Eusebiu Huțan

Eusebiu Huțan was born in Suceava, Romania, but at the age of 6 he moved to Italy with his family, joining his father who had already been working there for 6 years at that point. He started school in Italy, but ever since his teenage years he wanted to move back to Romania, being curious about his nation, about how it is like to live in the country where he was born. He is not part of a family of professional musicians, but he got in touch with music in the Neo-protestant Church in which he grew up:

During my childhood, we were encouraged to worship God by singing in the church.

At the age of 17, he started feeling sick. At the beginning, he and his family didn’t take the symptoms, the chest pain, seriously, thinking that it might have been just the flu. Later, he found out he was suffering from a heart disease, pericarditis, without knowing the reason why. Because of this illness, he was hospitalized for almost a whole summer, during which he had the time to think, to meditate and analyse his life. Even from such a young age, he managed to understand the importance of a strong and powerful relationship with God, he himself being part of a Christian family, an experience that he wanted to share with those around him. He decided to do this by singing a song in the church his family attended. Even though before this experience his voice wasn’t very much appreciated by his brothers and sisters in Christ, after this event, everything changed. Everybody was shocked about how his voice developed naturally, so they encouraged him to continue. Singing for a few months in the church gave him the courage to want to do more. This is how Eusebiu started taking singing lessons from a conservatory student in Rome, but he was not thinking about approaching opera.

I was singing very faintly, because I had a wrong idea about singing and I wanted to sing only Christian music. She kept telling me that I have to get more involved in it, to sing louder and more powerfully. This is the moment when, fooling around, I tried to imitate an opera singer and naturally, it just came to me. I didn’t know what I was doing, but she was impressed. She advised me to study with a more experienced teacher and introduced me to maestro Fernando Pasqualetti, who has sung for a long period at Teatro all’Opera in Rome.

Starting on his path with the only desire to improve his vocal skills in order to sing better in church, Eusebiu was now pushed by the trust his teacher at this point had in him to a career in the opera. Still in high school, Eusebiu was studying in order to become an architect. After graduation, he had to choose between continuing on this path or changing it completely by starting to study music.

I knew that if I were to go to the conservatory, I couldn’t do anything else, because it takes lots of time to study singing. Trying to make this decision, I thought that maybe I wouldn’t be able to support myself financially from a career in music, so I applied for a major in Architecture at the University in Rome, the courses of which I attended for three years. 

He moved back to Romania where he had a few friends already studying at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, where he was also about to become a student. Meeting different local opera singers, he was introduced to the one who was to become his teacher, the tenor Marius Vlad Budoiu. 

When I started singing, the first tenor that impressed me, besides Pavarotti, was Giuseppe di Stefano. Maybe many won’t agree with me, but I like his voice and his interpretations. I also listen to a lot to Caruso, Del Monaco, Lauri-Volpi, Beniamino Gigli. My first teacher in Italy was, actually, one of Gigli’s former students.  Out of the nowadays singers, I prefer Roberto Alagna.

During his first year at the conservatory, he did some small roles such as Basilio and Don Cruzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) which gave him the opportunity to step on the stage of the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca. The next year, he auditioned for the Opera House’s manager, who offered him the chance to debut in the role of Pong (Turandot).

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