|Croatian baritone Vitomir Marof graduated in Pharmacy at Pharmaceutical Faculty of the University of Zagreb and worked for several years in pharmaceutical industry. He also graduated in solo singing at The Academy of Music in Zagreb. Perfected in Vienna, Salzburg and particulary belcanto style (Verdi) in Rome. In 2008/10 he had Gala Concerts with Europasymphony Orchestra and mo. Wolfgang Gröhs in Weikersdorf Castle in BADEN / VIENNA; than several concerts in Vienna, etc. It is interesting that he has his fans in Vienna who travel to Croatia in order to attend his concerts in his native city of Zagreb.|
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.
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.
Darmstädter Echo, "Im Hauptgang Rigoletto..."
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..."
"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
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