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Roxana Constantinescu

Roxana Constantinescu

Hailed by the international press as a “world-class coloratura mezzo-soprano […] from her rich lower register, reminiscent of a vintage port wine, to her radiant top her singing is seamless and her acting, too, is remarkably accomplished” (Star Tribune), Roxana Constantinescu is renowned for the complexity of her musicianship, her ability to approach differing styles with the same beauty, commitment and honesty.

The 2017-18 season began with Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9 at the George Enescu Festival in Romania, followed by a Gala Concert with Roberto Alagna at the Musikkens Hus Aalborg, and a programme of Mozart and Bach at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow) conducted by Helmuth Rilling.  Future engagements include the title role in Carmen for Teatro Lirico Cagliari, Elijah with the Bach Collegium Japan in Leipzig, Britten’s Les Illuminations for the Festival Portogruaro, and Annio La Clemenza di Tito and Carmen, title role, for Opera de Oviedo.

Last season’s notable engagements included a revival of Hasse's Siroe at Opéra de Lausanne; Handel's Messiah at the Auditorium in Grafenegg with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Vienna and Mr Matthew Halls; a recording and concert performances of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with the Bach Collegium Japan and Mr Masaaki Suzuki; appearances with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and Hans-Christoph Rademann at the Walt Disney Hall, Princeton and Fort Lauderdale and a return to Moscow under the baton of Helmuth Rilling.  Roxana has recently made debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin with Bach’s St. John Passion and at the Verbier Festival in Verdi’s Falstaff, and house debuts at Ópera de Oviedo as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the National Center of Performing Arts Beijing as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  She appeared in Hasse’s Siroe in concert performances at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Krakow Congress Center, and has returned to Teatro La Fenice as Adalgisa in Norma and to the L.A. Philharmonic for a programme of Mozart and Arvo Pärt, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Roxana Constantinescu has made highly acclaimed debuts at Zurich Opera House and Teatro la Fenice as Adalgisa in Norma; at the Israeli Opera as Fenena in Nabucco; at L’Opéra Royal de Versailles as Emira in a new production of Siroe; at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Manon Lescaut; and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a new production of Così fan tutte. Other performances have included Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the New National Theatre Tokyo; Despina in Così fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni for Los Angeles Opera; Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in a new production at Theater an der Wien; Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Fatime in Oberon at Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse; her role debut as Charlotte in Werther for Minnesota Opera and the title role in La Cenerentola for Minnesota Opera and the Romanian National Opera Bucharest.

Between 2007 and 2010 Roxana Constantinescu was a member of the soloist ensemble at Vienna State Opera, where she made her role debuts as Rosina, Cherubino, Zerlina, Nicklausse, Lola, Fjodor and Stéphano to name but a few.  Roxana has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time: Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Helmuth Rilling, Gustavo Dudamel, Kirill Petrenko, Graeme Jenkins, Sir Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Tate, Daniel Oren, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Peter Schneider, Asher Fisch, Bertrand de Billy, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Marco Armiliato and Riccardo Frizza.  She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, among others.

Roxana is also an accomplished art song recitalist, having given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Abbaye de Lessay and Goethe’s House. She has recorded for Hänssler Classic, OEHMS Classics, SWR, CSO Resound, Artmode Records, Weltbild and Carus Verlag. Her CD recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under the baton of Pierre Boulez was nominated in 2010 for a Grammy Award.