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Sorin Coliban

Sorin Coliban was born in Bucharest and studied and graduated as a singer and singer teacher from the Bucharest Academy of Music in 1995, he attended masterclasses headed by Ileana Cotrubas in 1995 and 2012 and also pefectioned his Rossini style and technique in the famous Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro in 2001.

Since the very beginning of his career in 1996, he has been singing at such prestigious places such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Opera Bastille and Palais Garnier in Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet, Monte Carlo Opera.He was then later invited to perform at Staatsoper in Munich, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Staatsoper and Volksoper in Vienna, War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv and Rossini Festival in Pesaro but also in Athen (Megaro Mousikis), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Luzern Festival , St. Gallen, Bergen ( Norway), Jerusalem, Bucharest, Lyon, Basel etc. Important roles in this time were Don Giovanni, Don Magnifico and Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Filippo II and Inquisitor (Don Carlo),Procida (Les vespres siciliens), Lord Sidney (Il Viaggio a Reims), Colline (La Boheme), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Mose (Mose by Rossini), Holländer (Der fliegende Holländer) and many more.

From the season 2009/2010, Sorin Coliban belongs to the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, where he performs among others Colline (La Boheme), Monterone (Rigoletto), Grand Inquisiteur (Don Carlos), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), Fra Melitone (La forza del destino), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro). Recently he made his successful role debuts in Vienna as Landgraf Hermann (Tannhäuser) ,as Alexandr Petrovic Gorjancikov (Janacek’s From the House of the Dead) , Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) ,Gremin (Eugen Onegin) and Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor).

Sorin Coliban was also a member of the ensemble of the Volksoper Wien between 2004 and 2009 where he sung in parts such as Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Bartolo (Die Hochzeit des Figaro), Friedrich Engel (Der Evangelimann), Konrad Nachtigall (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Timur (Turandot/NP), Eremit (Der Freischütz/NP), Bauer (Die Kluge/NP), Tommaso (Tiefland/NP).

In the last years, he made his debut at the Bregenz Festival in Austria, as Ramfis in Verdi’s Aida and the Archbishop in Szymanowski’s King Roger (has been released as DVD with Unitel-Classica ) and also sang Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni at the Bruckner Festspiele in Linz and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) at the Mozart Festival La Coruna in Spain.

Coliban is also a demanded performer in Lieder and Oratorio repertoire such as Verdi Requiem (in Lyon and Bucharest) The 9th Symphony of Beethoven, Pater Profundus in the 8th Symphony of Mahler (in Dresden and Bucharest) , Matthäus and Johannes Passions by Bach (Tel Aviv). Not far as May 2012 , he made his Vienna Musikverein debut with a Lieder Recital together with pianist Kathleen Kelly. Other recital venues where in Paris, Baden and Bucharest.

Sorin Coliban performed under conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Bernard Haitink, Antonio Pappano, Alberto Zedda, Zubin Mehta, Rafael Fruebeck de Burgos, Kirill Petrenko, Kent Nagano, Pinchas Steinberg, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Bonynge, Valery Gergiev, Seiji Ozawa, Bertrand de Billy, Louis Langree, Daniele Gatti, James Conlon, Sir Charles Mackerras. He has worked with stage directors such as Sven Eric Bechtolf, Jérôme Savary, Ruggero Raimondi, Christine Mielitz, Renaud Doucet, Alfredo Arias, Robert Carsen, Jonathan Miller, Luc Bondy, Nicolas Joel, Benoit Jaquot and Graziella Sciutti.

His future plans include Ramfis, Fasolt and Don Basilio at the Vienna State Opera, Fafner at International Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Don Basilio at the Opéra de Lausanne in 2014.

Engagements in Bayreuth

Year Opera Part
2014 Siegfried Fafner
2014 Das Rheingold Fafner
2013 Siegfried Fafner
2013 Das Rheingold Fafner