Romanian tenor Emanuel-Cristian Caraman has firmly established himself as a young enthusiastic professional in the world of opera and classical music. In the summer of 2014 he performed Fritz in L’amico Fritz in Miami. Of his performance Lawrence Budmen said: “In the title role, Emanuel-Cristian Caraman displayed a well-schooled lyric tenor that scaled the opera’s peaks impressively. He brought passionate lyricism to Fritz’s melodic outbursts. His aria of despair at losing his beloved Suzel was imbued with real vocal drama, Emanuel-Cristian Caraman’s high notes ringing through the house.” South Florida Classical Review, 2014
“Tenor Emanuel-Cristian Caraman does superb work as the doomed count Riccardo” – South Florida Classic Review
In the fall of 2009 he made his debut on the international stage at the George Enescu International Music Festival in Bucharest, where he sang Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor alongside distinguished soprano Natalie Dessay under the baton of maestro Louis Langrée. In 2008, he performed a highly acclaimed three tenors concert, “Tribute to Pavarotti,” under the baton of maestro Kirk Muspratt. He has also collaborated extensively with pianist and conductor, maestro Wishart Bell, for a series of recitals in the United States and Romania.
Throughout his career Caraman has appeared with Die Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Chicago’s New Philharmonic Orchestra, La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, Miami Lyric Opera, Harbor County Opera, Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, Opera in the Heights in Houston, American Opera Group in Chicago, da Corneto Opera in Chicago, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Indiana Opera North, Musical Arts Indiana and the New England Chamber Orchestra.
Operatic highlights include Fritz in L’amico Fritz, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in La Bohème, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don José in Carmen, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Alfred in Die Fledermaus.
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As a distinguished concert performer, Emanuel-Cristian Caraman has performed the tenor solos in: Bruckner’s Te Deum, Bach’s B minor mass and Magnificat, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla and Navidad Nuestra, Mozart’s Requiem, Great Mass in C minor and Vesperae solennes de confessore, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation and Stabat Mater.
In 2014, Mr. Caraman recorded Spanish composer Jorge Muñiz’ vocal catalogue written for tenor, cello, and piano, featuring the cycle Shakespeare’s Love composed specifically for Emanuel-Cristian’s voice.
Born in Bucharest, Romania into a musical family, Mr. Caraman began his studies at the Liceul de Muzica Dinu Lipatti in Bucharest and continued at Bethel College IN, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in vocal performance. In 2003 he graduated from Indiana University with a Masters of Music in vocal performance and in the fall of 2008 Mr. Caraman was conferred the title of Doctor of Music from the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania.[/expand]
“In the title role, Emanuel-Cristian Caraman displayed a well-schooled lyric tenor that scaled the opera’s peaks impressively. He brought passionate lyricism to Fritz’s melodic outbursts. His aria of despair at losing his beloved Suzel was imbued with real vocal drama, Emanuel-Cristian Caraman’s high notes ringing through the house.”
Lawrence Budman – South Florida Classical Review, 2014
“Tenor Emanuel-Cristian Caraman does superb work as the doomed count Riccardo”
– Chris Gibson, 2012 (St. Louis, BWW Reviews)
Un Ballo in Maschera
“Tenor Emanuel-Cristian Caraman issued beautiful sounds as the doomed Governor Riccardo”
– Chuck Lavazzi, 2012 (St. Louis, Arts and Theatre Reviews on 88.1 KDHX)
Un Ballo in Maschera
Puccini – E Lucevan le Stelle
Mascagni – O amore, o bella luce del core
L’Amico Fritz (Miami, 2014)
Verdi – Di quella pira
Il Travatore, New York, 2005
De Curtis – Torna a Surriento
Torna a Surriento – de Curtis
New Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirk Muspratt conductor (Chicago, 2008)
Music of the Night
Phantom of the Opera – Harbor Country Opera (Three Oaks, MI, 2015)
from Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (South Bend, 2010)
La fleur que tu m’avais jetee
from Bizet’s Carmen. American Opera (Chicago, 2007)
Benedictus qui venit
Mozart – Mass in C minor, Die Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie (Bucharest, 2009)
Vaga luna che inargenti
Bellini (South Bend, 2010)