He was a leading Romanian tenor of his day, famous in Europe for his exceptional career. He was born on November 21st.,1895 in Lugoj (Romania). He studied with Maestro Ion Vidu. During the First World War Grozavescu was artillery officer in the Austro-Hungarian army. He made his debut in Cluj as Pinkerton in ''Madama Butterfly''. In 1922, he made a sensational debut at the Viennese Volksoper. He sang there until 1923. There he take vocal lessons from Franz Steiner. He performed under such conductors as Richard Strauss and Arturo Toscanini. He successfully went on tour to Berlin 1923-25, and Prague (1924). In 1926, he made a successful debut at the Vienna Staatsoper as Rodolfo with Lotte Lehmann. His repertory included "The Magic Flute", "Der Meistersinger", "Aida", "Carmen", and "Tosca". He was renowned for his good looks as well as his voice, and had a number of affairs. One night, while boarding a train for a concert date in Berlin, Grozavescu was shot and killed by his wife in a fit of jealous rage. His career reached the top when he was asked to concert at Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1927. In Romania there are several streets and monuments named for him, as well as the Municipal Theatre of Lugoj.
Cronology of appearance
1926 Vienna Staatsoper Madama Butterfly (Pinkerton)