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Vitomir Marof distinguished Croatian baritone of international reputation
By Nenad N. Bach and Darko ®ubriniæ | Published  02/26/2016 | Music , Education , Culture And Arts | Unrated
Had gala concerts with Europasymphony Orchestra and mo. Wolfgang Gröhs in Weikersdorf Castle in Baden / Vienna


Vitomir Marof, distinguished Croatian baritone

 
Vitomir Marof
 
Croatian baritone, VITOMIR MAROF, was born in Zagreb. Graduated in Pharmacy at Pharmaceutical University and worked several years in pharmaceutical industry. He also graduated in solo singing at The Music Academy in Zagreb. Perfected in Vienna, Salzburg and particulary belcanto style (Verdi) in Rome.

Since 1991 he has been a member of the opera ensemble in Croatian National Theatre in ZAGREB and in 2007 he was proclaimed a national principal opera soloist. He made his debut in ZAGREB (1995) as Dagon' s Priest (Samson et Dalila, Saint-Säens); then followed by roles such as Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana, Mascagni);  Eisenstein (Fledermaus, Strauß); Junius (The Rape of Lucretia, Britten); Sulpice (La fille du régiment, Donizetti); Escamillo (Carmen, Bizet); Topan-pa¹a (Mila Gojsaliæa, Gotovac); Kocelin (Porin, Lisinski);  N© Zrinjski ( N© Zrinjski, Zajc); Rangoni (Boris Godunov, Musorgski);  Silvio (Pagliacci, Leoncavallo);  Michele (Il Tabaro, Puccini) etc.  The repertoire displays his special interest in the roles from Verdi's operas in which he accomplished his best achievements:  Amonasro (Aida); Don Carlos (La Forza del Destino); Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore); G.Germont (La Traviata); Nabucco (Nabucco); Simon Boccanegra (Simon Boccanegra); Rigoletto (Rigoletto); Renato (Un ballo inmaschera); Ford (Falstaff)...


Vitomir Marof singing in the opera Nikola ©ubiæ Zrinski by Ivan pl. Zajc
at Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. This Croatian opera
contains a famous air "U boj, u boj!"

Other engagements led him to Slovenian National Opera in MARIBOR as Hans Scholl (Die Weiße Rose, Zimmermann);  then in LJUBLJANA (Nabucco, Luna, G.Germont)and  Scharples (Mme Butterfly, Puccini); in Croatian National Theatre SPLIT as Poeta (Il Turco in Italia, Rossini), conducted by Nik¹a Bareza;  in RIJEKA  (Alfio, Luna, Nabucco, G.Germont) ; in International Summer Festival LJUBLJANA (Escamillo); in Operafestival in SKOPJE (G.Germont, Nabucco)); HERAKLEA (Nabucco);  As Nabucco he participated in Bartók-Verdi festival in MI©KOLC (Hungary); and in 2001 in Hungarian State Opera in BUDAPEST under the baton of mo. Balász Kocsár; Since 2004 he has been performing with a great success the role of G.Germont in VOLKSOPERVIENNA, (with mo. M arc Piollet, Günther Neuhold, Leopold Hager, Alfred Eschwé, Elisabeth Attl, Henrik Nánási, Enrico Dovico....)  In 2005 he participated in the great project, the world premiere of unknown masterpiece of Offenbachs Die Rheinnixen in the role of Conrad in LJUBLJANA and WINTERTHUR (Switzerland) with mo. Dieter Rossberg;
 
In 2006 in The State Opera KO©ICE he sang Luna  with Miro Dvorsky;  then Alfio and Tonio  in Slovak National Theatre in BRATISLAVA;  Since 2007  he has been engaged as Luna in BRATISLAVA (mo. Rastislav ©tur); in Z AGREB he sang G.Germont in Traviata with Inva Mula , and a role of Renato in Un Ballo in maschera with Michele Crider;  as Luna he participated in Operafestival ZVOLEN (Slovakia) with Iano Tamar and in Verdi festival in POZNAN ( Poland)..  In 2008 he was invited as Nabucco to SPLIT Summer Festival, conducted by Ivo Lipanoviæ. In 2009 he participated as G.Germont in the new Traviata in RIJEKA, directed by Janusz Kica and with mo. Nik¹a Bareza.


Vitomir Marof in the Weikersdorf Castle in Baden, Vienna, with
Europasymphony Orchestra; conductor Wolfgang Gröhs, 2010.

He has also a great experience in all music epochs and styles on concert stages such as Baroque Evenings in VARA®DIN; Baroque Festival in LJUBLJANA; Music Biennale ZAGREB etc.
 
He sang C.Orffs Carmina Buranawith Hungarian Philharmonic Orchestra in Bruckner house in LINZ (mo. Manfred Mayrhofer); Homagge to G.Petrassi - Beatudines in ROME; Concert with Orchestra of Bolschoj Theatre from Moscow in KIEV; In 2005 he has appeared together with Peter Dvorsky on the Christmas concert and with Praha Symphony Orchestra ( mo. Rastislav ©tur) in Smetana Concert Hall in  PRAGUE; In 2006. he sang the concert of opera- arias with Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra and mo. Wolfgang Seeliger in RÜSSELSHEIM and in Residenzfestspiele in DARMSTADT ; then the Recital Mozart-Schumann in BRNO;  the Gala concert in Slovak Philharmonia Concert Hallwith Hasmik Papian, Miro Dvorsky and Symphony Orchestra of Slovak radio, conducted by Leo¹ Svárovsky in BRATISLAVA; In 2007 Gala Concert with Elena Obraztsova and Peter Dvorsky in KO©ICE; In 2008/10 Gala Concerts with Europasymphony Orchestra and mo. Wolfgang Gröhs in Weikersdorf Castle in BADEN / VIENNA; than several concerts in VIENNA...
 


He received the highest rewards and acknowledgements in Croatia, the rewards MILKA TRNINA  and VLADIMIR RU®DJAK(2001) for the singing and artistic creations in the roles of Conte di Luna(Il Trovatore) and Nabucco (Nabucco) by G.Verdi; the reward TITO STROZZI (2007) for the role of  Renato (Un ballo in maschera); and the reward FRANJO DUGAN for the best concert-performance in 2008.

In the season 2009/10 he has been entrusted with the role of Rigoletto (de) in the new project of  VOLKSOPER VIENNA , directed by Stephen Langridge and in co-operation with conductors Manlio Benzi, Enrico Dovico and Alfred Eschwé;

Then follows the part of Enrico in  Lucia di Lammermoor in RIJEKA, with mo. Nik¹a Bareza; G.Germont again in VOLKSOPER VIENNA; Conte di Luna in BRATISLAVA  and Rigoletto (it) in June in ZAGREB.

Source www.vitomirmarof.com




 
 
La Traviata (Volksoper)

"...Die Überraschung bot Vitomir Marof mit seiner schönen, resonanten Baritonstimme als Vater Germont. Er sang in schönster belkantesker Manier, mit vielen Zwischentönen, einen eindrucksvollen Germont und wurde vom Publikum zurecht gefeiert."
Werner Brünner, Die neue Merker Juni/07.



Vitomir Marof (Rigoletto) and Ivana Kladarin (Gilda) in Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto,
Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb; directed by Andrejs ®agars, 2005 - 2010.

Darmstädter Echo, "Im Hauptgang Rigoletto..."

"...Der stimmgewaltige Vitomir Marof aus Zagreb ist die Entdeckung des Abends und verkörpert das Sarkastisch-Dämonische des Rigoletto mitreißend dank seiner theatralischen Darstellungskunst und des großen Klangspektrums seines facerrenreichen Baritons."

Albrecht Schmidt
"...Non molto omogeneo e di diverso ed alterno livello qualitativo era l'ensemble vocale, di cui citeremo, in ordine di importanza e valore: Vitomir Marof, un Conte di Luna dalla voce ben impostata, dal timbro bello e nobili nonché scenicamente molto presente ed incisivo..."
Helmut Christian Mayer

"Kärtner Tageszeitung", "Nabucco, das musikalische Glutnest"


"...Vitomir Marof mit herrlich "italienisch" timberter Stimme, baritonalem Wohlklang und phrasierender Gestalungskraft..."
dr. Oskar Tonkli

"Vjesnik", "La Forza del Destino"



"...This role of Don Carlos, is for bariton V. Marof one of his best achievements. He has shown great command of this character as well as its singing demands..."
Davor Schopf

"Un Ballo in Maschera"


"...Der Renato war  VITOMIR MAROF,  in Wien bestens bekannt als Germont der Wiener Volksoper. Eine echte Verdi-Stimme, somit waren die beiden großen Arien ein Genuss zu hören. Aber auch die großen Ensembles-zenen, wie im 4.Bild, wundebar angeführt. Der Schauspieler Marof konnte in dieser klugen Regie seine große Bühnenbegabung voll ausspielen. Er füllte den Charakter des gekränkten, zur Rache findenden Betrogenen voll aus, war aber niemals ein finsterer Bösewicht..."

Elena Habermann, Der Neue Merker,  2009.

Source www.vitomirmarof.com






 
R E P E R T O I R E    (Operas)

Composer   Work  Role
BELAMARIÆ,  Miro    GESCHICHTEN aus dem WIENERWALD OSKAR
BERSA, Blagoje Der SCHUSTER von DELFT PIET GROOTH ( de. )
BIZET,  Georges    CARMEN  ESCAMILLO   ( fr. )
BRITTEN , Benjamin The RAPE of LUCRETIA   JUNIUS
DONIZETTI , Gaetano   La FILLE du RÉGIMENT  SULPICE
  LUCIA di LAMMERMOOR   LORD ASHTON  (ENRICO)  ( it.)
GOTOVAC,  Jakov   MILA GOJSALIÆA    TOPAN-pa¹a
LISINSKI, Vatroslav PORIN   KOCELIN
LEONCAVALLO,  Ruggiero    PAGLIACCI TONIO,  SILVIO  (it.)
HUMPERDINCK, Engelbert HÄNSEL  und GRETEL PETER (hr)
MASCAGNI,  Pietro       CAVALLERIA  RUSTICANA   ALFIO   ( it.)
MUSSORGSKI, Modest P     BORIS GODUNOV RANGONI  (rus.)
OFFENBACH , Jacque     Die RHEINNIXEN    CONRAD  (de.)
PUCCINI,  Giacomo     MADAMA   BUTTERFLY   

SCHARPLESS  (it.)

  Il  TABARRO   MICHELE  (it.)
  TOSCA    SCARPIA (it.)   (studying)
ROSSINI , Giacomo Il TURCO in ITALIA POETA  (it.)
SAINT-SÄENS, Camille      SAMSON et DALILA      DAGON' S  PRIEST  (fr.)
SMETANA , Bedøich       DIE VERKAUFTE  BRAUT    KRUSCHINA   (de.)
STRAUSS , Johann   FLEDERMAUS   EISENSTEIN
VERDI, Giuseppe AIDA    AMONASRO  (it.)
  La FORZA del DESTINO    DON CARLOS   (it.)
  NABUCCO NABUCCO  ( it).
  Il  TROVATORE      CONTE di LUNA   ( it.)
  La  TRAVIATA G.GERMONT  ( it).
  SIMON  BOCCANEGRA     SIMON  BOCCANEGRA   ( it.)
  RIGOLETTO    RIGOLETTO   (it., de.)
  Un BALLO in MASCHERA RENATO   (it.)
  FALSTAFF      FORD  (it.)
ZAJC, Ivan pl      NIKOLA ©UBIÆ ZRINJSKI    NIKOLA ©UBIÆ ZRINJSKI  (hr.)
ZIMMERMANN , Udo Die WEIßE ROSE   HANS  SCHOLL  (slo.)
     

R E P E R T O I R E   (Concerts)

BAJAMONTI, Julije REQUIEM
BERLIOZ, Hector       L´INFANCE  du  CRIST
DONIZETTI, Gaetano     REQUIEM
FAURÉ, Gabriel REQUIEM
GOUNOD, Charles   MESSA  SOLENELLE de ST. CÉCILE
HÄNDEL, Friedrich   ISRAEL in EGYPT
HONNEGER, Arthur Une CANTATE du NOEL
MAHLER, Gustav LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN
MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY    ELIAS
NIELSEN, Carl August    SINFONIA ESPANSIVA
ORFF, Carl    CARMINA  BURANA
PETRASSI, Gofredo     BEATITUDINES,  LUCIS CREATOR OPTIME,
  SALVETE CHRISTI VULNERA
PUCCINI, Giacomo      MESSA di GLORIA
©IROLA, Bo¾idar ÆIRIL and METOD - Slavic Apostles
VIVALDI, Antonio      SCANDERBEG
WEIL, Kurt      LINDBERG' S FLIGHT

Source www.vitomirmarof.com



Vitomir Marof with his wife Anamarija, celebrating 30 years of artistic work in 2016.

Celebrating in the Croatian National Thatre in Zagreb.
It is interesting that Mr. Vitomir Marof has  his fans in Vienna who travel to Croatia
in order to attend his concerts in his native city of Zagreb.
Many thanks to Mr. Marijan O¾aniæ (on the right) for this information.

Vitomir Mrof and his wife Anamarija Marof b. O¾aniæ

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