Marius Brenciu

Marius Brenciu, tenore

“...he is already able to combine an excellent vocal technique with intelligence, artistic integrity and a warm stage personality.”

June 16, 2001 Barbara Bonney presenting the Cardiff final at BBC television


Romanian tenor Marius Brenciu -    born in November 1973 -  finished his studies at the Bucharest University of Music. He obtained a Master’s degree and he teached in the same University between 1997-2000. After his debut in Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni (February 1997), he became a permanent soloist at the National Opera in Bucharest. 

Among the many prizes Marius Brenciu won during his studies were those from the Julian Gayarre International Competition, chaired by José Carreras, and the Georges Enescu International Competition, chaired by Ileana Cotrubas, as well as the First Prize at Jeunesses Musicales 1997. At the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition 2000 of Belgium the young tenor won the Opera Prize and Second Prize. 

Marius Brenciu won 2001 Cardiff competition “Singer of The World”. For the first time in history of this prestigious biannual competition, won in the past by singers such as Karita Mattila,. Bryn Terfel and .Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Brenciu walked away with the only two available awards: the Prize for “Lied” as well as “Singer of the World”. 

Opera parts that Marius Brenciu has on repertoire are Mozart-roles Bastien, Don Ottavio, Belmonte, Idomeneo and Titus, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Cassio (Otello), Ismail (Nabucco) and Macduff (Macbeth). Opera activities last seasons include a.o. Fenton (Falstafj) with the Opéra de Nancy et de Lorraine, Count Almaviva (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Opéra National de Lyon, the title role in Idomeneo at the Opéra National de Paris Bastille and Lensky (Eugen Onegin) at the Opéra de Genève, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the New Israeli Opera. 

Marius Brenciu also has a broad concert- and oratorio-repertoire, reaching from the early baroque period until modem times: a.o. Bach’s Cantatas and Magn~ficat, H~inde1’s Acis and Galathea and Messiah, Purcell’s King Arthur, Masses of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Gounod, Schubert and Mascagni, Mendelssohn’s Paulus, and Britten’s Les iluminations and Horn Serenade.~ Marius Brenciu has recently completed a concert series with Verdi’s Requiem under the. baton. of. Mstislav~Rostropovich, Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht with James Judd, two concert series; the first one Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and the second one Gounod’s Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile both conducted by Marc Soustrot, a Händel program with the Academy of Ancient Music under the baton of Paul Goodwin with concerts in Brussels and London, at the BBC Proms he sang Fernando in Goyescas from Granados under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda and he sung in Enescu’s Oedipe during a concert performance at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Marius Brenciu considers highlights of future concert engagements: an opera gala concert, in which he is starring as the only soloist, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Enescu’s Vox Maris with the Orchestre National de Lyon under the baton of Lawrence Foster, Janacek’s Vecné Evangelium and Bruckner’s f-minor Mass with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt, a concert performance of Macbeth (Macduff) at the Edinburgh International Festival under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras and a concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in which he is starring as only vocal soloist. La Monnaie in Brussels invited Marius Brenciu to give a opera gala concert with two soloists together with José van Dam. Future opera engagements include a.o. Alfredo (La Traviata) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Lensky again at the Welsh National Opera, Théàtre du Capitole de Toulouse and at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. 

‘Lied’-recitals take a special place in the career of Marius Brenciu. He sung a recital accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera in St. John’s Smith Square, London, and a recital accompanied by Malcolm Martineau at the Edinburgh International Festival. He will sing recitals at the Royal Liedertafel, and at the Cal Performances series in Berkeley, California.