Adrian Sâmpetrean: I can only thank God for everything that I have received until now, with these amazing artists is something that, making music I have to be honest, I wasn’t even dreaming about when I started!

Adrian gives his stage debut at the Romanian National Opera Cluj-Napoca in 2003 as Zuniga in Carmen, followed by appearances as Masetto in Don Giovanni, Colline in La Bohème and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. During the 2007-08 season he was a member of the Young Artists Project at the Bavarian State Opera Munich. He could be heard in the 2008-09 season in Der Vampyr at the Teatro Comunale Bologna, in The Queen of Spades at the Opéra de Monte Carlo and in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf. Starting with the 2009-10 season he became a member of the Deutsche Opera am Rhein Düsseldof. In 2011 he made his debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival and appeared in the same role in 2012 at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, in the frame of a tour of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano and in 2013 at the Staatsoper Berlin under the baton of M° Daniel Barenboim. He is winner of various singing competitions: International Singing Competition „Hariclea Darclée“, International Singing Competition „Eugenia Moldoveanu“ and so many others.

Dear Adrian, it’s a pleasure to talk to you! Only a few know that you are the first artist I have ever interviewed, back in 2016, so it is also, indirectly, thanks to you that OPERA Charm Magazine was eventually born, 4 years later. Thank you very much for believing in me at that time and for accepting our invitation! It’s a pleasure! 

Hello, Bianca, the pleasure is mine, as it was 6 years ago. Thank you for the invitation. First of all I have to admit I am happy as well as a bit proud to have contributed, even indirectly, to the birth of such an interesting project. Congratulations to you and the whole OPERA Charm team for your dedication!

First of all, where do our questions find you? How did Anna Bolena go? This was a role debut for you, wasn’t it?

Well, Anna Bolena had it’s last performance at the Dutch National Opera two days ago and I am already in Aix-en-Provence rehearsing for Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon as Pharaon for this year’s Summer Festival. Yes, Enrico VIII was a role debut as is Pharaon, by the way, so two in a row. This is the exciting dynamics of our profession, sometimes you sing for seasons in a row only the roles you already have in your repertoire and then comes a time, like this year for me, with three role debuts. The third one will be Count Rodolfo in La sonnambula, but I prefer not to say where, since the season is not announced yet from what I know. Coming back to Anna Bolena, I have to say it was a production that I enjoyed a lot, lovely house to work in, wonderful conductor and colleagues, great staging, beautiful costumes and set, so I was spoiled to have my debut under this circumstances and now that it is over, I am missing it already.

Read the entire interview here, in the 4th/2022 issue of OPERA Charm Magazine.

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