Emanuel-Cristian Caraman

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Emanuel-Cristian Caraman (Emanuel)
Assistant Professor, Voice
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School of Music
Western Michigan University
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Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434 USA
  • D.M., Voice Performance, Bucharest Conservatory of Music
  • M.M., Voice Performance, Indiana University-South Bend
  • B.A., Music, Bethel University

Throughout his career Romanian tenor and recording artist, Emanuel-Cristian Caraman has appeared with opera companies, symphony orchestras in Europe, South America and North America, including many prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Ateneul Roman in Bucharest, and Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Caraman has performed with Los Angeles Opera, George Enescu International Music Festival in Bucharest, Miami Lyric Opera, Die Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie in Bremen, CBA Symphony in Chicago, Düsseldorf Lyric Opera, South Bend Lyric Opera, Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, Opera in the Heights in Houston, New England Chamber Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra and New Philharmonic Orchestra.

Operatic highlights include Turridu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Alfredo in La Traviata, Don José in Carmen, Fritz in L’Amico Fritz, Riccardo in Un Ballo in Maschera, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflote, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Alfred in Die Fledermaus.

As a distinguished concert performer, Caraman has performed the tenor solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Bach’s Magnificat, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Brukner’s Te Deum and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella.

In 2014 Caraman recorded Spanish composer Jorge Muniz’s vocal catalog written for tenor, cello and piano. In August 2018, Afinat Records, released the album, with the title Cantos del Emigrante.

In 2014 Caraman recorded Spanish composer Jorge Muniz’ vocal catalog written for tenor, cello and piano. For this project, Muniz composed a new song cycle specifically for Caraman’s voice titled Shakespeare’s Love. In August 2018, Afinat Records, released the album, with the title Cantos del Emigrante.

In 2017, Caraman was the recipient of the Michiana 40 under 40 recognition award, conferred by South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce. In May of 2018, Caraman received first place in the American Prize Oratorio Award for an outstanding vocal symphonic artist.

As of 2016, Caraman is the general and artistic director of South Bend Lyric Opera in South Bend Indiana.

In 2008, Caraman received his Doctor of Music from Bucharest Conservatory of Music within National Music University in Bucharest, under the guidance of doctoral coordinator, professor doctor Grigore Constantinescu, with the thesis, American Vocal Music of the 20th Century.