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Recital at the Romanian Cultural Institute, London

Many thanks to the Romanian Cultural Institute in London for inviting me, it was a special evening! Photos from the event on April 21, by Alex Coman, here.

In conversation at the Romanian Cultural Institute, April 21

The Romanian Cultural Institute in London ground-breaking partnership with The Royal Opera House continues with an event dedicated to Romanian tenor Teodor Illincăi who stars as Pinkerton at the Covent Garden’s delightful “Madama Butterfly”. The evening, chaired by The Royal Opera’s Head Staff Director Amy Lane, features a conversation between the famed tenor and conductor Paul Wynne Griffiths about his beginnings, his career so far and how to make Pinkerton a memorable role. Teodor Ilincăi will perform extracts from “Madama Butterfly” with baritone Gyula Nagy, a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists programme.
 
The event will take place at the Romanian Cultural Institute (1 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PH, United Kingdom) on April 21, 19:00 - 21:30.
 
 

Madama Butterfly in London

Teodor Ilincai will be PInkerton in five performances of Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House between April 13 - 25. He will perform alongside Ana María Martínez (Cio Cio San), Scott Hendricks (Sharpless), Carlo Bosi (Goro) and Elizabeth DeShong (Suzuki).
 
Giacomo Puccini was entranced by David Belasco’s play Madame Butterfly (based on a popular short story by John Luther Long) when he saw it in London in 1900. He harnessed the talents of librettists Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa (with whom Puccini had created La bohème and Tosca) to adapt Cio-Cio-San’s tragic tale for the operatic stage. Although the premiere at La Scala, Milan, in 1904 was poorly received, that same year Puccini revised and restaged the opera for performances in Brescia, to great acclaim. Madama Butterfly quickly became a hugely popular opera with performers and audiences alike, and remains one of Puccini’s most performed works.
 

Tosca in Sydney

Great Tosca opening at Sydney Opera House! Congratulations to everyone!

Tosca opens in Sydney on February 17

Tosca is a war drama that draws you in from the first notes and holds you fast, as a gripping story of love, lust and betrayal that unfolds at breakneck pace.
 
John Bell's intense production relocates the opera to Nazi-occupied Rome, seeking to recapture the shock Puccini's original audience might have felt seeing a war they remembered, depicted on stage. Bell doesn't want you to watch a tragedy of fiction.
"This is a true story: it has happened many, many times over throughout history, it happened during the world wars, it's happening now, somewhere in the world," he explains. "A tyrannical regime, resistance fighters hunted down, women forced to give sexual favours in order to protect a loved one — these things are still happening, and always have been, during war."
It's a reality we all recognise, that we see on the news: the everyday banality of evil.
 
The sets are truly awe-inspiring, from the perfect recreation of a Roman basilica, to the cold impassive power of Scarpia's fascist headquarters.
 
In Tosca, some of the most powerful music in opera must be sung by three powerhouse performers, and here, glorious voices led by Spanish soprano Ainhoa Arteta, Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincai, Italian baritone Lucio Gallo, and conducted by Christian Badea, will make you fall under Tosca's spell.
 
 

La Boheme at National Opera Bucharest, January 27

Back to the National Opera Bucharest with La Boheme on January 27. It is a special event bringing together dear colleagues, Anita Hartig (Mimi), Adriana Marcu (Musetta), Adrian Marcan (Marcello), Sándor Csaba (Schaunard), Marius Bolos (Colline) and Mihnea Lamatic (Benoît). Tiberiu Soare is conducting the orchestra of the National Opera Bucharest.
 
 

Corneliu Fanateanu scholarship

I would like to thank to the Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation for the trust in my involvment in the "Young Talents" program. At the same time, it is a honour and joy to award the first "Corneiu Fanateanu" scholarhip to soprano Diana Alexe. Maestro Corneliu Fanateanu, my mentore, was a valuable artist and an outstanding teacher whom I deeply respect and appreciate.

 

Gala concert in Moscow, November 17

Honoured to take part in the "Hibla Gerzmava invites" opera gala at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre on November 17. 
Felix Korobov conducts the Orchestra of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre.
 
More info on the website of the theatre.
 

 

Tosca, opening the new season at Staatsoper Berlin, September 18

Teodor Ilincai will join a great cast, with Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca and Michael Volle as Scarpia, to open the new 2016/2017 opera season at the Berlin State Opera. The performance will take place on September 18 at 7:30pm. Domingo Hindoyan is conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin. The event is twice as special, this is Teodor Ilincai's first appearance in an opera production alongside Angela Gheorghiu, after many concerts performed together during the past five years.

More info on the production and tickets, on the website of the opera house.

 

Faust in Toulouse, opening on June 22

Teodor Ilincai will be Faust in a new production opening at Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse on June 22. Joining him on stage, Romanian soprano Anita Hartig and bass-baritone Alex Esposito. Claus Peter Flor conducts Orchestre national du Capitole.

More info on cast, performances and tickets, on the official website of the opera house.

Royal concert in Sinaia, live broadcast, May 10

The Royal concert that will take place at the Peles Castle in Sinaia, Romania, will be broadcast live by TVR 1 and Radio Romania Muzical starting 6:30pm local time. Live streaming available online on TVR Plus and Radio Romania Muzical.

Madama Butterfly, Royal Opera House, April 2017

The 2016/2017 season of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden has been announced! I'm excited and honored to be back in London in April 2017 as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly alongside Ana María Martínez, Marcelo Puente, Scott Hendricks, Carlo Bosi, Elizabeth DeShong, Jeremy White, Emily Edmonds, Gyula Nagy and Yuriy Yurchuk. Renato Balsadonna will conduct.
More information about the production, here

The Order Romanian Crown - Knight Rank

Today I was conferred by Custodian of Romanian Crown Her Highness Princess Margareta The Order Romanian Crown - Knight Rank, by the decision of His Majesty King Mihai I of Romania. I received this distinction with joy and emotions, being aware of responsibility to continue my activity with even more endeavor to promote the values of Romanian culture and society.

Photo: Daniel Angelescu, ©Casa Majestatii Sale Regelui

 

Great opening night of Madama Butterfly in Marseille

"Chez les hommes, Pinkerton est incarné par Teodor Ilincai ; plus pleutre qu’arrogant dans le jeu il reste dans un champ assez neutre au niveau des émotions ce qui fait qu’on a vraiment envie de le haïr. La voix est puissante, limpide et passe sans problème avec une belle projection. "
(
Michel EGEA, Destimed, March 17)

 

Concert in Sinaia, May 10

Teodor Ilincai is honored to take part in this Gala Concert on May 10 in Sinaia, Romania. The Royal family of Romania will organize this event at the Peles Castle, starting 6pm, celebrating the King's Day. The concert will start at 7pm. The acces is free for everyone willing to attend.

Cavalleria rusticana, role debut in Dresden, January 16

Teodor Ilincai makes his debut as Turiddu in Cavalleria rusticana by Pietro Mascagni at the Semperoper Dresden on January 16. Santuza is Sonia Ganassi, Lucia is Tichina Vaughn, Alfio is Sergey Murzaev, Lola is Christina Bock. Stefano Ranzani conducts the orchestra of the Semperoper Dresden.
Four more performances will follow the premiere, on January 19, 22 and on February 3 and 6.

 

Two classic verismo operas transport us to rural landscapes. In »Cavalleria rusticana« a soldier returns home to discover that his fiancée is already married. By nonetheless embarking on a love affair with her, he ends up signing his own death warrant. The story of »Pagliacci« also features a jealous murder – here in the ambiguous milieu of a Commedia-dell’arte group. Together these two works will provide a turbulent and emotional evening’s entertainment.
 

 

Upcoming events

 
April 13, 17, 20, 22, 25
Royal Opera House
Madama Butterfly
 
June 8, 11, 14, 17
Opera Marseille
Don Carlo