11. December, 2013|2013, Vol 2 Issue 2013|No comments

Corneliu SOLOVĂSTRU jr.

Abstract: The master David Ohanesian is part of the great baritone triad together with Octav Enigărescu and Nicolae Herlea. They are all taught by the great baritone and teacher Aurel Costescu-Duca, worshiped by David Ohanesian, who has always called him “an artist teacher.” Aurel Costescu-Duca’s teacher was Dimitrie Popovici-Bayreuth – a titan of singing and of vocal pedagogy.

“I owe the city of Cluj a great deal when it comes to my artistic training,” cheerfully remembers David Ohanesian in his memories, and the central figure of the time he spent in Cluj was the unforgettable Dinu Bădescu.

In 1958 he already knew the score of the Oedipus opera by George Enescu, which was to become, as the master recognized, his dearest work from the repertoire, following Paul Constantinescu’s work, the Enescian masterpiece and it represented “the supreme satisfaction of my artistic career.” I was borne to sing Oedipus. Oedipus was the role of my life. My entire biography is centred around Enescu’s work. “Oedipus represents the quintessence of my career,” said David Ohanesian in a radio show entitled “Our musicians reveal themselves,” on February 9, 1979.

Although he sang on the greatest scenes of the world, and a greater period in Germany, David Ohanesian was always glad to come back to his country. Besides being one of the greatest opera interpreters of this country, he was also a great patriot.

If I were to sum up in one word the great art of the knowledge of singing, I would use the same term as Ohanesian and that is respect. Respect for his great personality, for the musical theatre, for the score, for the public and for the moral laws.

Keywords: Ohanesian, Oedipus, baritone, opera, career.

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