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“Cosi fan tutte” returns on the National Opera stage

“Cosi fan tutte,” a beloved opera by Mozart, returns on Sunday on the stage of Bucharest National Opera (ONB) after an absence of three years, the Press Bureau of the first lyrical stage of the country informed on Wednesday. The guest of the performance in the part of Fiordiligi will be the soprano Iulia Isaev who has already played with great success another one of Mozart’s roles on the Bucharest stage, namely the countess from “Le Nozze di Figaro,” in December 2009. Together with the guest some of the most beloved soloists of the institution will play on n the Opera stage: mezzo soprano Maria Jinga (Dorabella), baritone Ion Dimieru (Guglielmo), tenor Hector Lopez (Ferrando), soprano Dorina Chesei (Despina) and baritone Florin Simionca (Don Alfonso). Director is Stefan Neagrau, scenographer Viorica Petrovici, while choreographer is Mihai Babuska. ONB orchestra and the choir of the theater, conducted by master Vasile Corjos, contribute to the success of the opera. Soprano Iulia Isaev graduated the Academy of Music from Bucharest, and immediately after graduation she debuted at ONB, as Micaela from “Carmen” by Bizet, Pamina from “Die Zauberflote” by Mozart, Mimi from “La Boheme” and Cio-cio-san from “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, Neda from “I Pagliacci” by Leoncavallo. She is laureate of several international contests: Loire Atlantique from Nantes, France (1990), George Enescu from Bucharest (1991), and Madama Butterfly from Barcelona, Spain (1992). Soprano Iulia Isaev gave also vocal-symphonic concerts: Requiem by Verdi at Concertgebow in Amsterdam, and the Music Festival from Gstaad, conducted by Rostropovich, then she sang in the role of Cleopatra from “La Mort de Cleopatra” by Berlioz in Megaron Concert Hall from Athens. She sang opera arias in concerts alongside Angela Gheorghiu and Placido Domingo, at Liceu Theater from Barcelona, at Tokyo, Nagasaki, Seoul, and in 2006 she sang at Palais Garnier from Paris, along with Angela Gheorghiu, in the New Year Concert conducted by Ion Marin. The soloist worked with conductors like Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Asher Fish, Adam Fisher, Rene Jacobs, Carlo Rizzi, Peter Schneider, Daniel Harding, Franz Welser-Most, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Michel Plasson.


Opera schedule this weekend


Friday January 29, 6,30 PM


Il Barbiere di Seviglia


Saturday January 30, 11 AM


Snow White


Saturday January 30, 6,30 PM


Madama Butterfly


Sunday January 31, 6,30 PM


Cosi Fan Tutte

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