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- Cavaradossi in Tosca at the New National Tokyo Theatre;

- Calaf in Turandot, at Festival Puccini, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Romanian National Opera Timisoara;              

- The title role in Verdi’s Otello and Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, at the Romanian National Opera Timisoara;

- Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, at the Semperoper Dresden;

- Don José in Carmen, at the Romanian National Opera Iasi;

- Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, at the Semperoper Dresden.


Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincai has performed at many of the important opera houses in the world, including the Royal Opera House London, Opéra national de Paris, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro Real de Madrid, Opéra de Lausanne, Macerata Opera Festival, Festival Avenches Opéra, Bayerische Staatsoper, Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, Opera Carlo Felice di Genova, Opéra de Marseille, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Semperoper Dresden, Opera Australia, New National Theatre Tokyo and many others.


Teodor Ilincai began his musical studies as an oboist, after which he entered the Bucharest Conservatory to study Byzantine Music and Musical Pedagogy. With the discovery of his vocal gifts, he turned his attention to singing under the guidance of famed Romanian tenor, Corneliu Fânățeanu.


Teodor Ilincai began his professional career at the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest in 2006. In 2008 he won a scolarship in Vienna offered by CEE Musiktheatre, was awarded First Place at the Great Tenors Tournament in Szczecin, Poland. In this same year, being only 25 years old, he performed Macduff in Macbeth by G. Verdi. In 2009, he was invited to sing the same role at the Hamburg State Opera. Later that year, he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera as Ismaele in Nabucco and at the Royal Opera House as Rodolfo in La Bohème. In 2010 he won the Second Prize at the Francisco Viñas International Singing Competition in Barcelona, which brought him his first appearence on the stage of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona as Rodolfo in 2012. Ilincai has also been granted numerous awards, including Soloist of the Year at the Bucharest VIP Gala Awards and the Ludovic Spiess Prize by the Romanian Music Forum (2009), In Memoriam Iosif Sava distinction by Radio Romania Cultural (2010) and the Award of Excellence by Elite Art Club Unesco Romania for being a cultural ambassador for Romania all over the world (2013). He was soon in demand all over the world and has appeared in Paris, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Barcelona, Toulouse, Marseille, Lausanne, Budapest, Dresden, Strasbourg, Santiago de Chile and many other theatres. During the first years of his career, Ilincai concentrated on the lyric repertoire. His most performed roles included Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème, Alfredo in La Traviata, Macduff in Macbeth, Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, and the title role in Gounod’s Faust. He also sang the title role in Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz for his debut at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg. In January of 2015, Ilincai made his debut as Pollione in Norma in Bucharest, which was the beginning of his development into the lirico-spinto repertoire. In the summer of 2015, he sang his first Cavaradossi in Tosca in San Sebastian, followed by his debut as Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana at the Semperoper Dresden. In 2017, he appeared as the title role in Don Carlo at the Opéra de Marseille and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.


In the 2017/18 season, Ilincai debuted at the Royal Theatre of La Monnaie as Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, a role which he also sang at the Hamburg State Opera. He also added the role of Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur to his repertoire at the Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla. In the 2018/19 season, he appeared for the first time with the ABAO in Bilbao as Rodolfo in La Boheme and sing Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, at Vienna State Opera and Royal Opera House. Teodor returned to the Romanian National Opera in Eugene Onegin, Tosca and La Boheme, appeared in concert with Angela Gheorghiu at the Teatro Real and sang in a gala performance of La Bohème at Oper St. Gallen, in Switzerland. He has since appeared as Cavaradossi at the Semperoper Dresden and Staatsoper Berlin opposite Angela Gheorghiu and made his Australian Opera debut in the same role.


Other highlights of recent seasons have included Madama Butterfly in Paris, London, Marseille, Vienna and San Diego, as well his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as MacDuff and Calaf at New National Theatre Tokyo, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Deutsche Oper am Rhein and Don José at the Staatsoper Hamburg.


In March of 2016, Ilincai was conferred the The Order of the Romanian Crown at the Knight Rank by Princess Margareta, who bestowed the honour to the artist at the request of his Majesty King Mihai 1 of Romania. In 2018 he was conferred the Officer Rank of the same Order by Her Majesty Margareta of Romania. Teodor Ilincai resides in Romania and, when not appearing on the opera stage internationally, has also won high praise as a published poet and aphorisms writer (Cromatisme - 2013 and Mozaic – 2019).


"The tenor Teodor Ilincai sang Turiddu with three stars. The Romanian sang Don Carlos in Giuseppe Verdi's opera of the same name at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in June and July. Previously Pinkerton in Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and at the Royal Opera House in London. So he's really making a career, this exceptional singer from Mălini. What charisma this man has, what a natural, clear, effortless, wonderfully pleasant height! And he also sets accents in the lower register with a wonderful timbre. Great. Great!"
Andreas Schmidt -
"Accompanying Ainhoa ​​Arteta as the protagonist was the tenor Teodor Ilincăi as Maurizio, with a lyrical voice and a wide spectrum who effectively put himself at the service of the character, whose character as a heroic conqueror is well reflected in the rich melodic line that the composer dedicates to him."
Gonzallo Roldán Herencia - Bachtrack
"[...] Romanian tenor Teodor Ilincai as Cavaradossi all sing with plenty of volume and beauty of tone; Ilincai’s upper register is spine-tingling and penetrating. [...] Cavaradossi sings ‘O lucevan le stelle’ – a beautiful jewel describing Cavaradossi’s love for life. Ilincai’s voice is warm and fluid and the performance is stylish and heartbreaking. Tosca and Cavaradossi also sing a poignant duet set against the backdrop of their impending doom. Ilincai and Aterta blend beautifully and capture the tragedy of it all. [...]"
Eliza Eggler - Australian Stage

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