Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Romania whose broadcaster, TVR has been drawn in slot number #17 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled It’s My Life is written by Cristian Faur with vocals provided by Cezar.
He participated in many master classes with prestigious names of the music world, such as: Viorica Cortez, Jordi Savall, Sara Mingardo, Bobby McFerrin, Magda Olivero. Cezar is often invited to sing in the most important festivals and on well-known stages in the country as well as in Europe. He performed next to famous conductors like Fabio Biondi, Alan Curtis, Corrado Rovaris, Emanuelle Villaume, Ottavio Dantone, Diego Fasolis, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Werner Ehrhardt, George Petrou, Sergio Ciomei, Sergio Azzolini, Nicolae Moldoveanu, Vlad Conta and Ketil Haugsand. His repertoire is very large, starting with vocal-symphonic music and up to a great variety of opera roles that he plays on the biggest stages in the world. Born in 1980 la Ploieşti, Romania, in a family of musicians.
Cezar Ouatu started studying piano when he was six and graduated the piano and choir classes at Carmen Sylva Art High school, in his native town. In 1998 he started studying canto and baroque music and soon became well-known, due to his voice, natural legerity and less common vocal limits. In 2001 he was accepted in the Giuseppe Verdi Music Academy in Milan, and in 2004 he graduated with maximum grades on the final exam at one of the most prestigious music academies in Europe. His first pop-opera single Cinema Paradiso was released on Christmas Eve, in 2012. For 2013, Cezar has already planned two international duets, with Andrea Bocelli and Angela Gherorghiu, as well as a single written especially for him by the legend of electronic music, Vangelis. Presently, Cezar works at his first pop-opera album The Voice, dedicated to love.
It’s My Life is the second Eurovision entry for Cristian Faur, the Romanian composer and writer. His first one proved to be a successful choice, as he was the first Romanian composer whose song entered the top three in the Eurovision final – that was in 2005, when Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem’s Let Me Try was highly appreciated by the public and jury. Romania opted for a relatively large national selection in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest featuring a total of thirty-two entries, twelve of which managed to make it through to the final. There was a former representative who took to the stage, that being Luminitha Anghel who was the favourite of the international public and managed a runner-up entry finish in the tele-voting.
Romania is one of the most successful countries to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest having maintained qualification in every semi-final they have encountered, even when it looked slightly more difficult. In recent years, the results have improved and mid-table results have become relatively the issue at hand with Zaleilah by Mandinga managing a twelfth place finish. The most successful finish for Romania up to this point in time has been a second runner-up finish, the first time happening in Kiev, Ukraine when Luminita Anghel & Sistem performed the song Let Me Try and the second one being rather recent as Paula Seling & Ovi sang the song Playing With Fire. They will be hoping for more success with their fifteenth entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Professional Critics Voice their Opinion
Martin Isherwood: Wow! He sounds like a mezzo soprano at times which is quite an achievement. There’s a hint of the ‘Good the bad and the ugly’ as it opens and given that it combines Musical Theatre, Opera and Dance music, this foreboding is somewhat justified. One of the strangest songs in the competition but could do very well for that reason.
Sharon Vaughn: This is a resounding no, on so many levels!
Stano Simor: Cezar is definitely a professional opera singer who is trying to fit into the typical conventions of a song competition oriented towards pop. The first preview clip saw to the combination of four (4) dancers doing a modern choreography, to the genre of dubstep. This represents two parallel worlds and might stand out based on that perception.