Forgotten Opera Singers

Forgotten Opera Singers

Apr 10, 2015

Gheorghe Folescu (Bass/Baritone) (Slobozia Noua, Romania 1884 - Bucharest, Romania 1939)


He received his education at the Bucharest Conservatory and was there a pupil of Demeter Popovici. In 1911 he made his debut at the Opera in Brasov (Kronstadt) as Alfio in ‘’Cavalleria Rusticana’’ and remained active at this house till 1913. Since 1914 he was a member of the National Opera of Bucharest and counted as one of the most significant Roumanian singers of his time. He was involved decisively in the development of the Roumanian opera life. His repertoire included Don Giovanni, Osmin in ‘’Entführung aus dem Serail’’, Mephisto ‘’Faust’’, Cardinal in ‘’La Juive’’, Boris Godunov, Ramphis in ‘’Aida’’, Scarpia in ‘’Tosca’’, Mefistofele in A. Boito’s opera of the same name. At the same time he was a respected concert and oratorio singer, a popular interpreter of the Roumanian folk song and perceived later a professor at the Bucharest Conservatory. He considered to be one of the founders of opera in Romania. He committed suicide in 1939: C.Buescu: ‘’Georghe Folescu’’ (Bucharest, 1966).

Chronology of some appearances 

1911 Brasov Opera
1914 Bucharest National Opera


Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky): Testamentul D16231 HX167
Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky): Monolog D16231 HX168
Faust (Gounod): Serenade D15733 H1734
Faust (Gounod): Balada D15733 H1735

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