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September 24, 2021
ARTS & LEISURE

Acclaimed musician celebrated in Nabucco event performance

The Bucharest National Opera (ONB) will host, on Saturday, a presentation of “Nabucco” – an anniversary performance dedicated to the bass Pompeiu Harasteanu, a show included in the series of events paying homage to Giuseppe Verdi. Alongside the artist celebrated – taking on Zaccaria’s part -, the opera will be brought to life by a cast including soloists Stefan Ignat, Teodor Ilincai, Silvia Sorina Munteanu, Sidonia Nica, Marius Bolos, Liviu Indricau and Dorina Chesei. They will be accompanied by ONB ballet soloists Madalina Slateanu, Vicentiu Popescu and Raul Oprea. The ONB orchestra, choir – coordinated by the maestro Stelian Olariu – and soloists will perform under the baton of conductor Iurie Florea.


An internationally celebrated artist, acclaimed in opera houses in Romania and elsewhere, Pompeiu Harasteanu graduated from the “Ciprian Porumbescu” Conservatory in Bucharest in 1959.


While a student, he won several international singing contests and started making a name for himself appearing on the stage of the Conservatory or of the Romanian Athenaeum. He made his debut at ONB in 1966, as Ferrando in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”. In 1969, after winning the 1st Prize at the “Francisco Vinas” International Singing Contest in Barcelona, Pompeiu Harasteanu was offered a position as soloist at the Bonn Stadt Theater for three seasons. Some of his most impressive making his debut at only 24 at the Bonn Stadt Theater, presenting (in the concert version), under the baton of conductor Iosif Conta, the tetralogy “Der Ring des Nibelungen”, by Richard Wagner.


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