- Irina Boga
(b Brăila, Romania, Nov 1, 1960). Romanian tenor. After graduating from the George Enescu University of Arts in Iaşi, where he studied with Visarion Huţu, he débuted as Rodolfo in La Boheme at the Iaşi lyric theatre. He has received awards in national and international competitions (Iaşi, 1976; Sofia, 1978; Francisco Viñas, 1979; Ostende, 1980) and was granted a scholarship at the Academy Santa Cecilia, Rome, where he studied with Gino Becchi. He was a soloist at the Iaşi Opera (1976–82), then first soloist of the National Opera in Bucharest (1982–97). He has toured in Italy, Spain, France, Austria, Holland, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Korea, and Japan. His repertory includes works by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Mascagni, Bellini, Mozart, Delibes, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Offenbach, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Enescu, Constantin Nottara, Marţian Negrea, Porumbescu, Anatol Vieru, Mihail Jora, Doru Popovici, Cornel Trăilescu, and Nicolae Bretan...