Ioan Hotea tenor
Born in Baia Mare, Romania, Hotea is a graduate of the Bucharest Music Academy. He made his professional debut at the age of 21 as Nemorino and was immediately engaged as a soloist of the Romanian National Opera of Bucharest where his roles included Alfredo, Almaviva, Rinuccio and Don Ottavio.
A prize winner in several competitions as the 1st Opera and Zarzuela Prizes at the Operalia 2015, he was also awarded the Grand Prize of the International Contest Hariclea Darclée 2015.
Last season, Hotea starred as Ernesto in a new production of Don Pasquale at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as well as debuting Arturo in I Puritani, at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. In Wiesbaden, his roles included the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, Des Grieux in Massenet’s Manon and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’Amore. Hotea was also invited to perform Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi during the Spring Festival Tokyo Opera Nomori.
His recent performances include Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, at Staatsoper Stuttgart, Opera National de Rhin, Wiener Staatsoper, Greek National Opera and Choregies d’Orange; Nemorino at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Elvino in La Sonnambula at the Oper Frankfurt; Ernesto in Don Pasquale, at Oper Zurich, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Des Grieux in Manon, at the Greek National Opera; Cassio in Otello, at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Tebaldo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, at the Opéra National de Paris; Alfredo in La Traviata, Ferrando in Così fan Tutte, Duca in Rigoletto and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
Among his next engagements, he will perform at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Ferrando, in Dieter Dorn’s production of Così fan Tutte, as well as Des Grieux in a new production of Manon at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, his return to Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Almaviva in a new production of Il Barbiere di Sviglia, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rinuccio and Macduff in Macbeth, in Wiesbaden.