Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincai made his Royal Opera debut in 2009 as Rodolfo (La bohème) and reprised the role in 2013. In summer 2015 he sang Macduff (Macbeth) on The Royal Opera’s tour to Japan. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to sing Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly).
Ilincai studied at the Conservatory in Bucharest, and with Corneliu Fanateanu. He began his operatic career as a soloist of Bucharest National Opera, singing roles including Macduff, Ismaele (Nabucco), Rodolfo and Lensky (Eugene Onegin). He also performed widely in concert, in repertory including Carmina Burana, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Dvorák’s Requiem. He made his international debut in 2009 as Macduff for Hamburg State Opera, followed by performances as Ismaele for Vienna State Opera. Engagements since include Rodolfo for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and in Hamburg, Bucharest and Budapest, Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) for Paris Opéra and in Toulouse, Hamburg and Budapest, Fritz (L’amico Fritz) for Opéra national du Rhin, Roméo (Roméo et Juliette) in Santiago, the title role of Faust for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Alfredo Germont (La traviata) for Teatro Real, Madrid, and Macduff for Liceu, Barcelona.
Ilincai’s awards include Soloist of the Year at the 2009 Bucharest VIP Gala Awards, the 2009 Ludovic Spiess Prize (Romanian Music Forum), the 2010 ‘In Memoriam Iosif Sava’ prize (Radio România Cultural) and the 2013 Award of Excellence from the Romanian Elite Art Club UNESCO.