Romanian tenor Bogdan Mihai trained in Italy under the guidance of legendary soprano Mirella Freni, who awarded him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship. He also obtained his Masters Diploma in Belcanto at the Transylvania University in Brasov, Romania with soprano Mariana Nicolesco.
In 2008 he appeared to great acclaim at Bucharest National Opera as Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Don Ramiro La Cenerentola; Ugo Parisina D'Este; Tamas Gemma di Vergy; and Ernesto Don Pasquale, and an international career quickly followed. In 2009 he made his debut with Staatsoper Stuttgart under David Parry as Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia and then as the Italian Singer in Stuttgart’s highly acclaimed production of Der Rosenkavalier. He then made his UK debut in a new production of Rossini’s Armida at Garsington Opera. The success of his Garsington debut led to an invitation to appear in recital in London as part of the prestigious Rosenblatt Recital series.
Recent highlights have included debuts at Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, all as Almaviva; Adelberto Adelaide di Borgogna at the prestigious Rossini Festival in Pesaro; and the title role in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira at the Martina Franca Festival. The latter two productions have been released on DVD. Mihai also made debuts at the Zurich Opera as Ernesto Don Pasquale with Ruggiero Raimondi in the title role and under the baton of Nello Santi, and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, as Nemorino L’Elisir d’amore. He appeared as Don Ramiro in a new production of La Cenerentola for Staatsoper Stuttgart and as Ernesto in a new production of Don Pasquale by Brigitte Fassbender at Cuvilliestheater in Munich.
On the concert platform, Mihai has sung with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra and choir, the George Enescu Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra at the Romanian Atheneum, and made his highly acclaimed debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in Rossini’s La Scala di Seta. At the invitation of star soprano Angela Gheorghiu he also appeared in a series of concerts at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Last season included a return to Don Ramiro La Cenerentola at Staatsoper Stuttgart and in a new production for Opéra National du Rhin, and his debut as Edmondo Manon Lescaut with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Festival and at the Philharmonie Berlin. He performed the role of Dorvil La Scala di Seta with Orchestre National d'Ile de France at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and as Belfiore Il Viaggio a Reims at the prestigious Rossini im Wildbad Festival, which is slated for CD release under the Naxos label.
In the 2014/15 season Bogdan Mihai makes a series of significant house debuts at Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona, Opera de Oviedo and his North American debut at Opéra de Montréal, all with his signature role of Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He then takes on the role of Paris in a new production of the iconic Offenbach operetta La Belle Helene at Théâtre du Châtelet. Other notable highlights include his return at Staatsoper Stuttgart as Almaviva and Ernesto Don Pasquale at Royal Opera House of Muscat, with Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the legendary Ruggiero Raimondi.Bogdan Mihai is represented by Intermusica.
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Cavalier Belfiore Il viaggio a Reims / Belcanto Opera Festival
Cond. Antonino Fogliani Dir. Jochen Schönleber
“Mihai tries to seduce her with his bright tenor and long, clean runs”
“Mihai sie mit hellem Tenor und sauber geführten Höhen zu verführen versucht”
Thomas Molke, Online Music Magazin, July 2014
Edmondo Manon Lescaut / Baden-Baden Easter Festival
Cond. Sir Simon Rattle
“The delicious Bodgan Mihai as Edmondo, with a tenor voice… supple and accurate.”
Laurent Barthel, Concerto Net, April 2014
“The young tenors were all the more attractive, Bodgan Mihai as Edmondo and Krešimir Špicer as the dance teacher: clear, precise voices with personality.”
Dr. Kevin Clarke, Klassik.com, April 2014
Don Ramiro La Cenerentola / Strasbourg
Cond. Enrique Mazzola Dir. Sandrine Anglade
“With his light, virtuosic touch, the Romanian tenor had already made an impression in Stuttgart’s recent new production of La Cenerentola, but here his phrasing seemed still more refined and his top notes more daring.”
Rolf Fath, Opera, February 2014
Don Ramiro La Cenerentola / Oper Stuttgart
“…brilliant young Romanian tenor Bogdan Mihai.”
Anne Suply, l`Alsace, November 2013
Adelberto Adelaide di Borgogna in Rossini DVD
Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro
“… Bogdan Mihai’s Adelberto, whose superb timbre would have the capacity to steal the show from any title role, and yet who takes the role as an actor with an awareness and commendable modesty...”
Tutti Magazine, July 2013
“Romanian tenor Bogdan Mihai (Adelberto), boasts exceptional flexibility… and he seems fearless in coping with extremes of range… the surface of his tone is very clean and Mihai also sings remarkably clear text. Tall and quite slim, he also boasts a notably vivid stage presence."
Roger Pines, International Record Review, May 2013
Ernesto Don Pasquale / Donizetti
“…Bogdan Mihai in the difficult vocal part of Ernesto, sings wonderfully lyrical and fills his role as a languid young lover, excellent...”
NachtSchatten, October 2012
“…Bogdan Mihai (Ernesto) who led his bright tenor voice stylistically impeccable..."
Abendzeitung Munich, October 2012
“…The Ernesto of Bogdan Mihai gives a slight, deeply colored tenor who brings the audience to melt..."
Crescendo (Germany), October 2012
“The duet of Anja-Nina Bahrmann and Bogdan Mihai is the highlight of the evening. Mihai is a delicate tenor stylist with teen charm, who aims at subtle enchantment ..."
Merkur Online (Munich), October 2012
"...Bogdan Mihai can be considered a stroke of luck for Ernesto: a slim, convincing teen unconditional lover with a classic bel canto Tenorino - delicate, sweet, agile, squeaky clean..."
NMZ Online, October 2012
Adelberto Adelaide di Borgogna / Rossini
Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro
“Bogdan Mihai in the role of Adelberto, who has shone for the beautiful way of being on stage facing an acute vocal virtuosity: the first act duet with Ottone and the air Ascolto i gemiti del genitore from the second act was well-resolved with soft attacks and without forcing the voice that is very flexible and capable of colorurs the upper middle...”
Opera Magazine, August 2011
“Our sympathies were with young Romanian tenor Bogdan Mihai as Adelberto whose vocal and histrionic innocence won us over to his father’s side...”
Opera Today, August 2011
“Another outstanding vocal performance came from Bogdan Mihai, the handsome Romanian tenor, whose immense range and rich vocal colours proved equal to the virtuoso demands of Adelberto’s stop-the-show aria, Grida, o natura...”
Seen and Heard International, August 2011
“Bogdan Mihai (Adelberto) is a great arrival in the field of Rossinian tenors...”
Il Giornale della musica, August 2011
Aureliano Palmira / Rossini
Festival Della Valle D’Itria, Martina Franca
“The young tenor Bogdan Mihai, with beautiful timbre clear and powerful Aureliano”
Drammaturgia.it, August 2011
“Tenor Bogdan Mihai, ringing voice and secure authority imbued that the character has to express”
La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, July 2011
Goffredo Armida / Rossini
Garsington Opera Festival
“The Act 3 trio for tenors (Victor Ryan Robertson, Bogdan Mihai, David Alegret) has a show-stopping quality…”
Andrew Clark, Financial Times, June 2010
“For such a young singer, Bogdan Mihai’s Goffredo had vocal authority and physical presence. Nice richness to his voice which will serve him well”
Opera Today, June 2012
Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Rossini
“A delightful discovery is Bogdan Mihai as Count Almaviva. With him everything fits in that role. He is young – a visible difference in age and attitude to Bartolo, good – looking, singing the coloratura with ease and developing immense comic talent”
Musiktheater Staatsoper Stuttgart, October 2009
“Bogdan Mihai, the new king of coloratura”
Tamino Klassik, April 2009
“The Romanian tenor Bogdan Mihai, a beautiful voice. High Class...”
Sur-kultur, March 2009