The British/Romanian-born soprano Nelly Miricioiu living in London is one of the most versatile artists of our day. Her repertoire extends from the title roles in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Maria Stuarda, Anna Bolena, Lucrezia Borgia, to Puccini’s Tosca and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata. In 1982 she made her Covent Garden debut as Nedda in I Pagliacci opposite John Vickers, Piero Cappuccili and Thomas Allen. In 1983 she made a triumphant La Scala debut as Lucia di Lammermoor and since that time has been heard in all major opera houses of the world. She has worked with some of the most prestigious conductors and directors (in leading roles that include Tosca with Jose Carreras, Jose Cura, Neil Schicoff), Mimi in La Boheme (with Placido Domingo) and also Violetta in La Traviata (with Franco Bonisolli, Roberto Alagna, Renato Bruson, Alfredo Kraus) and opposite many other leading artists of the day. It was in Verdi’s La Traviata that she first became renowned for her interpretation of the role of Violetta Vallery and in this and many later roles including 19th bel canto heroines she has advanced her own unique artistry in the way for which today she has become so highly acclaimed.
Since January 2003 she has further extended her repertoire to include the title role in Mascagni’s Iris at the VARA Matinee series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw series and in April made another debut in the role of Helene in Verdi’s Jerusalem in a concert version for Frankfurt Opera. In Lisbon (May 2003) she performed a Mozart opera onstage for the first time in the role of Fiodilighi in Cosi Fan Tutte and more recent roles have included Tosca (Covent Garden, Paris, Geneve, Frankfurt, Barcelona), the title role in the World Premier of Respighi’s Maria Vottoria (Rome Opera), Elena in I Vespri Siciliani (Bastille and Metropolitan Opera), Norma (Netherlands Opera) and the title-roles in Semiramide (Liceu Barcelona) and Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur (Amsterdam Concertgebouw). Recent engagements also include the title role in Handel’s Agrippina (debut) with the New York City Opera (Nov 2007) and a broadcast concert performance of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur for Romanian Radiofuzione (Jan 2008). Recent engagements have included Roberto Devereux at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste, Tosca at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lady Macbeth in Verdi’s Macbeth at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Chelsea Opera Group and a performances series of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine in Rotterdam and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Her recordings include Puccini’s Tosca, Mercadante’s Orazi e Curiazi, Donizetti’s Rosamunda d’ Inghilterra (with Renee Fleming & Bruce Ford) and Maria De Rudenz (Maria), Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide, Pacini’s Maria d’ Inghilterra (Maria) – nominated for best bel canto recording of 1998, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana (Santuzza) and a live recording in Rome of Respighi’s La Fiamma (Silvana) and Nelly Miricioiu Live at the Concertgebouw. Latest releases including “Nelly Miricioiu -A Rossini Gala” and “Nelly Miricioiu – Bel Canto Portrait” which were both nominated as records of the year in 2000 and 2001. Roberto Devereux (Elizabetta) recorded at the ROH Covent Garden in July 2002 (by Opera Rara) was released in July 2003 followed by a new recording of Mercadante’s Emma D’Antiochia released in May 2005.