Romanian baritone Marian Pop’s illustrious international career has earned him rave reviews in signature roles including the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Ping in Turandot and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, among others. Future engagements in the U.S. include Figaro at the Arizona Opera, Silvio in I Pagliacci at the Portland Opera, Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette at Opera Company of Philadelphia, Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte at Opera Carolina, Marcello in La Bohème at Michigan Opera Theatre, the title role in DiChiera’s Cyrano at the Florida Grand Opera, as well as Figaro at Leipzig Opera, among other engagements abroad.
Mr. Pop made his U.S. debut as Malatesta with the Portland Opera, and now performs regularly in the States with recent engagements as the title role of David DiChiera’s Cyrano at the world premiere at Michigan Opera Theatre, and in subsequent performances at Opera Company of Philadelphia; Ping with Cincinnati Opera; Figaro and Marcello with Michigan Opera Theatre; Figaro at the Portland Opera; Dandini at the Florida Grand Opera; and the Black Cat and the Grandfather Clock in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in a return to Opera Company of Philadelphia.
In most recent seasons, he joined Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Figaro and the Count; Palma de Mallorca Festival in Italy as Figaro; Theater Basel for his first performances of Di Posa in Don Carlo as well as Valentin in Faust, Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, and Prokofiev’s Pantalone in The Love for Three Oranges. A frequent guest at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, his roles with the company have included performances of Figaro, Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Ulisse in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria. With the Vienna Staatsoper and Volksoper, he has sung a variety of roles including Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Homonay in Zigeunerbaron, Dandini, Valentin, Ping and Dr. Falke.
Other noted international engagements include Carmina Burana with the St. Petersburg Philharmonia; Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem and Marcello in La Bohème with the Teatro Municipal in Chile; Malatesta with New Israeli Opera; Figaro, the Count and Dandini in Klagenfurt; Figaro and Dr. Falke with Enschede Opera in Holland; Falke in St. Gallen; Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore in Klosterneuburg; Figaro at Munich’s Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz; and Marullo in Rigoletto at the Opera Bastille.
In Romania, Mr. Pop has appeared as the title role in Don Giovanni, Count di Luna in Il Trovatore in Constanta, Der König in Die Kluge, Procolo in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma, as well as Marcello and Dandini. His Romanian oratorio credits include Carmina Burana and the Fauré Requiem.
His concert performances have also included Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in Bucharest and an aria evening in Bayreuth, Germany. Mr. Pop also participated in a tour of La Cenerentola and Viva la Mamma to Austria, Germany; the Netherlands; and Great Britain with the Musical Theatre of Brasou.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Così fan tutte (2010–2011)