An international baritone has died, aged 85

An international baritone has died, aged 85


norman lebrecht

August 31, 2015

Dan Iordachescu, the leading Romanian baritone who sang opposite Pavarotti and Domingo at La Scala, Paris and Vienna, has died after a long illness. He made more that 1,000 appearances on the international stage.

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  • Martin Bernheimer says:

    I can find no record of his having sung at the Met. Any clues?

    • norman lebrecht says:

      Maybe it was another US house. The cv was vague.

    • George Murnu says:

      Indeed. Mr. Iordachescu (sometimes spelled Jordachescu) did not sing at the Met. He did not have a big US career but he did sing at important European opera houses.

      One should note that both his daughters are opera singers, one of them, Irina having sung under Riccardo Muti.

      Here’s the delightful duet from Don Pasquale with Dan Iordachescu and Constantin Gabor, the leading Romanian basso buffo of his era. The duet is sung in Romanian:

      • David Shengold says:

        He sang 8 times at the Wiener Staatsoper in the years 1973 and 1974. Could find no mention in the Scala Archives.

        Often if someone sang a concert at Carnegie Hall or with a touring orchestra in New York they will put “New York” in their bio–and later obit writers will assume they sang at the Met.

  • Franz Muzzano says:

    He sang in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, L.A. and all over in Europe.

    Just read my paper about this fantastic singer (sorry, in french…)

  • Sanda Schuldmann says:

    I grew up with him. Loved his voice. May he RIP