Nelly Miricioiu

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Adjud, Romania, on 31/3/1952. From a young age she studied piano and was interested in singing. In 1970 she started studying at the Iaşi Music Conservatory with Tibi Popovici. Ιn 1975 she won first prize at the first competition of the “International Maria Callas Grand Prix”. She also won awards in competitions in Geneva, Paris, Sofia and Ostend (Belgium). She first appeared at the Romanian National Opera, Iași (Opera Națională Română Iași) as Queen of the Night in the Magic Flute [Die Zauberflöte]. As a member of the Brasov Opera (1975-78) she sang in the operas La bohème (Mimi), Carmen (Michaela) and The Bat [Die Fledermaus]. In 1981 she settled in Great Britain, where she first appeared in Glasgow in the operas La traviata (Violetta), Manon Lescaut, Tosca. In 1982 she sang Νedda [Pagliacci] at the London Royal Opera, as well as in the operas Faust, The Tales of Hoffmann[Les contes d'Hoffmann] and Les Huguenots. In 1983 she first appeared at La Scalla, Milan as Lucia [Lucia di Lammermoor]. Since then she has sung in many European capitals, cities in the U.S. (Metropolitan Opera of New York) and South America. Among others, her repertoire includes the operas Madama Butterfly, The Sicilian Vespers [I vespri siciliani], Ernani, as well as parts from rarely presented works of italian repertoire such as The Flame [La fiamma] by Respighi and Francesca da Rimini by Zandonai. She has recorded the operas Tosca, Orazi e Curiazi by Mercadante, Ricciardo e Zoraide by Rossini and melodies by Duparc. With the Greek National Opera she collaborated in two productions : La Traviata (1984-85) and Norma (1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01).