Obituary: Tenor Marian Talaba Dies at 45

By Francisco Salazar

International tenor Marian Talaba has died at the age of 45.

Born in 1977, Talaba‘s professional voice training took place from 1994 to 1996 at the Music College in Chernivtsy. Later he studied at the Ukrain Music Academy in Kiew and in 2000 he made his debut as a soloist at the National Opera House of Kiew.

In 2004, he joined the Wiener Staatsoper as a member of the company’s ensemble and remained with there until 2016. With the Vienna company he performed such roles as Cavaradossi in “Tosca,” Tichon in “Katja Kabanova,” Dimitri in “Boris Godunov,” Stewa Buyjia in “Jenufa,” and Hermann in “Pique Dame,” among others.

Outside his work with Vienna, he performed at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Australia, and Opera of Malmö, Opera of Ljubljana, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, and the Bayerische Staatsoper, among others.

He went on to collaborate with Ferruccio Furlanetto, Leo Nucci, Rene Pape, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Plácido Domingo, Maria Guleghina, Edita Gruberova, Grace Bumbry and Daniela Dessi. He also worked with such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Dan Ettinger, Franz WelserMöst, Adam Fischer, Marco Armiliato, and Ingo Metzmacher.