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Ștefan Pop

Operalia Prize winner Ștefan Pop is one of the tenors in international demand, especially in the Italian repertoire, from bel canto to Verdi and Puccini.

Ștefan Pop's 2023/24 season begins with Don Carlo at the Staatsoper Berlin, where he celebrated his acclaimed role debut in the title role last season. He will also return to Berlin as Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly). At the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Ștefan Pop will be seen as Duca (Rigoletto) as well as Rodolfo (La Bohème). The Bavarian State Opera has invited the much sought-after singer for Macduff (Macbeth). He will appear as Rodolfo at the Tokyo Spring Festival Tokyo as well as in Trondheim. In Dresden he will be heard both at the Semperoper as Don Carlo and with the Philharmoniker in Verdi's Requiem.

Highlights of the last seasons were his role debut as Cavaradossi (Tosca) in London and Rodolfo (La Bohème) in Liège alongside Angela Gheorghiu. Ștefan Pop was also celebrated as Duca (Rigoletto) in Taormina under the baton of Placido Domingo and as Rodolfo at the Vienna State Opera. His Jacopo (I due Foscari) in a new production in Parma has been released on CD and Blu-ray.

Ștefan Pop's repertoire includes the great roles of Verdi such as Alfredo (La traviata), Duca (Rigoletto), Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera), Adorno (Simone Boccanegra), Foresto (Attila), Jacopo (I due Foscari), Macduff (Macbeth) and Ismaele (Nabucco), but also the Bel Canto repertoire such as Pollione (Norma), which he sang at almost all important opera houses in Italy, Gennaro (Lucrezia Borgia), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Nemorino (Elisir d'amore), Roberto Devereux up to Gounod's Faust as well as the Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, which he sang at the Salzburg Festival.

Ștefan Pop sings at the world's major opera houses such as the Berlin State Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the Opéra de Paris, the Hamburg State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Zurich Opera House, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Frankfurt Opera and the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv. In Japan, Ștefan Pop is a regularly celebrated guest.

The tenor has worked with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Daniele Rustioni, Daniele Gatti, Michele Mariotti, Nello Santi and others. A concert tour with Angela Gheorghiu took him to Seoul, Shanghai and Oman Muscat. In 2019 he won the "Oscar della Lirica Young Generation".

Ștefan Pop was born in Bistrita (Romania). He studied and graduated at the "Ghoerghe Dima" Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca and subsequently won the "Hariclea Darclee" and the "International Music Competition Seoul" competitions. Ștefan Pop has been an honorary citizen of his hometown since 2015.