"...golden tone and big-boned fervor..."
Lawrence Budmen of South Florida Classical Review
Throughout his career Romanian tenor and recording artist, Emanuel-Cristian Caraman has appeared with opera companies, symphony orchestras and on the recital stage in Europe, South America and North America. Mr. 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, Münchens Kleinstes Opernhaus, Munich New England Chamber Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra and New Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Caraman has performed on the stages of many prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York, Ateneul Român in Bucharest, and Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna.
Operatic highlights include Duke of Mantua 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 Mr. Caraman has performed the tenor solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Mozart’s Requiem, Mendelssohn's ElijahBach’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 Mr. Caraman recorded Spanish composer Jorge Muniz’ vocal catalog written for tenor, cello and piano. For this project,
Mr. Muniz composed a new song cycle specifically for Mr. Caraman’s voice entitled Shakespeare's Love. In August 2018, Afinat Records, released the album, with the title Cantos del Emigrante.
Lawrence Budmen of South Florida Classical Review: “In the title role, Emanuel-Cristian Caraman displayed a well-schooled lyric tenor that scaled the opera’s peaks impressively. He brought passionate lyricism to Fritz’s melodic outbursts. His aria of despair at losing his beloved Suzel was imbued with real vocal drama, Emanuel-Cristian Caraman’s high notes ringing through the house.”
In 2017, Mr. Caraman was the recipient of the Michiana 40 under 40 recognition award, conferred by South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In May of 2018, Mr. Caraman, received the American Prize Oratorio Award, for an outstanding vocal symphonic artist.
As of 2016, Mr. Caraman is the general and artistic director of South Bend Lyric Opera in South Bend Indiana.
Mr. Caraman received his doctorate in music from National Music University in Bucharest, under Professor Doctor Grigore Constantinescu, with the thesis, American Vocal Music of the 20th Century. As of 2018, Mr. Caraman is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music in Voice at Indiana University at South Bend.