In March of 2004, Julian Rodescu earned rave reviews for his debut performances at London’s Covent Garden. He got similar raves for Fafner in Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Dresden and Bilbao. The Dresden Ring Cycle, conducted by Semyon Bychkov and directed by Willy Decker, was completed in 2004. His debuts in Madrid (in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtensk), Naples, Los Angeles and Tel Aviv brought more praise. Mr. Rodescu has recorded for EMI, RCA, Erato and Albany Records.
Mr. Rodescu made his La Scala debut in 1991 as Titurel in Parsifal, with Riccardo Muti conducting. He was invited back to sing Fafner in Siegfried in 1997, also with Maestro Muti. He has also appeared in Florence’s Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron under the baton of Zubin Mehta. Over the last few years, Mr. Rodescu has performed at the Maggio Musicale with conductors Zubin Mehta and Semyon Bychkov, and directors Jonathan Miller and Lev Dodin.
Among important orchestral appearances, Mr. Rodescu performed Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia and at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony in Boston, Carnegie Hall and at Tanglewood, and took part in the world premiere performances of Shostakovich’s Rayok with Maestro Rostropovich and the National Symphony in Washington, DC and Carnegie Hall. In 1999 he sang and recorded Zemlinsky’s Der Traumgorge with James Conlon and the Köln Gurzenich-Orchester.
Mr. Rodescu has appeared several times at the New York City Opera as Sarastro in The Magic Flute and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. He has performed Sarastro with the Miami, Knoxville and Central City Operas. He made his debut with the Opera Company of Philadelphia in Bellini’s I Puritani, and has since appeared as Colline in Puccini’s La Boheme.
Mr. Rodescu has been active as a voice teacher in the Philadelphia area, as well as internationally. He has given master classes at the Curtis Institute, Temple University, Bucknell University, Boston University, University of Massachusetts, at the Teatro Réal in Madrid and in Florence, Italy. He is co-founder of the annual Florence Voice Seminar, a three-week collaboration between some faculty members of Swarthmore College, Westminster Choir College of Rider University and New York University. Mr. Rodescu has also taught a number of professional singers who have sung major roles with opera companies in Philadelphia, New York, Munich, Florence, Milan, Wexford and many more. He has been invited to do a master class for the Vilar Young Artists Program at London’s Covent Garden.
Mr. Rodescu is a member of the board of directors of Astral Artistic Services, where he serves as Program Director. He is also on the board of directors of Orchestra 2001. He has served as a judge on the panels of the Marian Anderson Competition, the Greenfield Competition of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Delaware Young Artists Competition, and Astral Artistic Services Annual Auditions. He will serve as judge for the Naumburg International Voice Competition in New York in 2005.
Mr. Rodescu received his bachelor’s and Master degrees from the Juilliard School in New York. His principal teacher has been Giorgio Tozzi. Other teachers and coaches have included Daniel Ferro, Beverley Peck Johnson, Hans Hotter, Richard Trimbourne, Martin Isepp, Luigi Ricci, Valery Ryvkin, among others.