Tiberius Simu

Tiberius Simu © Silvestru Popescu

Born in Cluj Napoca, Romania, Tiberius Simu has begun the study of music at a young age, starting with violin, then piano and later clasical singing, which he turned into his profession.

After graduating as both an opera regisseur and singer from the Accademy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj, Tiberius Simu received a scholarship at the famous Accademia del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, where he had the opportunity to work with some of the great singers of the operatic world: Renato Bruson, Leyla Gencer, Mirella Freni and Lucianna Serra, to name a few.

After finishing his period of studies in Milano, Tiberius Simu enrolled in the ensemble of the Oper Leipzig, where, over a period of 2 years he appeard as Alfredo in La Traviata, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Count Almaviva in The barber of Seville, Tamino in The magic flute and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni.

Over the next years, Tiberius Simu was a guest of opera theaters across Europe, singing Tamino at the Staatsoper in Vienna, Don Ottavio at the Frankfurt Opera, Lucio Silla at the Opera de Nantes, Fenton in Falstaff at the Theatre Royal de Wallonie in Liege, or Nemorino at Toulon Opera.

His interests have been also in the world of operetta, as Tiberius Simu appeared as Camille de Rossion in The Merry Widow at the Teatro Communale di Padova, Italy, and also in the title role of Lehar’s The Zarewitsch, at the Seefestspiele Morbisch. Upon returning to his hometown, Tiberius Simu started teaching at the Accademy of Music “Gheorghe Dima”, where he teaches within the Performing Arts Department of the accademy. Also, a permanent collaborator of the Opera of Cluj, Tiberius Simu added to his repertoire new roles such as Gabriel Eisentein the Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, or Danilo Danilovitsch in Lehar’s The Merry Widow.

One the passions that spans over 2 decades in Tiberius Simu’s activity is the passion for chamber music, as he performed numerous lied recitals with works by Mozart, Schumann, Schubert, Maler, Faure, Bizet, Massenet, Verdi and Wagner.

Also, in recent years, Tiberius Simu has added numerous sacral music works to his repertoire, works like Bethooven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Matthaus Passion, Schubert’s E flat Mass, and Britten’s War Requiem, to name just some of the most well-known works.