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March 1, 2021

Romanian artists on most prestigious opera houses

Lately, an increasing number of representatives of Romanian classical music were invited to perform on some of the greatest international stages. From Teatro alla Scala in Milan to Carnegie Hall or the Metropolitan Opera, Romanian music school is proud to present its offspring. Often, the trampoline of young Romanian opera performers is the State Opera House in Vienna, an article published by the newspaper Romania Libera. Beside opera stars Angela Gheorghiu or Felicia Filip, there are many more Romanian artists who gain tremendous success worldwide; yet, they are less promoted in Romania and less familiar to Romanian listeners. One of them is Ruxandra Donose who has already started performing (photo) on the stages of some of the most prestigious opera houses of the world, The Covent Garden in London, the Metropolitan in New York or the State Opera House in Vienna a decade ago, and became one of the most famous Romanian mezzo-sopranos. In 2008, she performed the lead female role, Veronica, in the world premiere of the opera “The Fly” by Howard Shore, at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

Laura Tatulescu, aged 27, has a contract with the State Opera House in Vienna. She was discovered by Ioan Holender at the National Music University in Bucharest and in 2008, she was cast in one of the lead roles of the first opera performance directed by Woody Allen – “Gianni Schic­chi,” for the State Opera House in Los Angeles. During the 2009 – 2010 season, Laura Tatulescu was cast in six performances produced by Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. Soprano Teodora Gheorghiu is another soloist of the State Opera House in Vienna. Teodora has graduated the Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca, in the class of artists Niculina Mirea and Gheorghe Rosu. In 2003, Teodora Gheorghiu won the Viennese scholarship Herbert von Karajan, and respectively the second prize of the “George Enescu” Competition in Bucharest, that granted her the breakthrough so that she could become the employee of the prestigious institution.

The list of the Romanian artists may continue with names such as Tiberi Simu, soloist of the Opera House in Vienna, Alexandra Co­man, the soprano who had studied with the late Luciano Pavarotti, and who had performed at least three times beside tenor Jose Carreras, as well as beside Placido Domingo, Irina Iordachescu, who made her debut appearance in 2007 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan as Zeyno Kari in the opera “Teneke” by Italian composer Fabio Vacchi, based on a libretto by Franco Marcoaldi, and the list may go on and on.

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