Romanian tenor Bogdan Mihai trained in Italy under the guidance of legendary soprano Mirella Freni who awarded him the Nicolai Ghiaurov scholarship. He also obtained his Masters Diploma in Belcanto at the Transylvania University in Brasov, Romania with soprano Mariana Nicolesco.
In 2008 he appeared to great acclaim at Bucharest National Opera as Count Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia; D on Ramiro La Cenerentola; Ugo Parisina D'Este; Tamas Gemma di Vergy; and Ernesto Don Pasquale, and an international career quickly followed. In 2009 he made his debut with Staatsoper Stuttgart under David Parry as Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia and then as the Italian Singer in Stuttgart’s highly acclaimed production of Der Rosenkavalier. He then made his UK debut in a new production of Rossini’s Armida at Garsington Opera. The success of his Garsington debut led to an invitation to appear in recital in London as part of the prestigious Rosenblatt Recital series.
Recent highlights have included debuts at Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, all as Count Almaviva; Adelberto Adelaide di Borgogna at the prestigious Rossini Festival in Pesaro; and the title role in Rossini’s Aureliano in Palmira at the Martina Franca Festival. The latter two productions have been released on DVD. Mihai also made debuts at the Zurich Opera as Ernesto Don Pasquale with Ruggiero Raimondi in the title role and under the baton of Nello Santi, and at the Mikhailovsky Theatre St.Petersburg as Nemorino in Elisird’amore.
On the concert platform, Mihai has sung with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra and choir and the George Enescu Choir and Philarmonic Orchestra at the Romanian Atheneun. At the invitation of star soprano Angela Gheorghiu he also appeared in a series of concerts at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
Last season Mihai was heard as Count Almaviva at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Don Ramiro in a new production of La Cenerentola for Stuttgart Opera and Ernesto in a new production of Don Pasquale by Brigitte Fassbender at Cuvillies theater in Munich. He also made a highly acclaimed debut at Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Rossini’s La Scala di Seta as Dorvil.
The 2013/14 season included a return to Don Ramiro La Cenerentola at Staatsoper Stuttgart and also for Opéra National du Rhin, in a new production and a debut as Edmondo Manon Lescaut with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Festival and at the Philharmonie Berlin. He appears as Dorvil in Rossini's La Scala di Seta with Orchestre National d'Ile de France at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
The 2014/15 season included a debut as Cavalier Belfiore in Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims at the Wildbad Rossini Festival, Almaviva in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Opera de Montreal and Oviedo. Made his debut at the Royal Opera House of Muscat in Oman as Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasqualeand Elisero in Rossini's Mose in Egitto at the superb Duomo of Milan, again on stage with the legendary Ruggero Raimondi, the production was released on DVD.
The 2015/16 season included Rossini's La Cenerentola and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Stuttgart Staatsoper as well as his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Everardo in Zingarelli's World Premiere of Giulietta e Romeo under the guidance of star mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli.
Will take part at the inauguration of the Dubai Opera House as Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini and sing Ernesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing.
Recent highlights of 2017/18 season have included the debut as Elvino in Bellini’s La Sonnambula at Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Grand Theatre de Geneve (production broadcasted worldwide on Mezzo Tv and Arte Tv), Rossini’s Elisero in Mose in Egitto at the Winland Festival in Beijing together with legendary basso Roberto Scandiuzzi and his debut in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.