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Irina Lungu



Irina Lungu in action.
Irina Lungu in La bohème, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2014

Russian soprano Irina Lungu made her Royal Opera debut in 2014 as Musetta (La bohème). She returns in the 2018/19 Season as Marguerite (Faust).

Lungu studied piano, choir conducting and singing, and graduated from the State Academy of Music of Voronezh in 2003. From 2003 to 2005 she attended the Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, Milan, where her teachers included Leyla Gencer. She has sung Violetta Valéry (La traviata) for companies including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Paris Opéra, Hamburg State Opera, La Scala, Milan, Zürich Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Bolshoi Theatre and New National Theatre, Tokyo. Other notable performances include Anna Bolena, Lucia di Lammermoor, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) and Micaëla (Carmen) for Arena di Verona, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Vienna State Opera, Manon (Manon) in Bilbao, Gilda (Rigoletto) for Opera Australia, Paris Opéra, the Metropolitan Opera, New York and Rome Opera, Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims) for the Liceu, Barcelona, Mimì (La bohème) for Teatro Regio, Turin, and the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Marguerite for Dutch National Opera, Musetta for the Metropolitan Opera, Nannetta (Falstaff) for La Scala and Liù (Turandot) for Bavarian State Opera.

Lungu’s recordings include CDs and Blu-Rays of Roméo et Juliette (Juliette), Faust (Marguerite), Carmen (Micaëla), Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) and Verdi’s Il corsaro (Medora).

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Your Reaction: What did you think of Gounod's Faust live in cinemas?

30 April 2019
Your Reaction: What did you think of Gounod's <em>Faust</em> live in cinemas?

David McVicar's production starring Michael Fabiano, Irina Lungu and Erwin Schrott was relayed live to cinemas around the world.