Cornel Stavru

Soloist, Tenor
He was born in Constanta, in 1929. She studied at the National Conservatory of Bucharest under Aurel Costescu-Duca and Alexander Colfescu. He began his career at the age of 27, singing roles in the operas Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci, Otello, and Il Trovatore. In 1958 he appeared in the new production of Il Trovatore at the Romanian National Opera. In the period 1958-1982 he sung lead roles in operas including: Tosca (Cavaradossi), Tourandot (Calàf), Andrea Chénier (title role), Fidelio (Florestan) and Carmen (Don José). Before WWII he received an award as the tenor with the greatest number of roles in works by Wagner, such as: Die Walküre (Siegmund), Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Walther von Stolzing) and Tannhäuser (title role). He participated in radio concerts, singing in the operas: Ernani, The coronation of Poppea [La incoronazione di Poppea], Dido and Aeneas, Oberon and Andrea Chénier. During his international career he participated in tours with the National Opera of Romania in Moscow, Athens, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Liege, Kairo and China. He also appeared on personal contracts in Bremen, Schwetzigken, Perugia, Dresden, Thessaloniki, Skopje and elsewhere. He has collaborated with celebrated artists including: Renata Scotto, Aldo Protti and Theo Adam. Between 1982 and 2001 he served as artistic director and artistic consultant with the National Opera of Romania and Opera Brașov. He was recording artist (Electrocord). He collaborated with the GNO four times, singing lead tenor roles in the operas Pagliacci (Canio, 1973), Carmen (Don José, 1974/75, and Il Trovatore (Manrico, 1975). // Last update of the biography: November 2020 - The list of the productions below is continually updated.