Corneliu Murgu

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Murgu is today the manager of the Timişoara Opera (a post which he held after his singing career and still holds today, i.e. in 2008). The Timişoara Opera's website has his biography and further pictures. I heard him several times, and must say he's one of the weirdest tenors I ever experienced on stage. Sure, every singer is sometimes good and sometimes not, but differences are hardly ever as striking as with Murgu. He was - on more than one occasion - the best Turiddu I ever saw (and I saw Bonisolli and Lotric, who were both great Turiddus!). He stole the show at a benefit concert for Romania (after the subversion of the Ceausescu government) at the Wiener Staatsoper, with far more famous tenor colleagues such as Domingo and Carreras - Murgu would blow them away, and so obviously that even the Carreras-Domingo-addicted Vienna audience noticed. On the other hand, he was an extremely unmusical, erratic (though huge-voiced and untirable) Radames, a strange I-did-it-my-way rendition. My friends from Graz reported he sang an excellent Calaf there, and a lousy Riccardo (unfortunately, they recorded just the Ballo in Maschera - and yes, that's lousy indeed). Finally, I heard his very last performance, at the Wiener Staatsoper again, as Canio in 2003 (when he was already managing the Timisoara Opera). Well... a farewell that came many, many years late. He should have been ashamed to sing in that condition!
Robert Schlesinger
Corneliu Murgu singsSamson et Dalila: Arrêtez, ô mes frères
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Corneliu Murgu singsSamson et Dalila: Excerpts Act 1
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Corneliu Murgu singsOtello: Esultate
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Corneliu Murgu singsOtello: Dio mi potevi
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Corneliu Murgu singsTurandot: Nessun dorma
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Source picture: Timişoara Opera's website.
I wish to thank Tom Silverbörg for the recordings (Samson et Dalila).
I wish to thank Andrei Turcu for the recordings (Otello, Turandot).

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