Romanian baritone Marian Pop’s eminent career has earned him rave reviews. Opera News said, “Marian Pop’s Dandini [La Cenerentola] was marked by lively physicality and broad humor; Pop also roared the most attractive tones when the opportunity arose.” He is most well known for creating the title role of David DiChiera’s/Bernard Uzan’s new opera Cyrano which premiered at the Michigan Opera Theatre with subsequent performances at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and most recently Florida Grand Opera.
In the current season and beyond, engagements in the U.S. include Mr. Gobineau in The Medium/baritone soloist in Carmina Burana at Michigan Opera Theatre and Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera Baltimore, Arizona Opera, and the Orlando Philharmonic, among other currently unannounced appearances.
Mr. Pop first made his U.S. debut as Malatesta in Don Pasquale with the Portland Opera, and now performs regularly in the States with most recent engagements as Silvio in I Pagliacci and Carmina Burana at the Portland Opera; Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette at Opera Company of Philadelphia; Marcello in La Bohème at Michigan Opera Theatre; Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte at Opera Carolina; Ping in Turandot with Cincinnati Opera; Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Marcello in La Boheme with Michigan Opera Theatre; Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Portland Opera and Arizona Opera; Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Florida Grand Opera; and the Black Cat and the Grandfather Clock in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges in a return to Opera Company of Philadelphia.
Internationally, Mr. Pop most recently joined Teatro Municipal de Santiago as Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro; Leipzig Opera and Palma de Mallorca Festival in Italy as Figaro; and Theater Basel for his first performances of Di Posa in Don Carlo, as well as Valentin in Faust, Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon, Taddeo in L’Italiana in Algeri, and Pantalone in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges. A frequent guest at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, his roles with the company have included Figaro, 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, Homonay in Zigeunerbaron, Dandini, Valentin, Ping and Dr. Falke.
Other noted international engagements include Carmina Burana with the St. Petersburg Philharmonia; Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem and Marcello in La Bohème with the Teatro Municipal in Chile; Malatesta with New Israeli Opera; Figaro, the Count and Dandini in Klagenfurt; Figaro and Dr. Falke with Enschede Opera in Holland; Falke in St. Gallen; Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore in Klosterneuburg; Figaro at Munich’s Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz; Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in Bucharest; and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus and Marullo in Rigoletto at the Opera Bastille.