Detailed CV


Sorin Coliban is born in Bucharest as son of Sofia David-Coliban and Virgil Coliban, graduated the Music Academy, Bucharest, Canto section (singing and singing teacher) in 1995. After the music Academy,he studied  6years(1995-2001) with Georgeta Balan(Romania, Bucharest),

attended the Summer Rossini Specialization at “Rossini Academy in Pesaro”(2001) and studied also short time with Elio Battaglia (Italy,Torino) and Ernesto Palacio (in Pesaro).
*Masterclass with Ileana Cotrubas 1993
*speaks fluently English,French,Italian,German,Romanian

Singer activity


Opera parts (roles performed with staging)




-        Bluebeard from "Bluebeard's Castle" by B. Bartok at the Music Academy, March 1993


-        Figaro from "Le Nozze di Figaro" by W.A. Mozart at the Music Academy, July 1994


-        Baron Wepps from "Vogelhändler" by K. Zeller, at National Operetta Theatre, June 1995


-        Don Giovanni from "Don Giovanni" by W.A.Mozart, the 26th of April 2002, National Opera Theater


-        Ferrando from " Il Trovatore" by G.Verdi, the 21st of April 2002, National Opera Theater


2.Athens, Greece


- Don Giovanni from "Don Giovanni" by W.A. Mozart, in the staging of the Italian bass Ruggero Raimondi, Megaron Hall March 1996


3.London, England


-        Colline from "La Boheme" by G. Puccini - Royal Opera House Covent Garden, October 1996


-        Monterone from "Rigoletto" by G. Verdi - Royal Opera House Covent Garden, July 1997


-        Capulet from "Romeo et Juliette" by Ch. Gounod - Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Feb.-March 2000


4.Edinburgh, Scottland


- Le Frere / Charles Quint from the French version of "Don Carlo" by G. Verdi - Edinburgh Festival  with Royal Opera House Covent Garden, July-Aug.1998


5.Paris, France


-        Zuniga from "Carmen" by G. Bizet - Opera Bastille, March 1997


-        Barone Douphol from "Traviata" by G. Verdi - Bastille, December 1997


-        Angelotti from "Tosca" by G. Puccini - Bastille, February 1998


-        Alidoro from "La Cenerentola" by G. Rossini - Palais Garnier, Sept.-Oct.1998


-        Capelio from "Montecchi" by V. Bellini - Opera Bastille, November 1998


-        Colline from "La Boheme" by G. Puccini - Opera Bastille, Nov.-Dec.1999


-        Wagner, Zeremonienmeister, Gravis from "Doktor Faust" by F. Bussoni - Opera Theatre du Chatelet, broadcasted on France Musique, Jan.-Febr.2000


6.San Francisco, California, USA


-        Bartolo from "Le Nozze di Figaro" by W.A. Mozart - War Memorial Opera House, Oct.-Nov.1997


-        Raimondo from "Lucia di Lamermoor" by G. Donizetti - War Memorial Opera House, Oct.-Nov.1999


7.Monte Carlo,Monaco


- Zuniga from "Carmen" by G. Bizet - Monte Carlo Opera, January 1999




- Colline from "La Boheme" by G. Puccini - Santiago Opera; the last performance was TV broadcasted in the whole Latin America, July 1999


9.Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka-Japan


- Zuniga from "Carmen" by G.Bizet - Tour with Monte Carlo Opera, June 2000


10.St.Gallen, Switzerland


- Fiesco from "Simon Boccanegra" by G. Verdi, St.Gallen Theater, March, June 2001


11.Tel Aviv, Israel


-        Alidoro from "La Cenerentola" by G.Rossini, at the New Israeli Opera, April, May 2001


-        Judas and Bass arias from "Matthaeus Passion" by J.S.Bach with the staging of Götz Friederich  at the New Israeli Opera , February,2002


12.Klagenfurt, Austria


- Filippo II from "Don Carlo" by G.Verdi , Stadtheater Klagenfurt ,October-December 2001

-Lo zio Bonzo in "Madama Butterfly" by G. Puccini ,Stadtheater Klagenfurt 


13.Pesaro, Italy


-        Lord Sidney from "Il Viaggio a Reims" by G.Rossini at the Rossini Opera Festival , Pala Festival, August 2001


-        Two bass roles in the "Il mondo delle Farse" Productions at the Rossini Opera Festival ,Teatro Rossini, July-August 2002, Pesaro, Italy




-        Don Magnifico from "La Cenerentola" by G.Rossini with Vest Norges Opera , Bergen, Norway, July 2002


-        Angelotti and Sciarrone from "Tosca" by Puccini with Vest Norges Opera, Bergen, Norway, August 2004


-        Guglielmo from "Cosi fan tutte" by W.A.Mozart in July 2006 , VNO , Bergen


-        Ferrando from "Il Trovatore" by G.Verdi in August 2006 , VNO , Bergen


15.Luzern, Switzerland, Luzerner Theater and Luzern Festival


- Sept. 2002 – June 2004 fix contract with roles:


-        Mose from "Mose" by Rossini / 


-        Macbeth in "Macbeth" by Salvatore Sciarrino /


-        Der Holländer in"Der fliegende Holländer" by Wagner(This part was in collaboration with the Luzern Festival) / First production with a R.Wagner Opera in Luzerner Theater after 40 Years.


-        Scarpia excerpts from "Tosca" by G. Puccini 


-        Sarastro, Zweite geharnischte Mann, Sprecher in "Die Zauberflöte" by W.A. Mozart


-        Die Mutter from "Die sieben Totsünden " by K.Weil


16. Wien, Austria


-        Lo zio Bonzo from"Madame Butterfly" by G.Puccini in the Wiener Festwochen ,Mai 2003


-        Monterone from "Rigoletto" by G.Verdi at the Staatsoper, September 2004 and November 2006


-        Komtur from "Don Giovanni" by W.A.Mozart (german version) at the Volksoper,October 2004


-        Archelaos from "Der König Kandaules" by Al. Zemlinski at the Volksoper , Nov-Dec 2004


-        Zuniga from "Carmen" by G.Bizet (german version) at the Volksoper , February-March 2005


-        Zio Bonzo from "Madame Butterfly" by G.Puccini at the Volksoper , April -May 2005


-        Erster Priester& Zweite geharnischte Mann from "Die Zauberflöte" by W.A.Mozart at the Volksoper , June 2005


-        Le Grand Inquisiteur in "Don Carlos "by G.Verdi at the Staatsoper Vienna in June 2007


-        Der Justiziär (F. Engel) from "Der Evangelimann" by W.Kienzl at the Volksoper  in 2006 and 2007


-        Timur from "Turandot" by G.Puccini at the Volksoper  Oct.-Nov. 2006


-        Eremit from "Der Freischütz" by C.M von Weber at the Volksoper Vienna in 2007


-        Bartolo from "Le nozze di Figaro" by W.A. Mozart at the Volksoper  in 2005, 2006 and 2007,Staatsoper in 2009,2011,2012


-        Der Bauer from "Die Kluge" (The wise woman) by Carl Orff at the Volksoper in April 2007


-        La Voce di Nettuno in "Idomeneo" by W.A.Mozart in the Neue Oper Wien at Theater an der Wien in February 2007


-        Tommaso in “Tiefland” by E. D´Albert in Volksoper Vienna , October-november 2007, March 2010


-        Basilio in “Il barbiere di Seviglia” by G.Rossini in the Volksoper Wien , April – June 2008 and Staatsoper in 2010 , 2011


-        Fasolt and Fafner in "Das Rheingold" by R.Wagner , New Production under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst and the staging of Sven Eric Bechtolf ,Staatsoper Wien,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017

-       Fafner in "Siegfried" by R. Wagner at Wiener Staatsoper 2016,2017


-       Melitone in "La forza del destino" by G.Verdi ,Staatsoper Wien ,2008,2009,2010


-       Geronte di Ravoir in "Manon Lescaut" by G.Puccini , Staatsoper Wien , November 2010


-       Fafner in "Nibelungenring für Kinder" from R.Wagner´s Ring ,Staatosper Wien 2011.


-       Sarastro and Sprecher  in "Die Zauberflöte" by W.A.Mozart ,Staatsoper Wien,2008,2009,2010,2011,2013,2016


-       Angelotti in "Tosca" by G.Puccini , Staatsoper Wien, 2009,2010,2011


-       Il Commendatore in "Don Giovanni" by W.A.Mozart , Staatsoper Wien May 2011


-      Landgraf Herman in "Tannhäuser"  by R. Wagner  at Vienna State Opera under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst and Bertrand de  Billy 2012.2013


-     Ramfis in " Aida" by G. Verdi at Vienna State Opera 2013,2015,2016


-     Filippo II in " Don Carlo" by G. Verdi at Vienna State Opera 2015


-     Police Chief in "Lady Macbeth from Mtzensk" by D. Shostakovich Vienna State Opera 2015


-     Raimondo in "Lucia di Lammermoor" by G. Donizetti Vienna State Opera 2012


-    Alidoro in "La Cenerentola" by G. Rossini at Vienna State Opera 2014


-    Gremin in " Eugene Oneghin " by P.I. Tchaikovski at Vienna State Opera with Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovski 2012

-   Timur in "Turandot" by G.Puccini , conductor Mestro Alfred Eschwé , director Renaut Doucet in June 2022 at Volksoper Vienna 


 and much more  : Capulet in " Romeo et Juliette" , Gonzalo in "The Tempest " by Th. Ades, Tom in  "Un Ballo in maschera ", Colline in " La Boheme" , Surin in  "Pique Dame" , Lodovico in " Otello" etc



17.Gars am Kamp,Austria


- Escamillo in "Carmen" by Bizet ,Openair Summer Festival, July-August 2003


18.La Coruna , Spain


-        Commendatore in "Don Giovanni" by Mozart , Mozart Festival La Coruna,

         May 2005


-        Sarastro in “Der Zauberflöte” by Mozart , Mozart Festival La Coruna , July 2007  


19. Düsseldorf , Germany


- Le Grand Inquisiteur in "Don Carlos" by G.Verdi - french version- at Deutsche Oper am Rhein , March-April 2005


20. Retz , Austria


- Der Lautsprecher in "Der Kaiser von Atlantis" by Viktor Ullmann , Retz Festival -first edition , July 2005


21.Basel, Switzerland


- Le Grand Inquisiteur in "Don Carlos "by G.Verdi, Theater Basel in March 2007.Staging of Calixto Bieito


22.Bregenz, Austria


- Ramfis from "Aida" by G.Verdi in Bregenz Festival , in the Staging for the  Lake stage by Graham Vick ,Summers 2009 and 2010


- The Archbishop from "King Roger" by K.Szimanovsky , staging of David Pountney and conductor Sir. Mark Elder


23. Craiova Romania


-    Don Giovanni in " Don Giovanni" by W. A. Mozart in the Elena Theodorini Opera House under baton of  Myron Michailidis November 2015

-    Don Pasquale in " Don Pasquale"  by G. Donizett in the Cercul Militar Craiova unde the Maestro Walter Attanasi  june 2016


24. Bayreuth Germany


- Fafner in " Rheingold" and "Siegfried" by R. Wagner at the Bayreuth Festival under the baton of Maestro Kirill Petrenko and the staging of Frank Castorf the bicentennial new production from 2013 , 2014


25. St. Margarethen, Austria


- Sparafucile in " Rigoletto" by G. Verdi under Maestra Anja Bihlmaier and the staging of Philippe Arlaud at the Summer Opera Festival in the Quary St. Margarethen 2017

- Timur in "Turandot" by G. Puccini , Maestro Giuseppe Finzi and the staging of Thaddeus Strassberger , June- August 2021


26. Milano , Italy 

  - First Soldier in "Salome" by R. Strauss , new staging by Damiano Michieletto and conducto Maestro Riccardo Chailly February 2021 at Teatro alla Scala , live broadcasted in Italian TV and online

  - Sam in "Un ballo in maschera" by G. Verdi , new production under the baton of Maestro Nicola Luisotti and produced by Marco Arturo Marelli , May 2022 at Teatro alla Scala

  - Gonzalo in "The Tempest" by Thomas Adès , conductor Maestro Thomas Adès and staged by Robert Lepage at La Teatro alla Scala , November 2022


27.Aarhus , Denmark 

  - Ramfis from "Aida" by G.Verdi under the baton of Maestri Jakob Hultberg and Christopher Lichtenstein and directed by Roland Schwab ,produced by The Danish National Opera -Aarhus on tour in Odense , Copenhagen, Aarhus, Vejle , Aalborg etc. Sept-December 2021 

28.Budapest , Hungary

  - Fasolt from "Das Rheingold" by R. Wagner under the baton of Maestro Adam Fischer , staged at MÜPA Budapest , Wagner Days Festival June 2015 and June 2022

  - Hunding from "Die Walküre" by R. Wagner under the baton of Maestro Adam Fischer staged at MÜPA Budapest , Wagner Days Festival June 2022 



- König Heinrich from Lohengrin by R. Wagner conductor Maestro Xu Zhong and staging Kornel Mundruzko , 17.19-.09.2023 at Shanghai Grand Theatre , Shanghai Opera chorus and orchestra.



Opera in concert




-Alvaro from "Alzira" by G. Verdi - Royal Opera House Covent Garden, July 1996


-Il Frate / Carlo Quinto from "Don Carlo" by G. Verdi - Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Opera House orchestra and chorus; live broadcast on BBC 3, July 1996,in THE PROMS


-Procida from "Les Vespres Siciliens" by G. Verdi - Opera in concert in Queen Elizabeth Hall, March 1999


-Bernadino from "Benvenuto Cellini" by H. Berlioz - Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Royal Festival Hall, May 1999


2.Amsterdam and Rotterdam


- Bernardino from "Benvenuto Cellini" by H. Berlioz - Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Concertgebouw and De           Doelen; the concert in Amsterdam was broadcasted on VARA-Radio Netherlands, May 1999


3.Tel Aviv


-Masetto from "Don Giovanni" by W.A.Mozart -  Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, during a tour in Israel, conducted by Antonio Pappano , April 2000


4.Bucharest, Romania


-Fiesco from "Simon Boccanegra"by G.Verdi with the Romanian Radio Orchestra / the first performance with this opera in Romania, 22nd June 2001


-Banquo from "Macbeth"by G.Verdi with the Romanian Radio Orchestra / the first performance with this opera in Bucharest, 20st February 2003


-  Fafner in "Das Rheingold " and "Siegfried" by R. Wagner under Maestro Marek Janowski and with Simphonieorkester Berlin at the "International festival G. Enescu" 2013


5. Odense , Denmark


-  Fafner in " Siegfried" by R Wagner with Odense Symfoni Orkester under Maestro Alexander Vedernikov September 2016


6. Suzhou , China 

- König Heinrich from Lohengrin by R. Wagner conductor Maestro Xu Zhong  , 09.09.2023 at Suzhou Grand Concert Hall, Shanghai Opera chorus and Suzhou Simphony Orchestra.


Oratorio Vocal Simphonic


1.Lyon ,France


Bass solo in Recviem by G.Verdi , with Orchestre National de Lyon, june2004


2.Bucharest , Romania


-Elias from oratorio "Elias" by F.Mendelsohn-Bartoldy with the Romanian Philarmonic Orchestra, June 2002


-Bass solo in Requiem by G.Verdi at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Hall , June2001


-Jesus in “Johannes Passion” by Bach ,with the Romanian Philarmonic Orchestra , April 1999


-Bass solo in Sinfonie Nr.9 by L. van Beethoven in “International Festival George Enescu” under Z.Mehta in September2005


- Bass Solo and Pater Profundus in The 8 th Simphony by G. Mahler  under baton of  Maestro Cornelius Meister at the "International Festival G. Enescu" 2015


3. Bruxelles ,Anvers-Belgium


-Bass solo in “Requiem canticles” by Stravinsky with Orchestre de la Monnaie,April 1998


4.Dresden, Germany


-Bass solo in Sinfonie Nr 8 in Es-dur by G.Mahler in Dresden with Dresdner Philharmonie under Rafael Frübeck de Burgos in September 2007


5. Vienna Austria


- Bass Solo in " Requiem" by G. Verdi und Maestro Antal Barnas in the Big Hall of the Musikverein Vienna 2017

            6. Hamburg , Germany 

           - Satan , Ange de la mort from "Les Béatitudes" by C. Franck conductor      

            Maestro Matthias Janz with Bremer Philharmoniker and Symphonischer 
            Chor Hamburg at Elb Philharmonie 23. February. 2020 



Roles covered




-Phillippe II from "Don Carlos" by G. Verdi - Royal Opera House Covent Garden, July 1996 , for Jose van Dam


-Don Giovanni from "Don Giovanni" by W.A. Mozart - Royal Opera House Covent Garden, November 1996 ,for Sir Thomas Allen


-Fiesco from "Simon Boccanegra" by G. Verdi - Royal Opera House Covent Garden, July 1997,for Jaakko Ryhänen


-Philippe II from "Don Carlos" by G. Verdi - Edinburgh Festival with Royal Opera House Covent Garden, July-Aug. 1998 , for Ferruccio Furlanetto


-Le Grand Iquisiteur from "Don Carlos" by G. Verdi - Edinburgh Festival with Royal Opera House Covent Garden, July-Aug.1998 , for Kurt Rydl


-Frere Laurent in “Romeo et Juliette” by C.Gounod at Royal Opera House, March-February 2000 , for Alastair Miles




-Le Grand Inqusiteur from “Don Carlos” by Verdi - Staatsoper Wien , Oct-Nov 2004 , for Simon Yang


- King Marke in " Tristan und Isolde" ,King Heinrich  in " Lohengrin" , Oroveso in "Norma" by Bellini , Don Pasquale , Orest  in " Elektra", ,Pimen in " Boris Godunov" , Ferrando in " Trovatore" , Timur in " Turandot" , Philippe II in " Don Carlos" , Don Magnifico in " La Cenerentola", Rocco in " Fidelio" etc  in the Staatsoper Wien 2005-2018


Recordings and Cinema


-Sciarrone from "Tosca" by G.Puccini DVD and CD with EMI - Classics London / Euripide Film Productions,2000-2001, conductor Maestro Antonio Pappano and directed by Benoit Jaquot , Film presented in the Venice Film Festival in 2002


-Archbishop from “Krol Roger” by Szimanowsky , conductor Maestro Mark Elder and stagind of David Pountney  DVD with Bregenz Festival in 2009

 - Sparafucile from "Rigoletto" by G.Verdi DVD from live performance at Opera in the Quarry , St. Margarethen , Austria , June 2017

- Tom from "Un ballo in maschera" by G. Verdi , Vienna State Opera  live CD , conductor Jesus Lopez- Cobos , with Dmitri Hvorostovski,  Krassimira Stoyanova , Nadia Krasteva ,Hila Fahima etc also part of a big box with recordings celebrating 150 years of Vienna State Opera

- Angelotti from Tosca by G. Puccini , live DVD conductor Maestro Marco Armiliato with Piotr Beczala , Karine Babajanyan , Carlos Alvarez , Vienna State Opera 2019 

- Der Raabe from Persinette by austrian composer Albin Fries in world Premiere at the State Opera in Vienna , Maestro Guillermo Garcia Calvo staging by Matthias von Stegmann , 2019 . Live  DVD Published in 2023 by Belvedere.


- Der Feenkönig from " Die Feen" by R. Wagner children version DVD from Vienna State Opera under Maestra Kathleen Kelly  2012


- Der Schlossherr from "Fatima" by Johanna Doderer , conductor Maestro Benjamin Bayl and staging by Henry Mason , DVD Recorded live in December 2015 from the main Stage of the Vienna State Opera


- Solo parts in Erwin Schrott solo CD Arias  Sony Classical 2013


Awards and other activity


-Finalist from the 39th Toulouse Singing Competition, September 1992


 -The Romanian Board of Critics Prize for lieder interpretation, November 1993


 -First prize on Don Giovanni Competition, in Athens - Greece; performances with Don Giovanni's role, November 1994


-Verdi concert at the Concert Hall of the Romanian Broadcasting in Bucharest, with other international Romanian singers and broadcast live in the whole   Romania, arias from Macbeth and Don Carlo, February 9th 2001


-R.Wagner concert with piano in R.Wagner ´s haus in Luzern in 2002-


-He also had sung a lot of lieder concerts in Romania and Austria (For Example french and Romanian lieder concert in Casino Baden , December 2006).


-He had sung in a concert with arias and duos among other singers (Patricia Petibon, Frank Ferrari , Hadar Halevi) on the stage of Palais Garnier Paris for ” La fete de la Musique” in 1997


- Solo Lied Recital with pianist Kathleen  Kelly in the Musikverein Vienna with French, German , Romanian , Austrian  and Russian program 2013.




He had sung under the baton of Bernard Haitink , Alberto Zedda, Franz Welser-Möst , Seiji Ozawa ,Antonio Pappano, Bruno Campanella, Daniele Gatti, Donald Runnicles, Gary Bertini, James Conlon, Kent Nagano, Princhas Steinberg, Richard Bonynge, Valery Gergiev. He had acted with partners as Angela Gheorghiu, Leontina Vaduva, Eduard Tumagian, Alfredo Mariotti, Bryn Terfel, Ruggero Raimondi , Enzo Dara, Feruccio Furlanetto, Jennifer Larmore, Jose Van Dam, Karita Mattila,Galina Gortchakova, Maria Guleghina, Ramon Vargas, Robert Lloyd, Roberto Alagna, Thomas Hampson,Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky etc. He co-operated with directors as Giancarlo del Monaco, Emilio Sagi , Jerome Savary , Alfredo Arias, Robert Carsen, Graziela Sciutti, Jonathan Miller, Luc Bondi, Nicolas Joel , Benoit Jaquot , Marco Arturo Marelli, Diethmar Pflegerl , Josef Köpplinger ,Olivier Tambosi etc.