11 June 1942 |
Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania
Marina Krilovici (born 11 June 1942) is a famous opera soprano of Romanian birth. Her first teacher and the most important was Mme Vrabiescu-Vatianu. Marina Krilovici completed her studies at the Ciprian Porumbescu music academy in Bucharest. She also received a scholarship to go to Italy and study next to the best coaches, like Maria Caniglia and Luigi Ricci. Her extraordinary talent, musicality and voice distinguished her in many international competitions like George Enescu 1964, Hertogenbosch 1966, Brussels 1966, and Montreal 1967, giving her the 1st prize and gold medal. Debut in 1966 at the National Opera of Bucharest as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. She arrived at the Opera of Bucharest to major achievements in lots from the lyric as the dramatic roles. From 1968–1976 she was a member of the State Opera of Hamburg. In 1971, she decided to defect and settle in Germany.
In 1973, Marina Krilovici became a German citizen. The artist, who was married to the baritone Kostas Paskalis until 1993 (with whom she has two children, Constantin b. 1974, and Alexandra b. 1977) has performed in the biggest theatres of the world: Hamburg, Vienna, Chicago, Metropolitan Opera New York, Covent Garden, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Lisbon, La Fenice, Munich, Montreal. In 1968 and 1969, she was heard at the Opera House in Toronto as Floria Tosca. In the years 1970–1978 she appeared at the Staatsoper in Vienna in roles like Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, Tosca,, and Élisabeth de Valois in Verdi's Don Carlos. In 1972, she performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Santuzza. Other guest appeatances at La Fenice in Venice (1971 as Tosca), the Covent Garden Opera London (1971, Aida, opposite the celebrated Romanian mezzo-soprano Viorica Cortez), the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos (1975 as Manon Lescaut and 1978 as Tosca), the Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg (1976, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin), the Opéra de Monte-Carlo (1979, Élisabeth), La Monnaie (1979, Amelia in Donizetti's Il Duca d'Alba), and the Scottish Opera in Glasgow (1980, Tosca). In 1985–1986, she made a guest appearance at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liege as Tosca. Also a guest in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Mexico City and 1982–1985 several times in Athens, where she sang Leonora in La forza del destino by Verdi.
Marina Krilovici had a very successful career also in the United States, making her debut there in 1972 at the San Francisco Opera as Aida. From 1972–1974, she sang at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Mimi, the tragic heroine of Puccini's La bohème, and as Cio-Cio-San. She sang at the Opera House of New Orleans in 1975 as Tosca and appeared at Miami Opera in 1979 as Élisabeth in Don Carlos. In the seasons 1973–1974 and 1975–1977 she was engaged at the New York Metropolitan Opera where she sang Cio-Cio-San, Giorgetta in Puccini's Il tabarro, and Leonora in Verdi's Il trovatore.
She sang next to the biggest singers (Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Tito Gobbi, José Carreras, Renato Bruson, Nikolai Giaurov, Nicola Ghiuselev, Giangiacomo Guelfi, Fiorenza Cossotto, Shirley Verrett, and Nicola Martinucci) and conductors (Claudio Abbado, Georg Solti, Nello Santi, Stein, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, and many others). Marina Krilovici was not only known for her magnificent voice quality, but her incredible stage presence and personality and her ability to give another dimension to the characters which she interpreted made her performances of Tosca, Butterfly, Aida, and Santuzza really memorable.
In the early 90s, her Greek nationality on her mother's side in addition to her marriage to the great baritone Kostas Paschalis brought her to Athens where she started her collaboration with the Athens National Opera. There, she was very warmly welcomed and loved by the Greek audience. She sang at the Herodion and the Athens Concert Hall. Her new career as a teacher at the Maria Callas Athenaeum Conservatory gives her the opportunity to pass on her international experience to young singers and her devotion and love towards them has made her very successful. Many of her students are already following her steps in big theaters all over the world. She is also participating as a member of the jury in many international competitions and giving master classes in several places in the world.
Notes and references
- Forbes, Elizabeth (1 June 2007). "Obituary: Kostas Paskalis, Warm-toned baritone singer". The Independent. Retrieved 8 October 2009.[dead link]
- Hall, Charles J. (2002). Chronology of Western Classical Music. 1, 1751–1900. Routledge. ISBN 0415942160. OCLC 314332949 ref=harv.
- Ionescu, Claudiu (2003). "Lumea romaneasca: Marina Krilovici". Formula AS (in Romanian) (570). Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- Metropolitan Opera. "Search results for: Krilovici, Marina [Soprano]". MetOpera Database. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "Interview with Krilovici". România literară (42). 23 October 2009.