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Ruxandra Donose

Ruxandra Donose
Nicolae Alexa


Among the most renowned singers of her generation, Ruxandra Donose has captured critical and popular acclaim in leading opera houses and concert halls around the world. Particularly associated with the Mozart and French lyric repertoire, she has transitioned in recent year to the German dramatic repertoire, enjoying huge successes as Kundry Parsifal, with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic and Elektra in Manfred Trojan’s _Orest_ at Opernhaus Zürich. This season she maker eagerly anticipated debuts as Fricka in Dieter Dorn’s production of _The Ring Cycle_ at Grand Théâtre de Genève and as Sieglinde _Die Walküre_ with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra as well as returning to Grange Park to reprise her acclaimed portrayal of Eboli Don Carlo.

Recent engagements saw her making debuts as _Norma_ at Opéra de Rouen; Jocasta in Enescu’s _Oedipe_ at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski; Eboli _Don Carlo_ at Grange Park; and Eduige _Rodelinda_ at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Further highlights include Arsace _Semiramide_ in Lyon and Paris; Komponist and Donna Elvira at Royal Opera House and Deutsche Oper Berlin; _Carmen_ in the UK premiere of Calixto Bieito’s production at ENO and in Cincinnati; the title role of _La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein_ in Geneva; Idamante _Idomeneo_ at the Ravinia Festival with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Octavian _Der Rosenkavalier_ at Bayerische Staatsoper, Bolshoi and Cincinnati Opera; Dorabella _Così fan Tutte_ for LA Opera and Spoleto, Tamiri in a new production of Vivaldi’s _Il Farnace_ in Paris, Strasbourg and Mulhouse; Adalgisa _Norma_ in Geneva; and Marguerite _La Damnation de Faust_ in Seattle.

A highly demanded concert singer, Donose has appeared with many leading orchestras around the world. Recent concert engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Philharmonia Orchestra and at the Tanglewood Festival; _La mort de Cléopâtre_ with the Philharmonia Orchestra BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; _Das Lied von der Erde_ at the Enescu Festival; Mozart _Requiem_ with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Verdi _Requiem_ with the Czech Philharmonic and Fabio Luisi; _Les nuits d’été_ on European tour with Liège Philharmonie; Rossini’s _Stabat Mater_ at Royal Festival Hall with London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin; _L’heure espagnole_ with London Symphony Orchestra and Josep Pons at the Barbican; and a Rosenblatt recital at the Wigmore Hall. One of the most in demand Marguerite La Damnation de Faust, the role has featured prominently in her concert career, with performances with the Berlin Sinfonie-Orchester, Berlin Philharmonic, Tokyo Philarmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich, Orchestre National du Capitôle in both Toulouse and Valencia; Orchestre de Paris; Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. The role was also the vehicle for her Verbier Festival debut.

Amongst her acclaimed roles are Charlotte _Werther_ (Royal Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin), _Cenerentola_ (Glyndebourne Festival, Liege, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Sesto _Giulio Cesare_ (Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, San Francisco Opera, Vienna State Opera), Nicklausse (Royal Opera House, The Met, San Francisco Opera, Opera de Paris), Komponist (Royal Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Philadelphia), Concepcion _L’heure espagnole_ (Royal Opera House), Octavian _Der Rosenkavalier_ (Bayerische Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2008 she premiered the _The Fly_ at Los Angeles Opera.

Her most recent recordings include _Arminio_ for Decca, _Tamerlano_ for Naïve and Caldara’s rediscovered opera _La concordia dei Pianeti_ for Deutsche Grammophon as well as her first solo album Romance. Further discography includes Schubert’s _Ständchen_ (Philips), Dvorak’s _Stabat Mater_ with Giuseppe Sinopoli (Deutsche Grammophon), Mahler’s _Das Lied von der Erde_ with Michael Halasz (Naxos), Bach’s _Mass in B minor_ with Sergiu Celibidache, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Béla Drahos (Naxos), Cherubino in _Le nozze di Figaro_ with Bertrand de Billy (Arte Nova), _La Cenerentola_ (DVD, Opus Arte), _Oedipe_ (Naxos), Songs by Nicolae Bretan (Nimbus), Vivaldi´s _Il Farnace_ (EMI/Virgin) and many others.

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