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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.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Another review on Classical Source

To read it click here

UPDATE: Jill Segal has also reviewed Nelly's performance for Bachtrack. To find out what she had to say click here

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Dominic McHugh reviews La Traviata

Click here to read the La Traviata full review of Dominic McHugh on Musical Criticism

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Nelly returns to Chelsea Opera Group

Nelly will return to Queen Elisabeth Hall together with Chelsea Opera Group for a performance of Donizetti's Belisario, next year on February 13. This will mark her return to bel canto with COG after her 2007 appearance in Beatrice di Tenda.
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.

Changes to the schedule!

The performance of Adriana Lecouvreuer on the 28th April in Timisoara, Romania has now been rescheduled for 30th April 2010, whilst the Master Class, 1-9 May, has been cancelled.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Exclusive Traviata reactions!

Despite suffering from a head cold that put her appearance under threat Nelly Miricioiu still managed to wow the crowd and get a standing ovation, last night at La Traviata performance with Chelsea Opera Group at Queen Elisabeth Hall, London.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Violetta on my mind..

Two days left until Nelly's return as Violetta in La Traviata, a role that she adores but hasn't performed since 1991. We have dedicated a lot of posts to this event and whilst we wait until Sunday, take a look below at a collage of pictures of Nelly in Verdi's most loved opera.

Act 2, the real tear jerker?

Some have already gone through a couple of handkerchiefs and napkins by the time act 3 settles in. That duet between Violetta and Germont Sr. brings out the infamous Verdi pathesim and some string tunes to die for.

Begging for mercy both Nelly Miricioiu and Sergei Leiferkus give a stellar rendition of the duet in this concert performance:

Another Romanian interview

One of the most popular newspapers in Romania has featured Nelly in an article called Unknown at home, adored by foreigners, where Nelly gave a short count of her life during the communist regime, her family, her career, her friendship with Marianne Cornetti and her everlasting wish, to sing more in Romania.

Again, this one is for our Romanian followers or those who have access to some good web translators.

Click here for the article.

And one other thing....

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.

"Miricioiu demonstrated how arias of Bellini and Rossini should be sung..."

.... according to the noted Dutch critic Peter van der Lint after Nelly's appearance at the end of January in Eindhoven, Netherlands at the Storioni Festival. No further comment needed!

La Traviata Complete Cast

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

Nelly's interviews score highly on Musical Criticism

As most of you might know, last year Nelly was interviewed twice by Dominic McHugh the editor and founder of MusicalCriticism.com The wonderful news, came again from Dominic who told us that the interviews with Renee Fleming, Roberto Alagna, Elina Garanča and Nelly Miricioiu were the most popular among the online publication's readers.
In case you've missed it, click here and here to find out about Nelly's take on singing, life, art ..well...almost everything.

The two Germonts: Alan Opie and Cosmin Ifrim

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

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.

Cosmin Ifrim

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.