Florin Estefan


Florin Estefan
Photographer: Nicu Cherciu
Opera singer baritone
Born in the Romanian city of Oradea, Florin Estefan studied in the music department of the university there under Alexandru Farcas and Gheorghe Mogosan. He later attended the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff, where his voice teacher was Dennis O'Neill, in addition to participating in numerous courses with internationally recognised artists like Sherrill Milnes, Ileana Cotrubaş, Ann Murray, Jane Eaglen, Bernd Weikl, Elizabeth Connell, Carol Vaness and, last but not least, Kiri Te Kanawa. At the age of 20, he signed with the Romanian National Opera of Cluj-Napoca, where he remained one of its soloists for four years. He achieved successful results at a number of competitions, including first place at the Hariclea Darclée International Singing Competition, a special prize at the Toti dal Monte International Opera Singing Competition and the grand prize at the Ionel Perlea Song Festival.
Over the course of his career, he has sung at theatres in Romania, as well as in Greece, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Japan, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.
His repertoire of works for orchestral vocal works include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Haydn's “Cecilia” mass in C major, Mozart's Requiem, Rossini's Petite messe solennelle and Orff's Carmina Burana.
His principal opera roles comprise Don Giovanni, Guglielmo, Count Almaviva, Figaro (both Mozart's and Rossini's), Agamemnon (in Gluck's Iphigénie in Aulide), Enrico (in Lucia di Lammermoor), the Count of Luna, Marcello, Sharpless and Giorgio Germont.