Russian soprano Irina Lungu makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season, singing Musetta (La bohème).
Irina Lungu studied piano, choir conducting and singing and graduated from the State Academy of Music of Voronezh in Russia in 2003. From 2003 to 2005 she attended the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Milan, where her teachers included acclaimed soprano Leyla Gencer. Lungu has been much praised for her interpretation of Violetta Valéry (La traviata), a role that she has sung throughout Italy and for the Vienna Festival, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Berlin State Opera. For La Scala, Milan, she has sung roles including Nannetta (Falstaff), Marguerite (Faust), Oxana (The Tsarina’s Slippers) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore). Other noted performances include Gilda (Rigoletto) in Turin, for Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Musetta at the Metropolitan Opera.
Lungu has won many prizes including the Maria Callas Grand Prix and the Belvedere Competition, Vienna. She represented Moldova in the 2005 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Vittorio Grigolo as Rodolfo, Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì and Irina Lungu as Musetta in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014
Irina Lungu in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014
Irina Lungu as Musetta in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2014