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Tudor Gheorghe

Honorary member of the "Marin Sorescu" National Theater (2004)

Born on August 1, 1945, Podari, Dolj. His fame is linked to the time he spent at the Craiova National Theatre, but also to his work as a musician, composer, performer. Since 1969, the year of the first recital, and until now, Tudor Gheorghe has performed over 50 music and poetry performances. After the roles he played as a student, he debuted on the stage of the National Craiovean in the role of the young guard in "The Black Rooster", by Victor Eftimiu, in 1966, at the age of 21. Until the true affirmation, he continued to play comedy or drama roles alongside great Craiova actors of the time, in performances such as "A Winter's Night's Dream" by Tudor Mușatescu, "D-ale carnival" by I. L. Caragiale, "Doamna nevăzuta" by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, "The Third Stake" by Marin Sorescu, "Năpasta", by I. L. Caragiale, "Man from La Mancha". In 1969 he appeared on the stage with his first recital, "Minestrel la curtile dolurui", from the lyrics of the poets Lucian Blaga, Tudor Arghezi and Ion Barbu.

He spent three years at the Folklore Institute in Bucharest, where he pursued in-depth studies for the preservation of folklore. During this period he performed the second recital - "Seven ballads". Some of his concerts were censored at the time. The show "Pe-un franc poet", based on lyrics by Ion Luca Caragiale, performed twice (in Bacău and, in 1981, in Bucharest on the Pipera Platform), was banned from being repeated. In the period 1970-1990 he played in creations of great artistic depth, such as "Mitica Popescu" by Camil Petrescu, "The Punished Filfizon" by John Vanbrugh, "Uncle Vania" by Anton Chehov, "The Dwarf in the Summer Garden", by Dumitru Radu Popescu.

In 1992, Tudor Gheorghe had his first show after the revolution, called "Songs with closed mouth". Since 1999, the series of performances "Anotimpurile poeziei Romanianesti" began in collaboration with the conductor Marius Leonard Hristescu. In 2008, Tudor Gheorghe appears in the musical "Omul din La Mancha", at the National Craiovean, after an absence of over 10 years on a theater stage. His recitals of Romanian lyric poetry (Nichita Stănescu, Tudor Arghezi, Grigore Vieru, Alexandru Macedonski, Mihai Eminescu) show him as a valuable interpreter of the great Romanian poetry of all times.

In 2013, UNITER awarded him the Special Award "for a life dedicated to authentic poetry".

On November 23, 2010, the interim president of the Republic of Moldova, Mihai Ghimpu, awarded him the highest state award - the Order of the Republic. The Presidency of Romania awarded Tudor Gheorghe, in 2002, the National Order of the Star of Romania in the rank of Knight.

"My return was natural, because, in fact, I never even left the theater. My performances, even when I was alone or with the orchestra on stage, were not a series of songs, but had a dramatic conception and an important epic thrill. Only Marin Sorescu's poems, if we think about the performances with taraf, had an undeniable force in them. Let's not forget the shows with the seasons of Romanian poetry, those with a symphony orchestra. Each time we recited a "night" from Macedonski, and it's not easy to say "November Night" which lasts 16 minutes or "December Night", which also lasts a long time."

Cornel Mihai Ungureanu, interview with Tudor Gheorghe, vol. "The mirror of time, a contemporary history in interviews", Ed. Autograf MJM Craiova, 2020

"The actor Tudor Gheorghe totally and permanently conquers the audience, through the nuanced play, the tenderness and sincerity with which he created Catindat, a small, tormented servant, forced to manage, to lead an ephemeral life".

                                    Al. Firescu - A stormy night, "Before", March 1, 1969