Internationally acclaimed baritone Marian Pop has built his career through his versatile repertoire, persuasive characterisation and impressive vocal production. One of Marian’s staple roles has been his charismatic Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which he performed over 200 times and won him critical acclaim in opera houses around the world, from the Leipzig Opera to Palma de Mallorca and Santiago de Chile to Arizona.
Marian’s career began at Vienna’s two opera houses: the Staatsoper and Volksoper, where he performed roles such as Malatesta Don Pasquale, Valentin Faust, Falke Die Fledermaus, Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos.
Following these early successes, he was invited to make further guest appearances in numerous international opera houses such as New Israeli Opera in Tel-Aviv, Santiago de Chile, Opera Bastille in Paris, Theatre Capitol in Toulouse, The Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad, Leipzig Opera, as well as the Stuttgart State Opera, Theatre Basel, Enschede, Klagenfurt and Bucharest, where he appeared regularly. His roles in these houses included the title role in Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Belcore L’Elisir d’amore, Dandini La Cenerentola, Taddeo L’italiana in Algeri, Falke and Eisenstein Die Fledermaus, Malatesta Don Pasquale, Ulisse Il ritorno di Ulisse a patria, Valentin Faust, Beckmesser Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg, Melot Tristan und Isolde and Posa Don Carlo.
His career continued to develop in the United States, where he performed Dandini La Cenerentola for Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Opera Miami, Marco Gianni Schicchi and Mercutio Romeo et Juliette for the Philadelphia Opera and Silvio Pagliacci in Portland. His rave reviews of Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro led to further invitations to perform the role in Baltimore, Orlando and Arizona. Marian continued to perform his staple role, Figaro Il Barbiere di Siviglia as well as Marcello La Boheme, Mr Gobineau The Medium for Michigan Opera. It was also at Michigan Opera that he performed the world premiere of the title role in David di Chiera’s Cyrano, which won him further international acclaim. Recently he reprised the role in Detroit and Charlotte.
In recent years Marian was a permanent member of the Kassel State Theatre, where he continued to expand his repertoire, to roles such as Scarpia Tosca, Franck-Fritz Die tote Stadt, Peter Hänsel und Gretel, Faninal Der Rosenkavalier as well as the title roles in Rigoletto and Eugen Onegin. His successes in these roles have been recorded in numerous reviews, though perhaps most noteworthy in receiving the audience prize for ‘most popular singer’.
Equally at home on the concert platform, Marian performed numerous oratorios and chamber music, among which Carmina Burana, Faure’s Requiem, Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Brahms’ German Requiem. He also performed Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt.
Marian trained at the ‘Gheorghe Dima’ Music Academy in his native Cluj, Romania – initially as a violinist and then completing his vocal studies. An eclectic artist, his love of opera compelled him to continue his studies alongside his performing career, gaining a degree as a stage director and also his PhD at the same institution. As a director, he staged Der Zigeunerbaron and Gianni Schicchi at the Brasov Opera House in Romania, whilst also performing the title role of the latter.
In 2016 Marian also gained his PhD, where his research, ‘Text declamation in romantic, modern and contemporary opera’ used case studies of his own repertoire to explore the way in which diction impacts characterisation. His research stemmed from his own practice as a performer, as his own enunciation of text was regularly praised in reviews: “Boasting vocal fluidity and purity of tone, his was the most impressive voice of the evening. The baritone's attention to detail and refined diction were particularly noticeable in the recitatives, which he delivered with noble grandeur” (Count Almaviva at the Lyric Opera, Oregon, by Raisa Massuda for Bachtrack).
Marian’s latest performances include Scarpia Tosca in Braunschweig as well as his debut as Barnaba in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda at the Tyrolean State Theatre in Innsbruck. His future plans include continuing his performing career alongside more directing projects as well as passing on his knowledge through teaching and Masterclasses.
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