Leonard DUMITRIU is currently conductor at the Romanian Opera House of Iasi, a position he assumed in 1986 after being conductor of the Craiova Lyric Theater Orchestra. He also assumed the position of conductor at the Lyric Theatre of Galati, Romania, starting with September 2001.
In the course of his career, Maestro Leonard DUMITRIU has conducted many opera performances in Iasi, Craiova, Cluj, Timisoara, Brasov, Galati (Romania), Novi Sad (Serbia), Chisinau (Republic of Moldavia). He has been a guest conductor of the Symphony Orchestras in Iasi, Arad, Satu Mare, Timisoara, Bacau, Botosani, Constanta and of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra (Vermont, USA). Mr. DUMITRIU was previously conductor of the Bacau Symphony Orchestra and permanent guest conductor at the Brasov Lyric Theater. He also led tours in Italy (1994-1995), Germany (2001) and Switzerland (2001) with the Iasi Opera staff. The Vermont Opera Theater from Montpelier, Vermont (USA) invited him to conduct and co-ordinate the Opera Workshop (August 2000 and 2001).
His strong interest in opera music is evidenced by his large repertoire and the staging of some less-known operas, as Wolf-Ferrari?s ?Die vier Grobiane? and Boito?s ?Mefistofele?. The production of ?Die vier Grobiane? was recorded and broadcast by the National Romanian Television and ?Mefistofele? was awarded with ?Romania?s best opera production of 1999?.
A native of Iasi and a graduate of the Iasi Music Conservatory, Maestro DUMITRIU is also a composer, a member of the Romanian Composers Union (chamber music, works for chorus and orchestra works). His works were recorded and broadcast by the National Romanian Radio Corporation. As associate professor, Mr. DUMITRIU led the Iasi Music Academy Symphony Orchestra and taught classes on opera. He is also a pianist and enjoys coaching singers.
Notes from the critics
...we must applaud the performance of the conductor Leonard DUMITRIU who is in perfect control of all the difficulties in the score...
...the conductor Leonard DUMITRIU led the whole ensemble with a very firm conducting technique...
...the author of this original chamber opera demonstrates new methods of composition and the work extends the [chamber opera] genre...
...Dumitriu is teaching the singers the differences between Mozart and Verdi, as well as the differences between early and late Verdi. First, he finds out how much the singers know already. Then, he works on the recitatives, which are musical declamations or expressions of dialogue, as opposed to the lyrical arias, duets, trios, choruses, etc. ...
Romanian Opera of IASI:
World Premiere of "And so said... Caragiale"