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EUGENE BRANCOVEANU

Eugene Brancoveanu’s robust voice and superior stagecraft have earned him critical acclaim in both North America and Europe. Following recent performances of San Francisco Opera’s The Little Prince, the San Francisco Chronicle lauds the superb cast as being “led by extravagantly gifted baritone Eugene Brancoveanu as the Pilot. With his unforced charisma, vocal clarity, and total heft, Brancoveanu managed the tricky feat of doing most of the show’s heavy lifting…”

In 2008-09 Eugene Brancoveanu returns to San Francisco Opera as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore; sings Karnak in Lalo’s Le Roi d’ys with the American Symphony Orchestra; sings as soloist in Elijah at the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts in California; in Carmina Burana with Peninsula Symphony Orchestra; and, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, continues his performing of Michael Tilson Thomas’ The Tomashevskys: Music and Memories of a Life in the Yiddish Theatre, a work which he premiered in 2005-06 and has reprised with the New World Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. In the 2007-08 season he made his New York City Opera debut as Pandolfe in Cendrillon, sang the role of The Pilot in Portman’s The Little Prince for San Francisco Opera, sang as soloist in Brahms’ Requiem with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Bernstein repertoire.

Eugene Brancoveanu made his debut with San Francisco Opera in 2005-06 as Fra Melitone in La forza del destino. He held a prestigious appointment as an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera for two seasons, directly following his critically acclaimed summer 2005 performances of Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with the company’s Merola Opera Program. With San Francisco Opera he has performed Christian in Un ballo in maschera, Marullo in Rigoletto, Moralès in Carmen, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the Innkeeper and the Captain in Manon Lescaut.

Originating the role of Marcello in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Bohème, the honorary Tony Award winner is also a recipient of a 2004 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for his performances of this production in Los Angeles. Other career highlights include performing the role of Nicomedes in the rarely heard Lou Harrison opera, Young Caesar,for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; a recital as part of the prestigious Schwabacher Debut Recital Series; the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with the International Music Festival in Gut-Immlings, Germany; and the title role in Philip Glass’s Orphée with the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. Mr. Brancoveanu’s numerous performances with the Romanian State Opera include the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, the title role in Don Giovanni, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Escamillo in Carmen, and Uberto in La serva pedrona.

Mr. Brancoveanu is a graduate of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz and the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. Mr. Brancoveanu is also a recent winner of the National Young Opera Singer Competition in Leipzig, the International Music Award in Loenberg, and the International Opera contest “Ferruccio Tagliavini” Deutschlandsberg with Dame Joan Sutherland as Head of Jury.
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