár is scheduled to make his debut at the South Bohemia Theatre in České Budejovice as Eugene Onegin, in a production conducted by Mario De Rose and directed by Lubor Cukr.
Csaba Kotlár has worked with many renowned conductors, including Riccardo Mutti, Bertrand de Billy, Philippe Jordan, Thomas Hengelbrock, Christoph Eschenbach, Gustav Kuhn, Paolo Carignani, Maurizio Benini and Philippe Herreweghe.