Romanian baritone Cozmin Sime was born in Ordea, and is a graduate of the Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj Napoca where he was awarded Master’s Degree in music. He has taken part in masterclasses with Ion Buzea, Tom Krause, Susanna Eken, Sally Burgess, John Norris, Margreet Honigh, Barbara Bonney, Nelly Miricioiu and Alfred Brendel both in Romania and abroad. He also participated in the Samling masterclasses in the UK.
Cozmin Sime won many major music and vocal competitions in Romania, including both lied and opera, as well as “La Competition des jeunes solistes” at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France. While a student he sang the roles of Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte, Dandini La cenerentola, and Belcore L'elisir d'amore.
Cozmin Sime made his début at the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest as Marcello La Boheme and also performed Nick Shadow in the national première of The Rake's Progress at the National Opera of Cluj-Napoca.
Cozmin Sime made his international début in the role of Claudio in Donizetti's Emilia di Liverpool in Liverpool, Gdansk and Bremen with the European Opera Centre, following which he was invited to participate in the Mozart Academy at the Aix-en Provence Festival. He also participated in the Accademia Rossiniana at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro singing the role of Barone di Trombonok Il viaggio a Reims under Maestro Alberto Zedda.
At the Verbier Festival Cozmin Sime performed Schaunard La Boheme. He also appeared in London with Tête à Tête Productions as Dr Astrov and Uncle Vania in Neal Thornton's new opera Sonya's Story based on Chekov's play "Uncle Vania". He also sang the role of Grand MOA in the children’s opera La chuette enrhume by Gerard Conde at Les Azuriales festival in Nice.
Cozmin Sime recently sang Baron Trombonok Il viaggio a Reims for Vlaamse Opera and the roles of Onegin Eugene Onegin and Figaro The Barber of Seville for English Touring Opera. Forthcoming engagements include Second Man Farmer A Village Romeo and Juliet (Delius) and Second Armed Man The Magic Flute at Wexford Festival, and Eduardo L'assedio di Calais for English Touring Opera.
Schaunard / La bohème / Verbier festival
“ . . . A Romanian baritone with exceptional charm and strong stage presence, who could easily have stolen the show if the others hadn’t been just as superb . . .”
Jessica Duchen / Standpoint
Dr Astrov and Uncle Vania / Sonya's story / Tête a Tête festival, London
“ . . . Cozmin Sime, a Romanian baritone of notable strength and charm, doubled up as Dr Astrov and Uncle Vanya, a task requiring a rapid switch between personalities (plus the donning of beard and green wellingtons) which he brought off with panache. . . .”
Jessica Duchen / The Independent
Figaro / The Barber of Seville / English Touring Opera
“ . . . Romanian-born baritone Cozmin Sime is charm itself as the happy-go-lucky town barber with an eye and an ear for matchmaking . . .”
“ . . . As Figaro, the young Romanian baritone Cozmin Sime gave an excellent performance - clear articulation and diction as well as deft handling of the comedy . . .”