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Romeo Cornelius

Countertenor Romeo Cornelius was born on July 13th 1979 in Baia Mare. He started his musical education in the 1st grade, with piano professor Ernestina Adam. He studied piano until the 8th grade obtaining very good results at different national competitions. Simultaneously he was the vocal soloist of the Art High School in Baia Mare were he was also student.


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Romeo Cornelius, Carmina Burana

Along the four high school grades he studied canto with professor Clara Sacaleanu. Even since the first grade of high school he started his artistic activity, performing in different national concerts. Then, he continued his studies at the Music University in Bucharest.

He participated as soloist at various concerts and festivals, sang with important orchestras under the baton of famous maestros.

On the night of November 14th 1996, in the hall of the Cultural Palace in Arad, alongside with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Arad Philharmonic, under the baton of Maestro Dorin Fraudes he performed in national premiere the cantata "Vita, Vital, Vitaal, Vitalis" for countertenor and string orchestra by Janpieter Biecsmann, in Flemish.

He sang in three recital tours in Germany (1996, 1997, 1998), in Hungary, in Poland and in a tour in Norway (1998), and then, in January 1998 we was part of the distribution of "Faust" by Gounod, in the role of Siebel. This way he becomes, at the age of 18, the youngest lyrical soloist in the history of the Romanian Opera. Then he performs Orlovsky in "Die Fledermaus" by J. Strauss and "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff.

On 18 and 19 December 1998 he made his debut at the Romanian Athenaeum with the "George Enscu" Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of the great maestro Sergiu Comissiona in "Psalmi" by Bernstein.

Since the 9th grade until now he participated at various national and international competitions, obtaining numerous prizes:
- 1st Prize - "Hariclea Darclee" Canto Competition (Braila -1995)
- the Great Prize - "Hariclea Darclee" Canto Competition (Braila 1996)
- the Great Prize - "Sabin Dragoi" Canto Competition (6th June 1996, Arad)
- 1st Prize and the Special Prize of the Jury at the Music Olympics (Resita - 1997)
- the Special Prize of the Jury and the International Competition "Jeunesses Musicales" (Bucuresti - 1997)
- 1st Prize and the Special Prize of the Jury at the Music Olympics (Odorheiu Secuiesc - 1998)

In April 2000 he gave an audition at Nouveau NCPILA (National Center of Professional Insertion of Lyrical Artists) - Marseille, where he is presently on probation for 2000/2001. In December 2000 he participated to three recitals gave by NCPILA, at the Opera in Marseille, Opera d'Avignon and Opera des Pays de Vancluse, with the program: "Fac ut Portem" ("Stabat Mater" by Pergolese), "Music for a While" by Pulcell, and two arias from "Rinaldo" by Handel: "Cara sposa" and "Or la tromba".

In February 2001 he was invited to sing "Stabat Mater" by Pergolese, with Orchestre Lyrique de Region Avignon Provence, conducted by Francois-Xavier Bilger.




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