Eugene Brancoveanu, Baritone, Beethoven 9th
Eugene Brancoveanu is a widely acclaimed baritone who held a prestigious appointment as an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera for two seasons, directly following his critically acclaimed summer 2004 performances of Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia with the S.F. Opera’s Merola Program, where he also 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.
Mr. Brancoveanu’s artistry has been recognized by notable awards. For originating the role of Marcello in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Bohème, he was awarded an honorary Tony Award and also the 2004 LA Stage Alliance’s Ovation Award for his performance in the Los Angeles production. A graduate of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz and the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, he recently won the National Young Opera Singer Competition in Leipzig, the International Music Award in Loenberg, and the International Opera contest “Ferruccio Tagliavini.”
He was featured in the broadcast of Michael-Tilson Thomas’s The Tomashevskys, seen nationally on PBS stations. Recent engagements include the role of Leporello in Don Giovanni at San Jose Opera; Lancelot in Camelot with Virginia Opera. Non-opera performances include “Songs of a Wayfarer” in a return to Peninsula Symphony Orchestra; soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Marin Symphony and in Mozart’s Requiem with Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra. He also directed La Bohème and sang the role of Marcello for Livermore Valley Opera.
European appearances include 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.