Obituary: Romanian Baritone Eduard Tumagian Dies at 82

By Francisco Salazar

On Feb. 11, 2024, Romanian baritone Eduard Tumagian died at the age of 82 in Basel, Switzerland.

Born in Bucharest in 1942, Tumagian studied at the Conservatory of Music “Porumbescu.”

He went on to make his operatic debut in Bucharest and made his international debut after winning several singing competitions. Tumagian went on to join the Opéra of the Rhine in Strasbourg where he sang leading baritone roles.

That led him to appear at the Paris Opera and the Teatro alla Scala, where he debuted under Riccardo Muti.

He also sang in the opera houses of Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, and Amsterdam.

Among the roles Tumagian interpreted throughout his career as the title roles of “Nabucco,” and “Rigoletto.” He also sang Flavio Testi’s opera “Richard III,” Verdi’s “I due Foscari,” “I Vespri Siciliani,” “La Traviata,” and “Don Carlo, Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” and Puccini’s “Tosca.”