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Ruxandra Donose

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Ruxandra Donose in action.
Ruxandra Donose in Ariadne auf Naxos, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose made her Royal Opera debut in 2000 as Annio (La clemenza di Tito), and has since returned to sing Nicklaus/the Muse of Poetry (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Charlotte (Werther), Concepcion (L’Heure espagnole), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) for The Royal Opera.

Born in Bucharest to a family of musicians, Donose discovered opera through La traviata. She initially trained as a concert pianist, switching to voice in her late teens. She studied in Bucharest and joined the Vienna State Opera in 1992. For Vienna State Opera she has sung roles including Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), the title role in Carmen, Nicklaus and Varvara (Kát’a Kabanová). Elsewhere she has sung for companies including English National Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Los Angeles Opera, Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Paris Opéra, in repertory ranging from the title role in Vivaldi’s Farnace to Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).

Donose has a busy concert career and has worked with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta and Seiji Ozawa. Her recordings include Farnace, Roméo et Juliette and Ariane et Barbe-bleue. In her spare time she is writing a doctoral thesis on artistic interpretation and the concept of style.

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