Following auditions at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy and the Hungarian National Opera of Cluj, 6 vocalists and 2 pianists were selected to participate in TOA’s 2018-19 program.TOA’s first pedagogical atelier centered on professional presentation – including how to write one’s own biography in English.The professional headshots were sponsored by the Cluj-based IT company, Evozon.
Adelina SABAU, 23, pianoBorn and raised in Bacău, a small city from Moldova, Romania, Adelina Sabău first got a glimpse into the musical world in Cluj, when she started playing the piano at the age of 5. After moving back to Bacău, the young musician dreamed of coming back to Cluj – and so she did, as she was accepted into the „Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy as a student of lect.univ.dr. Horváth Edit. Adelina held numerous recitals in various cities across the country and participated in a variety of national and international competitions. After playing with the local Philharmonic for several years during concerts especially held for pupils, the young musician had her debut as a soloist in 2013. She has participated in various masterclasses with pianists such as Viniciu Moroianu, Melinda Lee Masur and Vlad Iftinca (Metropolitan Opera).
Szilvia Klára NAGY, 25, mezzo-sopranoSzilvia studied Musical interpretation - Opera singing at the „ Gh. Dima” Music Academy with prof.univ.dr. Ramona Coman. She started her professional carrier as a choir member with the Hungarian National Opera of Cluj-Napoca where she appears frequently as a soloist (Mária in Árgyélus királyfi, Little Devil in Búbocska, Pünkösdi Kató in Csókos asszony…).She has performed in oratorios such as G. B. Pergolesi – Stabat Mater, Franz Liszt – Via Crucis, César Franck – Dextera Domini, J.S.Bach – Matthäus - Passion, Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria.Her personal motto is : “you never have to give up and that the passion for what you like is more important than the obstacles that may arise along the way. Yes, you’ve got to sing from the depths of the heart. ”
Magda MAFTEI, 26, mezzo-sopranoA sensitive musician, mezzo-soprano Magda Maftei is appreciated for her warm timbred voice and charismatic stage presence. After winning the Second Prize in the National Competition Emanuel Elenescu, she studied at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, where she performed roles such as Rosina and Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Dorabella in Così fan Tutte, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, the title-role in Carmen, and Orfeo in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. She made her debut on the stage of the Romanian National Opera of Cluj-Napoca in 2014, in a children’s version of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, performing the title-role. She participated in masterclasses with renowned singers and coaches such as Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Montserrat Caballé, Leontina Vaduva, Claire Lefilliâtre and Stéphane Fuget.
Renáta GEBE-FÜGI, 25, sopranoPraised for her vocal beauty, and abundant musicality, Renáta is being hailed a promising, young talent in opera. In 2012 she finished her violin studies at the “Sigismund Toduţă” Music High School and in 2016 graduated from the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in violin performance. Currently, Renata is continuing her studies at the “Gheorghe Dima “ Music Academy as a vocalist, while a violinist in the orchestra of the Hungarian Opera of Cluj-Napoca.She has participated in several vocal master classes throughout Europe with Erika Miklósa, Mihály Kálmándi, Petr Zeifart, Sophie Gent, and Bernhard Forck. In 2017, Renata’s débuted as Ernestina in the Romanian premiere of G. Rossini’s L’occasione Fa il Ladro. Later that year she was awarded 1st place at the Romanian Mozart Society’s vocal competition.
Ioan POPESCU, 28, bassIoan discovered the beauty of singing and opera music at a young age through the help of his family. After finishing his studies in architecture, he developped his musical skills in different choirs and a capella groups, before studying privately with bass Mircea Moisa. He was recently chosen to participate in a masterclass with Stephane Fuget, and was invited to audition for the Opéra National de Paris’ Académie. He continues his efforts to fulfill his true calling, to make the world a better place through music.
Bogdan BOHUS, 28, pianistBogdan Bohuș is a versatile pianist, known for collaborating with orchestras as a soloist, accompanying singers and also playing chamber music repertoire with various types of ensambles. Besides performing on stage, he is developing an academic career, currently teaching piano at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy and doing research for his PhD dissertation. He excels especially in Romantic repertoire, where his playing distinguishes with electrifying virtuosity and intense feelings, which helps him connect easy with the public. Also, musical juries attested his talent throughout the years, rewarding him with several first prizes and scholarships that helped him establish his reputation as a refined musician.
Samuel Cornel BARANI, 24, baritoneComing soon...
Tamas Otto PETI, bass-baritoneComing soon...