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Sebastian Catana

Born in Cluj in Romania, Sebastian Catana is emerging as one of the most interesting Verdi and verismo baritones of his generation. After the first musical studies in his homeland he moved to the USA where he perfected in the training programs of the Seattle Opera and the Baltimore Opera and ranks in numerous American and European Competitions.

In 2001 his operatic debut as Thore in Les Huguenots at the Carnegie Hall with the Opera Orchestra of New York, in 2003, as Schaunard in La Bohème under the baton of Daniel Oren, the debut at the Metropolitan Opera, where he will collaborate with supporting roles and sing Valentin in Faust; in 2007 the European debut as Paolo in Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna.

Sebastian Catana has already interpreted several of the great Verdi baritone roles: the title roles in Nabucco  (West Palm Beach, Phi­la­del­phia, New Zeland, Frank­furt, Stutt­gart, Avanches Festi­val, Bolo­gna, Tel Aviv, Arena di Verona, Terme di Caracalla, Deu­tsche Oper Ber­lin, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli), Rigoletto (Duisburg, Trie­ste and Copenhagen as  Season opening production, San­tiago del Cile, Belfast and Opera di Roma conducted by Daniele Gatti) and Mac­beth (Mün­che­ner Run­d­fun­kor­che­ster, Atene, Bra­ti­slava), Conte di Luna in Il tro­va­tore (Valen­cia conducted by Zubin Mehta and Hong Kong), Mil­ler in Luisa Mil­ler (Lyon, Torino and Malmö), Fran­ce­sco Foscari in I due Foscari (Trie­ste, Toulouse, Santiago del Cile, Amsterdam/Concergebouw), Ezio in Attila (Bus­seto for the Festi­val Verdi), Gior­gio Ger­mont in La tra­viata (Lau­sanne, Festival of Savonlinna, Deu­tsche Oper Ber­lin, Pitt­sburgh, Opera di Roma), Don Carlo in Ernani (Dort­mund Festi­val), Ford in Fal­staff (Lau­sanne), Renato in Un ballo in maschera (Düsseldorf), Amonasro in Aida (Arena di Verona) Seid in Il cor­saro (Washing­ton Con­cert Opera).

Among his recent and future engagements at Opera Bastille as Scar­pia in Tosca, a role that he also performed in Hong Kong, at the Festival of Savonlinna, in Bari, at Teatro Massimo in Palermo and in the Japan tour, in Tel Aviv with Oren), Alfio in La caval­le­ria rusti­cana at Tea­tro Filar­mo­nico di Verona and in Cagliari, Demo­gor­gon in Casella’s La donna ser­pente in Torino, Giovanni in the European premiere of  Tutino’s La Ciociara in Cagliari, Barnaba in La Gioconda in the Circuito Emiliano, again Amonasro at Arena di Verona, Macbeth in Cagliari, Scarpia at Opera di Roma and at La Fenice in Venice, Nabucco at Teatro Colon and Germont in Santiago del Cile.

January 2020

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