Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea shot to prominence in 2015 when he was crowned winner of the much-coveted Operalia competition, where he was awarded the First Prize in both Opera and Zarzuela categories. Since then he has performed on the stages of Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Zurich Opera, Opera de Paris, Frankfurt Opera, Opera de Monte-Carlo, Choregies d’Orange, Bayerische Staatsoper and Hamburg Opera.
Highlights of the 2021/22 season include an anticipated return to Staatsoper Hamburg as Edgardo Lucia di Lammermoor; Ferrando Così fan tutte for his company debut with Semperoper Dresden; as well a major role debut, the title role in a new production of Werther at his home company in Wiesbaden. His roles there also include Ferrando Così fan tutte and Don Ramiro La Cenerentola and on the concert platform he sings Mozart’s Mass in C at the Enescu Festival.
Successes in the 2020/21 season included his debut with Bayerische Staatsoper as Ferrando in Dieter Dorn’s production of Così fan tutte; Chevalier Des Grieux in a new production of Manon in Hamburg and Rinuccio in a new Trittico in Wiesbaden. Further recent highlights include Ernesto in new production of Don Pasquale at Royal Opera House, a role debut as Arturo I Puritani at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Hotea was also invited to perform Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi during the Spring Festival in Tokyo and Tonio La Fille du Regiment with Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
Further recent engagements saw him perform Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Staatsoper Stuttgart, Opera National de Rhin, Wiener Staatsoper, Greek National Opera and Choregies d’Orange; Nemorino L’elisir d’amore at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Elvino La Sonnambula at Oper Frankfurt; Ernesto Don Pasquale at Oper Zurich. Staatsoper Stuttgart and Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Des Grieux Manon at Greek National Opera; Cassio Otello at Opera de Monte-Carlo; and Tebaldo I Capuleti ed i Montecchi at Opera National de Paris. In Wiesebaden his roles included Dex Grieux, Ernesto, Alfredo La Traviata, Ferrando Così Fan Tutte, Nemorino, Duca Rigoletto, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Tamino Die Zauberflöte and Don Ramiro La Cenerentola.
Born in Baia Mare, Romania, Hotea is a graduate of the Bucharest Music Academy. He made his professional debut at the age of 21 as Nemorino and was immediately engaged as a soloist of the Romanian National Opera of Bucharest where his roles included Alfredo, Almaviva and Don Ottavio. A prize winner in several competitions he was also awarded the Grand Prize of the International Contest Hariclea Darclée in 2015. He currently resides in Frankfurt.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"With Ioan Hotea, the Staatstheater has a lyrical tenor who not only sings the indestructible Nemorino aria 'Una furtiva lagrima' with a pure head and superb legato, but also phrases with great flair for expressive nuances and excellently intones to pianissimo."
Opera-Online, April 2019
"This last character is sung by the young tenor Romanian Ioan Hotea (who had rather charmed us in the Barber from Seville to Strasbourg at the beginning of the season), to whom he lent his clear and stylish song."