Krunoslav Cigoj

30 March 1949 Zagreb – 27 August 2015 Zagreb

Krunoslav Cigoj sings Il trovatore: Di quella pira
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Having studied voice in Zagreb and Vienna, he made his debut in 1967 in Split as Ernesto. For the season 1968/69, he was at the Vienna Volksoper, then he got a contract in Zagreb, where he sang for the rest of his career (as a regular member until 1973, as a freelancer afterwards). Other Yugoslavian stages where he regularly appeared were Maribor, Sarajevo, Osijek, and the Split Festival.

Abroad, he made guest appearances in Dresden (1979/80), Stamford (1985) and New York (concert performance of Boito's Nerone under Eve Queler, 1982) – and with the troupe of the Croatian National Theater Zagreb, at the Berlin Staatsoper (1984/85) and in Ludwigshafen (1988). But his best period was before 1984; that year, he was diagnosed with cancer, and his career petered slowly out. In Croatia, he was a great favorite with audiences.

His repertory included Almaviva, Hoffmann, Riccardo, Gabriele Adorno, Alfredo, Rodolfo, Pinkerton, later on even Pollione.

After quitting the stage, he worked as a stage director and as a diplomat (Croatian cultural attaché in Bosnia).

Reference 1; reference 2: Kutsch & Riemens
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