As a permanent resident singer of Staatstheater Kassel, Marian Pop performed parts familiar to him including Marcello in La Boheme, Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, as well as new roles such as Scarpia in Tosca and the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto.
Hailed by the Oregonian for “a rich, agile voice and high notes that could nearly part your hair,” baritone Marian Pop’s performances in the 2008-2009 season included Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Count in Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Florida Grand Opera, the Black Cat and the Grandfather Clock in L’enfant et les sortileges in a return to Opera Company of Philadelphia. In coming seasons, he will revisit the title role of David di Chiera’s Cyrano de Bergerac with Baltimore Opera. Mr. Pop created the role of Cyrano de Bergerac in the work’s world premiere at Michigan Opera Theatre and sang subsequent performances with Opera Company of Philadelphia in the 2007-2008 season. Last season, moreover, he returned to Theater Basel for Valentin in Faust and sang Carmina Burana with the St. Petersburg Philharmonia.
In recent seasons, Mr. Pop has joined Theater Basel for his role debut as Posa in Don Carlo as well as performing Lescaut in Manon, Taddeo L’italiana in Algeri, and Prokofiev’s Pantalone in The Love for Three Oranges. A frequent guest at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the baritone's numerous roles with the company have included his signature performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, plus 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, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Valentin in Faust, Ping in Turandot, Graf Homonay in Zigeunerbaron, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.
Among the baritone’s other international engagements were Carmina Burana for his South American debut with the Teatro Municipal in Chile, where he subsequently sang Brahms’ Requiem and Marcello in La Bohème. He has sung Malatesta in Don Pasquale with New Israeli Opera; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and Dandini in La Cenerentola in Klagenfurt; additional performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Enschede Opera in Holland; Falke in Die Fledermaus in St. Gallen; Belcore in L’elisir d’amore in Klosterneuburg; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Munich’s Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz; and Marullo in Rigoletto at the Opera Bastille.
Mr. Pop made his North American debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Portland Opera and has since rejoined the company for Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He has also sung Ping in Turandot with Cincinnati Opera, and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Marcello in La Bohème with Michigan Opera Theatre.
In his native city of Cluj, Romania, Mr. Pop has assumed the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Marcello in La Bohème, Der König in Die Kluge, Procolo in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma, Dandini in La Cenerentola and has appeared in Tom Johnson's The Four-Note Opera. The baritone's oratorio credits in Cluj include Carmina Burana and the Fauré Requiem. Additional Romanian credits include Count di Luna in Il trovatore in Constanta.
Mr. Pop's concert performances have also included Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Bucharest and an "Aria Evening" in Bayreuth, Germany. He also participated in a tour of La Cenerentola and Viva la Mamma with the Musical Theatre of Brasov, which visited Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Great Britain with the Musical Theatre of Brasov.