Obituary: Mezzo-soprano Iulia Buciuceanu Dies at 90

By Francisco Salazar

On June 18, 2022, Romain soprano Iulia Buciuceanu died at the age of 90.

Born on June 25, 1931, in Tighina, Basarabia, she became a soloist at the Romanian Opera in Bucharest for three decades from 1952 to 1983.

She first took an interest in music at home where her mother became her first teacher before heading to the Conservatory in Iasi to study with Grigore Magiari and Mansi Barberis. She later continued her education in Bucharest with professor Petre Stefanescu-Goangă.

Following her studies, she was hired as a soloist in the Romanian Opera and would become a leading figure in the company. She sung such operas as “Aida,” Il Trovatore,” “Falstaff,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “Rigoletto,” “Don Carlo,” “Carmen,” “Eugene Onegin,” “Prince Igor,” “Cavalleria Rusticana,” “Die Walkure,” and Tanhausser.” She was also active in the Romanian repertoire performing the music of Mansi Barberis, Gheorghe Dumitrescu, Cornel Trăilescu, Pascal Bentoiu, Teodor Bratu, Nicolae Bretan, Matei Socor, and George Enescu.

She also toured successfully throughout Russia, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, and Austria.

Throughout her career, she won numerous prizes such as the Vienna International Singing Competition, the “Spring in Prague” Festival, the Sofia International Singing Competition, and the Helsinki Opera Festival. She was also awarded the Order of Cultural Merit and in 2003 she was presented with the Diploma of Honor and the Darclée Medal by the great soprano Mariana Nicolesco in Braila.

Her husband was the renowned actor George Constantin who died in 1994. She is survived by her son actor Mihai Constantin and grandchildren Maria and Matthew Constantin.