Horiana Brănisteanu

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in 18/10/1942 in Galati, Romania. At the age of eight, she started piano and voice lessons. In 1960, she continued her studies at the Music Academy “Ciprian Porumbesc” of Bucharest, from where she graduated in 1965. After having won three important awards in The Netherlands (Hertogenbosch International Song Contest, 1971), Spain (Francisco Viñas Contest, 1971) and in Brazil (Enrico Caruso Special Award, 1973), she made her debut at the National Opera of Bucharest as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata. She sung leading soprano parts of a wide repertory at several opera theaters and festivals throughout the world and, more specifically, in Europe. Her particularly wide repertoire includes, among others, opera works such as: L’incoronazione di Poppea [The Coronation of Poppea], L'Orfeo by Monteverdi, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Entführung aus dem Serail [Abduction from the seraglio], Moisè in Egitto, Il Turco in Italia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Martha, Carmen, Rigoletto, Il trovatore, Simon Boccanegra, Un ballo in maschera, Otello, La bohème, Eugene Onegin, Les contes d'Hoffmann [The Tales of Hoffmann]. She sang at GNO as Pamina in Le nozze di Figaro in the 1978/79 season and as Mimi at Le bohème in the 1979/80 season. At present, she holds a Swiss and Austrian citizenship and works as voice teacher at the Motzarteum University of Salzburg.