Hailed by the Oregonian for “a rich, agile voice and high notes that could nearly part your hair,” Marian Pop earns critical and audience acclaim for his dynamic performances on opera stages throughout the world. As a permanent resident singer of Staatstheater Kassel, he performed numerous roles including Marcello in La bohème, Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, James Bondy in Die Herzogin von Chicago, Pantalone in Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen, Franck-Fritz in Die tote Stadt, the title role in Eugene Onegin, and Peter in Hänsel und Gretel, as well as adding new roles to his repertoire including Scarpia in Tosca and the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto. Last season, Pop performed Barone, Vittelio, and Scarpia in Tosca with Staatstheater Braunschweig, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Opera Brasov, Tadeausz in The Passenger at Michigan Opera Theatre, and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with National Opera Iasi. Additionally, Pop sang Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt, stage directed Der Zigeunerbaron with Opera Brasov, and reprised his portrayal of title role in David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan’s Cyrano.
Prior to his residency in Kassel, Pop delighted audiences in performances as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Count in Le nozze di Figaro at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Dandini in La Cenerentola with Florida Grand Opera, the Black Cat and the Grandfather Clock in L’enfant et les sortilèges in a return to Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the title role in David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan’s Cyrano in the work’s world première at Michigan Opera Theatre, which he sang subsequent performances of with Opera Company of Philadelphia and Florida Grand Opera.
Mr. Pop has also performed with Theater Basel as Lescaut in Manon, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri, Pantalone in Prokofiev’s L’amour des trois oranges, and in his role début of Posa in Don Carlo. A frequent guest at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the baritone’s numerous roles with the company have included his signature performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Ulisse in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. With the Vienna Staatsoper and Volksoper, he has sung a variety of roles, including Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Valentin in Faust, Ping in Turandot, Graf Homonay in Der Zigeunerbaron, and Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus.
Mr. Pop made his North American début as Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Portland Opera and has since rejoined the company as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Some selected North American high lights include Ping in Turandot with Cincinnati Opera and Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Marcello in La bohème with Michigan Opera Theatre.
Among the baritone’s other international engagements were Carmina Burana for his South American début with the Teatro Municipal in Chile, where he subsequently sang Brahms’ Requiem and Marcello in La bohème. He has sung Malatesta in Don Pasquale with New Israeli Opera; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, and Dandini in La Cenerentola in Klagenfurt; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Enschede Opera in Holland; Falke in Die Fledermaus in St. Gallen; Belcore in L’elisir d’amore in Klosterneuburg; Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Munich’s Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz; and Marullo in Rigoletto at the Opera Bastille.
In his native city of Cluj, Romania, Mr. Pop assumed the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Marcello in La bohème, Der König in Die Kluge, Procolo in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma, Dandini in La Cenerentola, and appeared in Tom Johnson’s The Four-Note Opera. The baritone’s oratorio credits in Cluj include Carmina Burana, and the Fauré Requiem. Additional Romanian credits include Count di Luna in Il trovatore in Constanta.
Mr. Pop’s concert performances have also included Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Bucharest and an “Aria Evening” in Bayreuth, Germany. He also participated in a tour of La Cenerentola and Viva la Mamma with the Musical Theatre of Brasov, which visited Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Great Britain.