Corneliu Murgu, the great tenor and former director of the Timisoara Opera, died on April 27. He was hospitalized at the County Clinical Hospital in Timişoara and was not detected with Covid-19, writes tion.ro.
„Sad anniversary of the Romanian National Opera in Timişoara on the 74th anniversary of the first show of this institution. The great tenor of international stature Corneliu Murgu and the one who led for 19 years the destinies of the Timişoara Opera passed into eternity today “, announces the Romanian National Opera in Timisoara.
According to the Bucharest National Opera, tenor Corneliu Murgu attended the Conservatory of Florence, and later won important acting awards and contracts with the most famous Italian opera houses.
After his exceptional debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, he was regularly invited to famous stages in the United States.
Since his Viennese debut, his international career has been one of reference. He has performed on opera stages in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Stuttgart, Zurich, Avignon, Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Lisbon, Las Palmas, Bilbao, Barcelona, Melbourne, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Odessa . He has performed countless times in Italy, in Venice, Rome, Naples, Trieste. La Scala in Milan debuted in “Aida” by G. Verdi under the direction of G. Patané. In 1994 he played the role of “Otello” by G. Verdi at the Arenas of Verona.
On the American continent he made his debut in 1982 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, in the show “Masked Ball” by G. Verdi, followed by triumphant returns to the lyrical stages in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, New Orleans, Palm Beach, Denver. With the role of Otello, he made his debut at the Montpellier Opera, participated in the inauguration of the Bastille Opera in Paris and toured the great theaters of France.
He led artistic master classes in Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, Brasov and Craiova. He has participated in numerous concerts organized by UNESCO and UNICEF. He was a founding member of the Philharmonic Society of Timisoara.
He received the Order of Faithful Service in the rank of Knight, granted by the President of Romania.
He was General Director of the Romanian National Opera Timişoara from 2000 to 2019.
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