Baritone Eugene Brancoveanu is a returning Resident Artist at Opera San José. Past roles with OSJ include Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), the Father (Hansel and Gretel), and Count De Luna (Il trovatore), Stubb (Moby-Dick), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire), and Escamillo (Carmen). He has also appeared in OSJ’s digital productions of Sing For Your Supper! and Love and Secrets, as well as Schumann’s Dichterliebe.
Recent engagements for Mr. Brancoveanu include Older Brother in Jabri’s Cities of Salt with Opera Movie NY, and serving as director and performing the role of Pasha Selim in The Abduction from the Seraglio with Livermore Opera. In Freiburg, Germany, he appeared as Falke in Die Fledermaus, Darcy in Mechem’s Pride and Prejudice, and Escamillo in Carmen, and performed the title role in Don Giovanniin Warsaw, Poland. Other international performances include appearances at Heidelberg Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Salzburg Music Festival, Munich State Opera, Berlin Opera, Pesaro Teatro Rossini, Piccola Scala di Milano, Macerata teatro di opera, Romanian National Theater, Tokyo Opera House, Matsumoto Opera, Montreal Opera and Opera Theater of Tel Aviv.
After his successful apprenticeship with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, he was awarded the position of Adler Fellow, where roles performed included Tomski in Pique Dame, Riccardo in The Italian in Algiers, the title role in Don Giovanni, the Pilot in The Little Prince, Belcore in The Elixir of Love, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoora nd Tarquinius in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia.
Career highlights include the title role of Shostakovich’s Orango with the L.A. Philharmonic under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen and Peter Sellers, which was recorded for Deutsche Grammophone, and the role of Marcello in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Bohème, for which he received both an honorary Tony Award and the 2004 LA Stage Alliance’s Ovation Award (for his performance in the Los Angeles production).
Mr. Brancoveanu graduated from the Academy of Music in Transylvania, Romania, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.