- Nelly Miricioiu
- Hailed as a singing-actress, Nelly Miricioiu is one of the most versatile artists of our day. Her repertoire extends from Mozart and bel canto to Verdi, Puccini and the verismo to modern Italian opera Respighi and Zadonai, taking in French and Russian composers too. Her artistry has been praised by everyone, from fans to critics and fellow opera singers. She has sung all over the world on the most prestigious opera stages, from the Royal Opera House to La Scala, to the Met,to Sydney Opera House, to Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. For all that and more you can visit her official website, www.nellymiricioiu.com. This is something different. Rarely can all the official data and information convey the soul of an artist, the energy behind the artistry, the story behind each character, the person who goes home once the thick opera curtains have fallen. This is why Nelly and I, have come up with an idea of a blog. Welcome to Nelly's blog,the woman behind the diva.
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Today, two very important people in Nelly's life are celebrating their birthday.
Friday, 18 June 2010
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Norma Saipe, the organiser of the London Master Classes has informed us that tenor Ian Partridge will also be taking part together with other LMC Associates in the opening concert In Memory of Philip Langridge. More updates and details to follow.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Every performance is memorable for an artist but sometimes something happens and it makes the performance and the memory of it unique. This was the case last year when during the second act of her second performance as Tosca last year at Royal Opera House, Nelly wore jewellery that belonged to Princess Grace Kelly worth £3m.
Friday, 4 June 2010
London Master Classes is an organisation devoted to promoting classical music courses offering public masterclasses with leading performers working with advanced classical music students and young professionals before audiences in major London venues.
Monday, 17 May 2010
The Times have published an interview with Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera House Music Director to preview his BBC series on Italian Opera. The article featured Pappano's top 10 Italian Operas and Nelly was pictured as the representative Norma whilst Romanian baritone George Petean was the Figaro of choice.
Friday, 7 May 2010
Sunday, 2 May 2010
Saturday, 1 May 2010
Friday, 30 April 2010
More reactions and pictures to follow!
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Marianne will take on the impetous role of Amneris for all six dates and will fly to Timisoara in between for her performance as Princess de Bouillon on the 29th.
(Below a picture of Marianne in a much more tame production of Aida)
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
|Conductor: DAVID CRESCENZI |
Adriana Lecouvreur: NELLY MIRCIOIU
Princess of Buillon: MARIANNE CORNETTI
Maurizio: CALIN BRATESCU
Michonet: DAN PATACA
Prince of Buillon: OCTAVIAN VLAICU
Quinault: IULIAN IOAN IOSIP
Poisson/Major-Domo: MARIUS ZAHARIA
Jouvenot: MARIANA SARBA
Dangeville: RAMONA ZAHARIA
Monday, 19 April 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
taken on Saturday by Frits de Ruiter during and after the Caterina Cornaro perfomance.
And for all those of you who haven't managed to listen to the live broadcast, there is a recording, temporary available, on the Radio 4 Netherlands website. Click here for the link.
Monday, 22 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
Below a ducth article published about this event, published in VPRO Guide.
She then went on to sing Anna Bolena, Maria Sturda, Roberto Devereux, Norma, Tancredi, Semiramide, Il Pirata and also versimo roles like Francesca di Rimini and Iris. She had tremendous successes with Ernani and Le Vespres Siciliennes (in french) and in 2006 she sang Adriana Lecouvreur with Marianne Cornetti and the late Sergej Larin.
To mark this special anniversary she returns tomorrow, Saturday, 20 March for a concert performance of the rarely heard Caterina Cornaro by Gaetano Donizetti. Joining her are Dario Schmunck as Gerardo and Nicola Alaimo as Lusignano and David Perry conducting.
The cast will also include Mirco Palazzi, Károly Szemerédy, Peter Gijsbertsen. This performance will be recorded for a radio broadcast.
Below a fragment of the historic performance of Armida in Amsterdam.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
A little while ago we all gathered at the Spiro Ark Centre in the heart of London, where the wonderful Maria Tudosa exhibited a series of paintings inspired by the Holocaust and Jewish sufferings. To honour her and this event, Maria's daughter, none other than Nelly Miricioiu, gave a moving recital for all those present together with one of her students Tal Katisr.
Nelly and her mother are bonded not only by blood but also by their love and deep involvement with art. After all, Maria named her daughter after the legendary soprano Nellie Melba, whose biography she was reading whilst pregnant. Although Maria started off as an actress, she later discovered her passion for singing and began training as a soprano joining one of the most prestigious Romanian musical institutions, the George Enescu Philharmonic in Iasi, Romania.
A multidimesional artist, she continued assidously to expand her horizons by dedicating herself to ballet, poetry and painting, but it was in the latter where she could find the true expression of her artistic and spiritual nature.
A fervent opposer of the Romanian communist regime her art is strongly influenced by the fight against totalitarianism as well as her passion for mysticism, spirtuality and fantastic surrealism.
Maria has exhibited her work in both her native Romania and abroad, including at the Royal Academy of Art.
The exhibition closes on 9 April and for more details please click here. Maria Tudosa's full biography can be found here.
Monday, 1 March 2010
Paul Driver for The Sunday Times
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Throughout her career, Nelly has dedicated herself to the revival of less performed operas and she has a long collaboration history with Opera Rara with who she recorded numerous bel canto masterpieces. In that tradition, she chose Donizetti's Caterina Coronaro as her annivesary performance this year of the VARA a Matinee Concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
An opera in 3 acts, Belisario was premiered to great acclaim on February 4, 1836 at Teatro La Fenice, Venice and although it was very popular through out the 19th century, modern productions are very rare.
Monday, 22 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
Begging for mercy both Nelly Miricioiu and Sergei Leiferkus give a stellar rendition of the duet in this concert performance:
Again, this one is for our Romanian followers or those who have access to some good web translators.
Click here for the article.
Singing Annina, in the same La Traviata production, is the young soprano Joanne Roughton-Arnold. Joanne is Nelly's student and has recently performed among others Norina in Don Pasquale and Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo and Euridice with Morley Opera and has in her repertoire roles like Ariel in The Tempest, The Queen of the Night, Fiordiligi and the fiendish Zerbinetta in Adriane auf Naxos.
Verdi: LA TRAVIATA [Concert Version]
London, South Bank Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall
21 February 2010
Conductor Gianluca Marcianò
Leader Diana Cummings
Chorus Master Deborah Miles Johnson
Violetta Nelly Miricioiu
Alfredo Germont Cosmin Ifrim
Giorgio Germont Alan Opie
Flora Anne-Marie Gibbons
Annina Joanne Roughton
Gastone Thomas Herford
Baron Riccardo Simonetti
Marchese Matthew Stiff
Dr Grenvil John Morrissey
Giuseppe Paul Curievici
Commisioner Matthew Sprange
In case you've missed it, click here and here to find out about Nelly's take on singing, life, art ..well...almost everything.
There has been a lot of mystery around who will partner Nelly in the upcoming production of La Traviata with Chelsea Opera Group on Sunday, 21 February, but once the cast was announced everyone knew it was worth the wait. So joining Nelly are:
Alfredo Germont -Cosmin Ifrim
Giorgio Germont - Alan Opie
Baritone Alan Opie is a regular guest at the Metropolitan Opera New York, La Scala, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Santa Fe Festival, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. At ENO he was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ Olivier Award for his performance of Falstaff.
His most recent performances include Madama Butterfly with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Candide with Teatro San Carlo in Naples; Falstaff with l’Opéra du Rhin and at the Washington National Opera; Rigoletto with Opera North and Opera Company of Philadelphia; and Tosca with Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.
His extensive concert work has included performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in San Francisco and Dallas; Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast in Dallas and Carnegie Hall; Britten’s War Requiem in Washington, Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony in Los Angeles, Elgar’s The Kingdom with the Halle Orchestra in honor of the 150th anniversary of Elgar’s birth and Apostles as part of the BBC Proms 2007 season.Alan Opie has recorded for CBS, EMI, Hyperion, Chandos, and Decca. Releases include ‘Alan Opie Sings Bel Canto Arias,’ Britten’s Gloriana, Albert Herring, Peter Grimes for which he received a Grammy Award, Death in Venice and The Rape of Lucretia; the title role in Dallapiccola’s Ulisse; Tonio in I Pagliacci; Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor; the role of Smirnov in Walton’s The Bear, Ernani, Il Trovatore, the title role in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under Sir Georg Solti for which he received his second Grammy Award.
Recent appearances have included the leading role in the world premiere of Michael Berkeley’s opera For You at the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden and on tour in the U.K., and his return to La Scala as Kolenaty in The Makropoulos Case.
After having been a member of the Vienna State Opera for 8 years, Cosmin Ifrim has started his career as a freelance artist during the 2008/2009 season. In November 2008 he sang Alfredo in La Traviata for a new production by Hugo de Ana in Maribor and in May 2009 he sang for the first time Tonio in La Fille du régiment in Bilbao.During Summer 2009 he sang again La Fille du régiment for the Klosterneuburg Festival and for the first time Duca in Rigoletto for the St Margarethen Festival.
Engagements in 2009/2010 include Billy Bud in Bilbao, Gualtiero in Bellini's Il Pirata for the National Opera in Athens and a new production of Die Entfürung aus dem Serail at the Volksoper in June 2010 and again Il Pirata in Basel.
During fall 2010 he will be returning to Bilbao as Little Bat for the new production of Floyd's Susannah and to Vienna for Die Entfürung aus dem Serail. His debut at the Liceu in Barcelona is planned for spring 2012 in the title role of Zemlinksy's Der Zwerg.
Born in Ineu/Arad he studied at the Music academy in Cluj-Napoca singing and conducting. After winning many important competitions he was engaged to the Vienna State Opera in 2000 where he first sang Lord Cecil within a new production of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux with Edita Gruberova. He quickly advanced to important and demanding roles like Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, the Italian Tenor in Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, the fisher in Rossini's Guillaume Tell or Beppe in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. For his portrayal of Squeak in Britten's Billy Budd he was awarded with the Eberhard Wächter medal. His major breakthrough at the Vienna State Opera was the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Faslstaff in 2003 in which he sang the role of Fenton. The same part he already interpreted within a touring production in all the major cities of Netherlands. During the first years of his career he also appeared at the Italian Tenor at the State Opera Berlin, as Alfredo in Verdi's La Traviata in Mostar as well in Strauss' Salome and as Rosillion in Lehár's The Merry Widow in Tel Aviv.
His concert repertoire includes Orff's Carmina Burana, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater and Mendelsohn's Lauda Sion.
Among the important conductors he has worked with so far are Richard Hickox, Zubin Mehta, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Mutti, Seiji Ozawa, Donald Runnicles, Ulf Schirmer,Vjekoslav Sutej, Christian Thielemann, Franz Welser-Möst and Marcello Viotti.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Operaonline is the Romanian answer to Operachic or Intermezzo and Nelly thoroughly enjoyed answering her questions as well as browsing through her blog which for all of you Romanian opera lovers out there is a must.
To read the interview click here.
Romanian language knowledge or a Google/personal translator are a must!
Nelly and Marianne Cornetti are confirmed to sing Adriana Lecouvreur in Timisoara, Romania in April this year and it will be for the first time they will perform together in Romania although Marianne has visited Romania with Nelly on numerous occasions.
Here are some fun facts for you:
Although they have been best friends for a long time Marianne and Nelly will play the sworn rivals Adriana Lecouvreur and Principessa de Bouillon, bringing all the guns out for the love of Maurizio
After some fiery vocal displays in the second and third act, the princess is the one who kills Adriana by sending her a bouquet of poisoned flowers (the real Adriane Lecouvreur actually managed to survive an assassination attempt which involved poisoned cookies and died of dysentery in the arms of Voltaire).
Marianne and Nelly became friends during a 2002 Adriana Lecouvreur performance in Rome (see the picture, Nelly, Marianne ,Salvatore Licitra and Daniel Oren)
This is one of Nelly's favourite roles. She debuted it in 2000 at La Scala and sung it since then on numerous occasions to great acclaim.
Nelly loves Netherlands. She adores singing there and meeting her Dutch fans and she performs there very often, a couple of times a year. This month she has been invited to perform during the Storioni Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands which takes place between 14 and 27 January 2010.
Take a look at the schedule of the nights she is due to perform:
Saturday 16 January:
Concert, Muziekcentrum, Eindhoven Eindhoven Airport Hall (Muziekcentrum, Eindhoven), starting at 20:15
Charles Ives, The Unanswered Question - Alina Ibragimova, Alexander Kagan, Steven Dann, Marc Vossen, Aldo Baerten, Alexander Fiterstein, Bart Schneeman, Esther Ursem & Alain de Rudder
Peter – Jan Wagemans, Summer Concerto, Neuss Kammerorchester & Storioni Trio m.m.v. Yi-ping Yang
Joseph Haydn, Cello concerto hob.VIIb:1, Neuss Kammerorchester & Nathalia Gutman
Dmitri Shostakovich, Piano trio 1 opus 8, Storioni Trio
Giovanni Bottesini, Grand Duo Concertante, Neuss Kammerorchester, Alina Ibragimova & Niek de Groot
Gioachino Rossini, Ermione 'Essa corre al trionfo!', Neuss Kammerorchester & Nelly Miricioiu
Vincenzo Bellini , La Sonnambula, 'Ah non credea mirarti – Ah non giunge' , Neuss Kammerorchester & Nelly Miricioiu
Vincenzo Bellini, Il Pirata 'Colsorriso d'inocenza' , Neuss Kammerorchester & Nelly Miricioiu
Monday 18 January:
Concert, Tilburg, starting at 20:15
Joseph Haydn, Divertimento, Wouter Vossen, Hervé Joulain & Adrian Brendel
Ludwig van Beethoven, Variations on Manner welche liebe, Markus Groh & Li Wei Qin Igor Stravinsky, Concertino, Daedalus Quartet
Robert Schumann, Marchenerzahlungen op 132, Markus Groh, Steven Dann & Alexander Fiterstein
Ottorino Respighi, Songs, Nelly Miricioiu & Bart vd Roer - 1.Stornellatrice /
2.Invito alla danza/
6.E se un giorno tornasse
Franz Schubert, Forellen quintet op. 114 D667, Storioni Trio, Vladimir Mendelssohn & Niek de Groot
Wednesday 20 January:
- Masterclass at the Fontys Conservatorium
For the complete info about the Festival check out the official website
La Miricioiu considers herself as much British as Romanian. She lives in London with Barry, her wonderful husband, Daniel their 18 year old son and her mother who at 80 is a fervent artist.
When she is not singing she loves cooking, throwing dinner parties for her friends, playing the piano, she's currently very much into Beethoven and listening to all sorts of music like Led Zeppelin, Queen, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers or Queen.
When Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor are on TV, you will find her in front of the TV and voting for her favourites competitors, also making sure that the shows are recorded should she be away singing in some corner of the world.
And when she's not singing, or cooking or watching TV, she likes surfing the Internet. Yes, she is very tech-savy and thinks You Tube is one of the best inventions ever.
She admires people like Freddie Mercury or the Romanian folk singer Maria Tanase and has a soft spot for Dolly Parton.
And this blog will give you some of those insights, as well as photos, complete performance information and should you have any questions or curiosities feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.