Sorin Coliban

Bass / Bassbaritone

The bass baritone SORIN COLIBAN was born in Bukarest and studied there at the Music Academy. After graduation he studied for six years with Georgeta Balan and perfected his Rossini technique in the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro under the direct guidance of Alberto Zedda.

His repertoire includes works such as Philipp II., Fiesco, Procida, Ramfis, Fer­rando, Banquo, Don Giovanni, Leporello and Commendatore, Sarastro, Guglielmo, Lord Sid­ney, Holländer, König Marke and Timur. He gave his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2004 as Monterone (Rigoletto), and has since then sung among others, the Grand Inquisiteur (Don Carlos), Landgraf (Tannhäuser), Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), Fra Melitone (La forza del desti­no), Fasolt (Das Rheingold), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro) and Colline (La Bohème).
. From 2004-9 he was a member of the ensemble at the Vienna Volksoper where his roles included the Commendatore (Don Giovanni), Zuniga (Carmen), Dr Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro), Konrad Nachtigall (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg), Timur (Turandot), Hermit (Der Freischütz) , Don Basilio (The Barber of Sevillle) and Kontchak (Prince Igor) 2017.

Since his debut in 1996 Sorin has worked at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Opera Bastille , Opera Garnier and Théâtre du Châtelet  in Paris, the Monte Carlo Opera, the Bavarian State Opera, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, the Teatro Municipal de Santiago, the Israeli Opera, the Rossini Festival Pesaro, the Opéra de Lausanne and the Basel Opera. In concert he has appeared at the Megaron in Athens, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam , Musikverein Vienna and at international festivals in Bayreuth, Lucerne, Tokyo, Lyon and Jerusalem. 

Among Sorin’s most significant roles are Don Magnifico and Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Filippo II (Don Carlo), Procida (Les vêpres siciliennes), Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims), Colline (La bohème), Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Dutchman (The Flying Dutchman). At the Vienna State Opera, Sorin has sung amongst other:  Filippo II (Don Carlo), Monterone (Rigoletto), Grand Inquisitor (Don Carlos), Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Count Capulet (Roméo et Juliette), Fra Melitone (La forza del destino), Fasolt (Das Rheingold) Hermann (Tannhäuser), Alexandr Petrovič Gorjančikov (From the House of the Dead) and Sarastro (The Magic Flute). 

Sorin has appeared at the Bregenz Festival as Ramfis (Aida) and the Archbishop (King Roger). He made his Bayreuth Wagner Festival debut in 2013 as Fafner in both Das Rheingold and Siegfried in the Bicentennial Ring production directed by Frank Castorf and conducted by Kirill Petrenko .

Together with Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna and Ruggero Raimondi, he participated in EMI’s film production of Puccini’s Tosca that premiered at the famous film festival of Venice in 2001.

Sorin is also an experienced lieder and oratorios singer. His repertoire includes Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, Mahler’s Symphony No 8 (Pater Profundis), Bach’s Passions and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In 2012 he made his recital debut at the Vienna Musikverein with the pianist Kathleen Kelly.

Sorin has performed under conductors including Bernard Haitink, Antonio Pappano, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser- Möst, Kent Nagano, Pinchas Steinberg, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Bonynge, Valery Gergiev, Seiji Ozawa, Bertrand de Billy, Louis Langrée, Kirill Petrenko, James Conlon and Daniele Gatti. He has worked with stage directors such as Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Jérôme Savary, Christine Mielitz, Renaud Doucet, Alfredo Arias, Robert Carsen, Jonathan Miller, Luc Bondy, Nicolas Joel, Benoît Jaquot and Graziella Sciutti.

Recently he debuted at the Berlin Philarmonie as Peneios in „Daphne“ by R. Strauss unde the baton of Marek Janowski, at MÜPA Budapest as Fasolt under Adam Fischer, Don Giovanni and Don Pasquale at the Craiova Opera(Romania), Sparafucile (Rigoletto) at the Festival Opera in the Quarry - St. Margarethen , Austria and sang the Verdi Requiem at the Musikverein Goldener Saal in Vienna . 

Future plans include : Ramfis , Basilio and Monterone in Vienna , Cesar Frank „Les Beatitudes“ in Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. 



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