Cezar Ouatu

Categorie: Cultural

Nume și prenume candidat: Ouatu Cezar

Nominalizare: JCI Prahova

Ocupația sau profesia candidatului: Contratenor

Educație – Diplome, Premii:

He had begun studying the piano since he was 6 years old and attended the courses of the “Carmen  Sylva “Academy  of  Art  and Music in Ploiești, the piano and choral classes. He discovers his voice at  the age of 20 and  he takes up  canto lessons, immediately manifesting his exceptional countertenor skills wherefore, in 2000,  he is accepted at  the “Giuseppe  Verdi “ Conservatory  in Milan. Here, he studies under the guidance  of  the famous professor, Margaret  Hayward and gets the maximum graduation grades. He then attends masterclasses  with  remarkable personalities: Jordi Savall, Sara Mingardo, Rene  Clemencic, Magda  Olivero, Viorica Cortez and Mariana Nicolesco.

 

Informații cronologice cu privire la cariera candidatului și domeniul de activitate:

Cezar Ouatu has distinguished himself as the most valuable countertenor of his generation and won several prestigious international competitions, including: Competizione dell´Opera  of Dresden (First Prize) – 2004, Francisco Vinas  of Barcelona (Best Countertenor) – 2005, Riccardo Zandonai   of Riva de Garda (Jury Special Prize) – 2005, the Voice Competition  Renata Tebaldi  of San Marino (Baroque Prize) – 2005 and Spiros  Argiris  of  Sarzana (First Prize ) – 2006 and Hariclea  Darclee in Braila ( Prize for excellence).

The quality and colour of his voice bring Cezar Ouatu the international recognition. As world premieres, he recorded Mannio in Gluck’s  Il  trionfo  di  Clelia ( MDG), Amor  Oriental : Handel alla turca  with Deutsche Harmonia Mundi – (Sony Classics), the role of Caio in Ottone in Villa by Vivaldi (Brilliant  Classics), the DVD  with  Pergolesi’s La Salustia  at the Pergolesi Festival  2011 ( UNITEL  CLASSICA), Requiem  and Two Voices  Motets  by  Cavalli (Tactus), Vespero   delli   Cinque Laudate  by Cavalli (Dynamic), Bizzarrie, follie, stravaganze in musica (Amadeus).

Cezar Ouatu conjugates unique vocal qualities with a memorable and original scenic presence noticed by  many of the most notable conductors and stage directors at present,  including  Fabio Biondi, Alan Curtis, Jean- Christophe Spinosi, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, George Petrou, Federico Guglielmo, Werner Ehrhardt, Emilio Sagi, Pierluigi Pizzi, Corrado Rovaris, George Petrou and Emmanuel Villaume. In 2007, he successfully made his debut at the Teatro La Fenice  in Venice interpreting the role of Armando d’Orville (the title role) in Meyerbeer’s Il  Crociato  with Emmanuel Villaume , conductor and Pierluigi Pizzi, director. Critics and audience immediately highlight his brilliance and agility of interpretation, his ample low register, as well as his manly charm, qualities for which he is considered forceful and remarkable.

His opera roles reflect his passion for baroque and predisposition toward innovation and come into prominence on international scenes:  Handel’s  Nireno, on the stage of  the Opera de Lausanne  under the baton of Ottavio Dantone, Caio  Silio  in  Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa , at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza with l’Arte dell’ Arco and Federico Guglielmo, Nerone in Monteverdi’s  L’incoronazione di Poppea, at  the Corinth Festival and Athens Festival under George Petrou , Amor  Divino in the world premiere in modern times of Bononcini’s  La conversione di Maddalena, at the MTO Festival in Milan with the Accademia d’Arcadia under Diego Fasolis, in Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine  with Ensemble Matheus  and Jean- Cristophe Spinosi  in Brest and at the Theatre du Chatelet, in a new production directed by Oleg Kulik. He also made his debut as Didymus in Handel’s Theodora  at the Cuenca Festival  with Il Complesso Barocco and Alan Curtis.

Cezar Ouatu gave concerts with great names of the opera scenes:Angela Gheorghiu, Patrizia Ciofi , Andrea Bocelli, Simone Kermes, Ruth Ziesak, Juanita Lascarro, Mireille Delunsch, Olga Peretyatko in Istanbul, Dortmund, Berlin, Steinfurt, Halle, Bucharest and Lausanne.

He  reported  a big success as Nerone in the 300th anniversary production of Handel’s Agrippina  at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and in 2011, at Handelfestspiele in Halle  under the baton of Fabio Biondi , as Montezuma (title role) in a new production of Graun’s Montezuma under Sergio Azzolini at the 2010 Musikfestpiele Potsdam, as Rinaldo in the Armida  project at the  Berliner Philharmoniker and the Istanbul  Philharmonic together with L’Arte del Mondo and Werner Ehrhardt (the live recording of this project at the Berliner Philharmoniker was released  by  Sony/BMG) and with Bach’s cantata Ich  habe  genug  and Magnificat  at the Bucharest Early Music Festival. He  received a good critic acclaim as Nerone in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea  at the Onassis Concert Hall  (Athens Festival), as Nerone  in Handel’s Agrippina   at Handelfestspiele in Halle under the baton of Fabio Biondi, as Alessandro in Pergolesi’s  Salustia  at the Spontini – Pergolesi Festival 2011 in Jesi, as Orlofsky in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus   at the Croatian National Opera in Zagreb. There followed  another successful opera and concert engagements: the title role in Graun’s Montezuma  at Schlosstheater Neues Palais  von Sanssouci in Potsdam, the Baroque Concert with the Royal Camerata at the Romanian Athenaeum Hall  for the Romanian Royal  Family and the Strauss’ Die Fledermaus   at the Croatian National Opera (Zagreb).

In 2012, Cezar Ouatu dazzles everyone and is praised for the title role in the Graun’s opera, Montezuma, under the baton of Sergio Azzolini at the Schlosstheater Neues Palais von Sanssouci in Potsdam,  excels in the memorable Ruggiero’s character in Alcina by  Handel, at the Opera de Lausanne under Ottavio Dantone and  for his vocal and scenic performances in  Amor Oriental : Handel alla turca with Ensemble l’arte del mondo, Pera Ensemble and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, under Werner Ehrhardt.

The most spectacular of all is his participation in the Eurovision National Selection Romania 2013  which he absolutely won with a high audience score. Cezar highly represented  Romania at the European Song Contest in Sweden  2013, where he  set an audience success which defied the jury’s decision and the geo-political arithmetics ( the 13 th place in the final act) and ranked him the third in the Australian public’s top preferences  and the sixth, in the European ones.  He was supported by celebrities such as Bonnie Tyler, Loreen, Andrea Bocelli, Vangelis , Angela Gheorghiu and Nadia Comăneci, praised for originality by the designer Jean Paul  Gaultier and was declared the Eurovision winner by important daily papers like the BILD and DER SPIEGEL which admired his unequalled vocal qualities and praised his professionalism. After the end of the competition, he set a You Tube view record for which Wiwi Bloggs declared him the most listened  singer in the competition. After his arrival from Sweden, CEZAR THE VOICE has become  a   pop-opera star and a project reaffirmed by a huge  enthusiastic public.  He has got the same success in Romania  where he is invited to concert with the tenor Andrea Bocelli and the soprano Angela Gheorghiu, on the ROMEXPO scene, on the 25th of May. Cezar is highly praised  by  press and acclaimed by more than 20,000 people present at the concert.

 

 

 

Detalii suplimentare cu privire la realizările excepționale ale candidatului și provocările cu care s-a confruntat pentru a le atinge:

Also known as CEZAR THE VOICE, owing to his exceptional vocal qualities, the artist is a brilliant and innovative mix between his baroque countertenor speciality and a diverse and inspired music, addressed to a sensitive public. In short, a classical -crossover countertenor, gifted with a unique and extremely flexible voice which allows him to spectacularly approach opera, pop-opera and jazz in the same repertoire. He is also a magic scenic presence, a complex  singer, cherished  by thousands of fans from the entire world, an artist in search of the perfect balance between emotion and the artistic performance.

 

Listă a premiilor și distincțiilor importante primite de către candidat, care ilustrează realizările sale:

Cezar Ouatu has distinguished himself as the most valuable countertenor of his generation and won several prestigious international competitions, including: Competizione dell´Opera  of Dresden (First Prize) – 2004, Francisco Vinas  of Barcelona (Best Countertenor) – 2005, Riccardo Zandonai   of Riva de Garda (Jury Special Prize) – 2005, the Voice Competition  Renata Tebaldi  of San Marino (Baroque Prize) – 2005 and Spiros  Argiris  of  Sarzana (First Prize ) – 2006 and Hariclea  Darclee in Braila ( Prize for excellence).

 

Referințe primite din  partea autorităților care ilustrează realizările candidatului:

Very attached  to Romania and  especially  to his native town, Ploiesti, he frequently gives concerts here and in many other cultural centres in the country, appraisingly reviewed in many publications.  The first representative recital is given in a charity concert, entitled  “Christmas for Everyone” with the Traffic Strings project at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. The following year ( 2010), he successfully participates in the Bucharest Early Music Festival and he  concerts  again on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum. In 2011,  Cezar Ouatu  holds an extraordinary concert, entitled  “Magic  Voice” with the baroque orchestra “Athenaeum Ensemble” on the scene of the “Paul Constantinescu” Philharmonic in Ploiesti. Cezar Ouatu is again invited to give a concert in Bucharest, at the Athenaeum, in 2012,  this time under the baton of the conductor Jin Wang and with the Royal Camerata ensemble in a very successful representation entitled  “Royal  Baroque” on the 1st of December, the Romanian National Day, and in the presence of the Royal House’s members. This year, he has reported  a great success in an ample  baroque concert held in Bucharest, at the Radio Hall with the Radio Camera Orchestra under the baton of Gabriel Bebeselea and impressed the audience, in an extraordinary concert held in Ploiesti, at the “Paul Constantinescu” Philharmonic, entitled Opera-Pop-Opera. He concerted again in Bucharest, at the Radio Hall, on the 30th of October 2013, with the famous mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose, in a brilliant and very appreciated performance.

Since June 2013, Cezar Ouatu has become the soloist of the “Paul Constantinescu” Philharmonic in Ploiesti, thus continuing the prestigious musical tradition of his family.

 

Modul în care candidatul exemplifică principiul exprimat în următoarea linie a Crezului JCI: „Lucrul în folosul umanității este cea mai nobilă formă de a munci.”

Very attached  to Romania and  especially  to his native town, Ploiesti, he frequently gives concerts here and in many other cultural centres in the country, appraisingly reviewed in many publications.  The first representative recital is given in a charity concert, entitled  “Christmas for Everyone” with the Traffic Strings project at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. The following year ( 2010), he successfully participates in the Bucharest Early Music Festival and he  concerts  again on the stage of the Romanian Athenaeum. In 2011,  Cezar Ouatu  holds an extraordinary concert, entitled  “Magic  Voice” with the baroque orchestra “Athenaeum Ensemble” on the scene of the “Paul Constantinescu” Philharmonic in Ploiesti. Cezar Ouatu is again invited to give a concert in Bucharest, at the Athenaeum, in 2012,  this time under the baton of the conductor Jin Wang and with the Royal Camerata ensemble in a very successful representation entitled  “Royal  Baroque” on the 1st of December, the Romanian National Day, and in the presence of the Royal House’s members. This year, he has reported  a great success in an ample  baroque concert held in Bucharest, at the Radio Hall with the Radio Camera Orchestra under the baton of Gabriel Bebeselea and impressed the audience, in an extraordinary concert held in Ploiesti, at the “Paul Constantinescu” Philharmonic, entitled Opera-Pop-Opera. He concerted again in Bucharest, at the Radio Hall, on the 30th of October 2013, with the famous mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose, in a brilliant and very appreciated performance.

 

De ce persoana nominalizată ar trebui să fie dintre cei 10 tineri remarcabili ai României în 2017 și reprezentantul nostru în competiția internațională din 2018?

CEZAR OUATU  is the most dynamic and original romanian pop-opera brand at present. The Romanian representative at  Eurovision 2013, with the piece „It’s my life”, was ranked the sixth most popular European artist in the public top preferences and has now got the fastest artistic ascent, praised and rewarded by the Romanian and continental media.

Also known as CEZAR THE VOICE, owing to his exceptional vocal qualities, the artist is a brilliant and innovative mix between his baroque countertenor speciality and a diverse and inspired music, addressed to a sensitive public. In short, a classical -crossover countertenor, gifted with a unique and extremely flexible voice which allows him to spectacularly approach opera, pop-opera and jazz in the same repertoire. He is also a magic scenic presence, a complex  singer, cherished  by thousands of fans from the entire world, an artist in search of the perfect balance between emotion and the artistic performance.