Among the most renowned singers of her generation, Ruxandra Donose has captured critical and popular acclaim in leading opera houses and concert halls around the world. She has performed at venues including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, New York, San Francisco Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Vienna State Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, Los Angeles Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Real Madrid and Tokyo.
In the 2017/18 season Donose makes a number of eagerly anticipated role debuts including Kundry Parsifal with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Baden-Baden Festspiele under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and the title role Norma at Opéra de Rouen. On the concert platform she appears with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski in concert performances of Enescu’s Oedipe at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Royal Festival Hall.
Following her hugely acclaimed debut as Eboli Don Carlo in 2016, Donose continued her exploration of dramatic repertoire last season by taking on the role of Elektra in a new production of Manfred Trojahn’s Orest at Opernhaus Zürich. Other highlights last season include Eduige Rodelinda and Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolsoi and Adalgisa Norma at Grand Théâtre de Genève.
Recent highlights include Arsace Semiramide in Lyon and Paris; Komponist and Donna Elvira at Royal Opera House and Deutsche Oper Berlin; Carmen in the UK premiere of Calixto Bieito’s production at ENO and in Cincinnati; the title role of La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein in Geneva; Idamante Idomeneo at the Ravinia Festival with James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier at Bayerische Staatsoper and Cincinnati Opera; Dorabella Così fan Tutte for LA Opera and Spoleto, Tamiri in a new production of Vivaldi´s Il Farnace in Paris, Strasbourg and Mulhouse and Marguerite La Damnation de Faust in Seattle. Last season she was heard as Eduige in her company debut with the Bolshoi and returned to Royal Opera House to reprise her much acclaimed Komponist. In summer 2016 she made an outstanding debut as Princess Eboli Don Carlo at Grange Park Opera.
A highly demanded concert singer, Donose has appeared with many leading orchestras around the world. Recent concert engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Philharmonia Orchestra and at the Tanglewood Festival; La mort de Cléopâtre with the Philharmonia Orchestra BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Das Lied von der Erde at the Enescu Festival; Mozart's Requiem with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Verdi's Requiem with the Czech Philharmonic and Fabio Luisi; Les nuits d’été on European tour with Liège Philharmonie; Rossini´s Stabat Mater at Royal Festival Hall with London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin; L’heure espagnole with London Symphony Orchestra and Josep Pons at the Barbican; and a Rosenblatt recital at the Wigmore Hall. One of the most in demand Marguerite La Damnation de Faust, the role has featured prominently in her concert career, with performances with the Berlin Sinfonie-Orchester, Berlin Philharmonic, Tokyo Philarmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich, Orchestre National du Capitôle in both Toulouse and Valencia; Orchestre de Paris; Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal. The role was also the vehicle for her Verbier Festival debut.
Amongst her acclaimed roles are Charlotte Werther (Royal Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Cenerentola (Glyndebourne Festival, Liege, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Sesto Giulio Cesare (Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, San Francisco Opera, Vienna State Opera), Nicklausse (Royal Opera House, The Met, San Francisco Opera, Opera de Paris), Komponist (Royal Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Philadelphia), Concepcion L'heure espagnole (Royal Opera House), Octavian Der Rosenkavalier (Bayerische Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2008 she premiered the The Fly at Los Angeles Opera.
Her most recent recordings include Arminio for Decca, Tamerlanofor Naïve and Caldara’s rediscovered opera La concordia dei Pianeti for Deutsche Grammophon as well as her first solo album Romance. Further discography includes Schubert’s Ständchen (Philips), Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Giuseppe Sinopoli (Deutsche Grammophon), Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Michael Halasz (Naxos), Bach’s Mass in B minor with Sergiu Celibidache, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Béla Drahos (Naxos), Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Bertrand de Billy (Arte Nova), La Cenerentola (DVD, Opus Arte), Oedipe (Naxos), Songs by Nicolae Bretan (Nimbus), Vivaldi´s Il Farnace (EMI/Virgin) and many others.
Title role Norma
Opéra de Rouen
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis
There’s a superb Princess Eboli from the vibrant Romanian mezzo, Ruxandra Donose.
Telegraph, June 2016
The Romanian mezzo Ruxandra Donose is nothing short of superb as the disruptive seductress Princess Eboli, scattering sinuous charm on her playful “Veil” song and fire and brimstone when it comes to her vengeance and remorse.
Ruxandra Donose has a caressing, velvety-smooth voice, and a way of harnessing her stage energy to a point of stillness that makes her mesmerizing