The Romanian Baritone Ionut Pascu began his career at the age of 23 as Don Giovanni at the Constanta Opera. In 2005 he became a soloist at the Bucharest National Opera, where he still performs frequently.
In 2010 he made his debut as Alfio and Tonio at the Israel Opera and has performed there ever since in Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Luisa Miller, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, La Boheme, Nabucco, Il Trovatore, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Forza del Destino and Don Carlo. There he had the chance to work together with some great conductors such as Daniel Oren, Frederic Chaslin, Daniele Callegari and David Stern.
In 2008 he made his italian debut performing Carmina Burana at Maggio Musicale in Firenze under the baton of Christopher Franklin. In 2012 he performed at Teatro Alla Scala, at the closing ceremony of the Project StudiOpera. Since then Pascu made various important debuts in Italy and Austria.
He performed Marcello in La Boheme at the Oper im Steinbruch Festival in St Margarethen as well as at Teatro Verdi di Salerno where he also performed his signature role of Nabucco. At Teatro Verdi di Padova, conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti he performed Rigoletto, followed by Scarpia in Tosca at Teatro Massimo di Palermo, once again under the Baton of Daniel Oren.
Mr Pascu has toured China and Korea with different Operas, including Aida and La Traviata. In 2008 he performed and recorded a CD by and with Gianluigi Gelmetti with the Sydney Symphony. Another highlight was his nomination for the Golden Mask Award, after his outstanding performances as Lindorf/Coppelius/Miracle/Dapertutto in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Opera in Perm under the baton of Theodor Currentzis.
Some recent highlight include performances as Amonasro at Palau de les Arts in Valencia under the baton of Ramon Tebar, Performances as Nabucco, Giorgio Germont, Marcello and Lescaut at Opera Royal de Wallonie in Liege, under the baton of great conductors such as Speranza Scappucci and Paolo Arrivabeni.
Some upcoming engagements include the title role in Nabucco and Simone Boccanegra, as well as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, and Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte in Tel Aviv. Performances as Scarpia in Tosca in Argentina. In September he will make his long awaited debut as Iago in Otello at The Bucharest National Opera.
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