11 December 2017 at 5.34pm | 1 Comment
The Romanian Cultural Institute first supported the Royal Opera House during the 2015/16 Season, for the production of George Enescu’s Oedipe, and once again following the announcement of Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincai’s casting as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly last Season.
In celebration of the links between the Royal Opera House and the RCI, the Institute hosted an evening of music, insights and anecdotes with the tenor and other members of The Royal Opera, attended by Patrons and Friends of Covent Garden.
Speaking with Head Staff Director Amy Lane, Ilincai shared his musical journey from his upbringing in the mountainous regions of north Romania.
‘From the moment I was out of my mum’s belly I was already looking for my high notes,’ he joked.
‘I was born in a musical family, they were all singing when I was born: folk, traditional, some light music, pop music. I’m still happy to sing lots of styles, not only opera.’
On performing Puccini's poignant opera at the Royal Opera House, he said: ‘It’s like a dream come true to sing Butterfly here. Pinkerton has been one of my main roles for many years. I’ve performed it around Europe, and I’m really happy to sing this - very ugly! - character here.’
The Royal Opera House is grateful to the Romanian Cultural Institute for its continued support.