Born in Ineu (Arad), Cosmin Ifrim studied singing and conducting at the Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca. After winning many important competitions, he was engaged to the Vienna State Opera in 2000, where he first sang Lord Cecil within a new production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux with Edita Gruberova. He quickly advanced to important and demanding roles like Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, the fisher in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, or Beppe in I Pagliacci. For his portrayal of Squeak in Britten’s Billy Budd, he was awarded with the Eberhard Wächter medal. His major breakthrough at Vienna State Opera was the premiere of Verdi’s Falstaff in 2003, in which he sang the role of Fenton.
Ifrim has appeared at many important opera houses, concert halls and festivals worldwide, such as the Berlin State Opera (Der Rosenkavalier), the Bavarian State Opera Munich (Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail), the London Queen Elizabeth Hall (Alfredo in La traviata), the Rome Opera (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), the ABAO Bilbao (Tonio in La fille du régiment, Squeak in Billy Budd and Little Bat in Floyd'sSusannah), the Sapporo Festival (Rodolfo in La Bohème, conducted by Fabio Luisi), Basel Opera (Gualtiero in Il pirata) and in Tel Aviv (Salome, Rosillion in The Merry Widow in Tel Aviv and Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra).
In 2016 he performed Fernando in a concert performance of La Favorita in Bucharest, Pong in Turandot at the Bregenz Festival, Rodolfo in La bohème and Arturo in I puritani in Cluj.
His engagements in 2017 include his role debut as Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra in Bucharest, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Savonlinna Festival and Sylvester von Schaumberg in Mathis der Maler at the Enescu Festival.
In 2018 he will sing Ernesto in a new production of Don Pasquale at Chemnitz Opera.
Among the many important conductors Cosmin Ifrim has worked with so far are Richard Hickox, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer, Vjekoslav Šutej, Christian Thielemann, Franz Welser-Möst and Marcello Viotti.