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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 sings Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) for The Royal Opera during the 2013/14 Season. Donose’s other roles for The Royal Opera have included Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Concepcion (L’Heure espagnole), Charlotte (Werther) and Nicklausse/the Muse of Poetry (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).

Born in Bucharest to a family of musicians, Donose fell in love with opera after hearing La traviata. She initially trained as a concert pianist, only 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, Nicklausse and Varvara (Kát’a Kabanová). She has also 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 the Composer and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).

Donose also has a busy concert career, working with conductors including Abbado, Boulez, Mehta and Ozawa. Her recordings include Farnace, Roméo et Juliette and Dukas’ Ariane et Barbe-bleue. She lives in Vienna with her husband, an opera and theatre director, and their children. In her spare time she is writing a doctoral thesis on artistic interpretation and the concept of style.

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