Nelly Miricioiu

Biography

Romanian soprano Nelly Miricioiu has had one of the major operatic careers beginning in the last two decades of the twentieth century. She is a lyric/dramatic soprano with a repertory that embraces the most powerful Italian dramatic roles and the great bel canto heroines.

She studied in Iasi, a regional center in Romania, then continued her schooling in Milan. Her first appearance was as the Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte
Read more in Iasi in the mid-1970s. Stardom did not come overnight. She became a member of the roster of the Brasov Opera in Romania in 1975 and remained there through 1978. She sang on various stages, learning her craft, left the repressive Ceaucescu Communist regime in Romania, and obtained a position with the Scottish Opera from 1981 to 1983. Her debut role in Glasgow was as Tosca.

Then the Scottish Opera was not as highly regarded as it would be later, and Miricioiu was not widely noted, giving her an opportunity to broaden her repertory. It was at that point that her voice gained the maturity that allowed her to move into dramatic territory with roles such as Violetta Vallery in Verdi's La Traviata, and Puccini's Tosca and Manon Lescaut.

In 1982, things began to happen for her. She made her debut at Covent Garden in London as Nedda in I Pagliacci opposite the great Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, with Piero Cappuccili and Thomas Allen also in the cast. Then in the Opéra-Comique of Paris she sang the leading female roles in all three main acts of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman, again to general acclaim.

Her rise to stardom occurred in 1983 when she triumphed at La Scala, Milan in her debut there, as Lucia di Lammermoor. By then Covent Garden had already engaged her to return, and in short order she sang Musetta in La bohčme, Valentine in Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, and Marguerite in Gounod's Faust. She first sang with the English National Opera in 1984 as Violetta, which has become one of her signature roles.

As an artist at the peak of the operatic hierarchy, she has sung in most if not all of the world's great houses. Her Metropolitan debut was in 1989 as Mimě in Bohčme, and with some of the greatest stars of the operatic stage, including José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Rento Bruson, Roberto Alagna, Franco Bonisooli, José Cura, Neil Shicoff, and Alfred Kraus.

In the 1990s, she expanded her repertory into the great bel canto roles and has become one of the sopranos most in demand for that repertory. She sings heroic parts in Rossini operas such as Armida, Semiramide, and Ermione, the role of Queen Elizabeth in Donizetti's Roberto Devereux, Donizetti's Rosamunda d'Inghilterra and Maria De Rudenz, Rossini's Ricciardo e Zoraide, and Elvira in Verdi's Ernani.

In addition, other operas she has sung are Mercadante's Orazi e Curiazi, Madama Butterfly, Norma, Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini, Respighi's La Fiamma, Cilea's Adriana Lecourvreur, Meyerbeer's Robert le diable, Bellini's Norma, Elisabeth de Valois in Don Carlos, and Elena in I Vespri Siciliani.

She is also active as a concert singer. In 1986, she established an important series called the Vara Matinee Concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and is particularly well known for her interpretations of the songs of Duparc. She has made numerous recordings. Read less
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  • 1.
    Rossini: Ricciardo E Zoraide / Parry, Matteuzzi, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 1068252 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu,  Alastair Miles,  Bruce Ford,  Della Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Puccini Operas, Vol. 1: Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506028 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Marcel Rosca,  Miriam Gauci,  Kaludi Kaludov,  Vincente Sardinero  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Will Humburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Orchestra,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus,  Slovak State Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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    Great Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501054 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Boje Skovhus,  Renato Girolami,  Janusz Monarcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Rico Saccani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest  ... 
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  • 4.
    The Ultimate Puccini Opera Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578066-67 Release Date: 12/14/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Luba Orgonasova,  Jonathan Welch,  Thomas Harper,  Miriam Gauci  ... 
    Conductor:  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Michael Halász,  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Belgian Radio And Television Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 5.
    Celebrating 40 Years - Then And Now
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 248 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giovanni Pacini  ... 
    Performer:  Thora Einarsdottir,  Toby Spence,  Bulent Bezduz,  Colin Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Maurizio Benini,  James Judd,  Alun Francis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir  ... 
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    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1041 Release Date: 10/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Duparc,  Enrique Granados,  Ottorino Respighi,  Heinrich Proch  ... 
    Performer:  David Harper,  Nelly Miricioiu
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    Vocal Teamwork - Rare Operatic Ensembles
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 233 Release Date: 01/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carlo Coccia,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ferdinando Paër,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  Anne Mason,  Bruce Ford,  Mark Glanville  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  John Matheson,  Giuliano Carella,  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Puccini
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552119-20 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Miriam Gauci,  Alberto Rinaldi,  Giorgio Lamberti,  Miroslav Dvorsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Michael Halász,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Will Humburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bratislava Philharmonic Chorus,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava  ... 
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  • 9.
    Mercadante: Emma D'antiochia / Parry, Miricioiu, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 26 Release Date: 08/10/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Saverio Mercadante
    Performer:  Bruce Ford,  Maria Costanza Nocentini,  Rebecca von Lipinski,  Colin Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Opera in English - Dennis O'Neill
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3105 Release Date: 06/29/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Dennis O'Neill,  Bruce Ford,  Barry Banks,  Elisabeth Bainbridge  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
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  • 11.
    Mercadante Rediscovered / Parry, Miricioiu, Ford, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 226 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Saverio Mercadante
    Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu,  Bruce Ford,  Yvonne Kenny,  Alastair Miles  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    Sogno Talor... Special Collection Celebrating 25 Years
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 225 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Jacques Offenbach,  Saverio Mercadante  ... 
    Performer:  Yvonne Kenny,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Majella Cullagh,  Jennifer Larmore  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry,  Giuliano Carella,  Alun Francis,  James Judd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    The Pearl Fishers And Other Famous Operatic Duets
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555797 Release Date: 08/19/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Janez Lotric,  Igor Morozov,  Kaludi Kaludov,  Miriam Gauci  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Alexander Rahbari,  Will Humburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Brussels Belgian Radio & TV Philharmonic Chorus,  Jaak Gregoor Chorus  ... 
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    Donizetti: Roberto Devereux / Benini, Miricioiu, Bros, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 24 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu,  José Bros,  Sonia Ganassi,  Roberto Frontiali  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Tyrants And Lovers / Parry, Miricioiu, Larmore, Ford, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 221 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Michael Balfe,  Saverio Mercadante  ... 
    Performer:  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Elizabeth Futral,  Jennifer Larmore,  Bruce Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Duets To Die For - Larmore, Fleming, Miricioiu, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 220 Release Date: 02/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Pacini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Carlo Coccia,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu,  Mary Plazas,  Alastair Miles,  Renée Fleming  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 17.
    Best Of Naxos Vol 4
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550004 Release Date: 01/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Nelly Miricioiu,  Silvano Carroli,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Johannes Wildner,  György Lehel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    O Mio Babbino Caro -famous Soprano Arias From Italian Operas
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555796 Release Date: 11/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Ewa Podles,  Stefka Evstatieva,  Nina Larionova,  Miriam Gauci  ... 
    Conductor:  Piergiorgio Morandi,  Alexander Rahbari,  Johannes Wildner,  Will Humburg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian State Opera Orchestra,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Bel Canto Portrait / Nelly Miricioiu
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 217 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Michael Costa,  Saverio Mercadante
    Performer:  Dominic Natoli,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Nelly Miricioiu,  Alice Coote  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Renée Fleming Sings - Donizetti: Rosmonda D'inghilterra
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 214 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Bruce Ford,  Nelly Miricioiu,  Alastair Miles  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Rossini Gala - Nelly Miricioiu / David Parry, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 211 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 22.
    Opera In English - Cav & Pag / Parry, O'neill, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 3005 Release Date: 02/22/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Paul Parfitt,  Peter Hall,  Dennis O'Neill,  William Dazeley  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Il Salotto Vol 2 - La Potenza D'amore / Miricioiu, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 208 Release Date: 12/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Michele Carafa,  Saverio Mercadante,  Giovanni Pacini  ... 
    Performer:  David Harper,  Enkelejda Shkosa,  Majella Cullagh,  Garry Magee  ... 
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    Il Salotto Vol 1 - Mercadante: Les Soirees Italiennes
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 206 Release Date: 07/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Saverio Mercadante
    Performer:  Bruce Ford,  David Harper,  Alastair Miles,  Yvonne Kenny  ... 
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    Donizetti: Maria De Rudenz / Parry, Miricioiu, Ford, Et Al
    Label: Opera Rara   Catalog: 16 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu,  Matthew Hargreaves,  Regina Nathan,  Nigel Douglas  ... 
    Conductor:  David Parry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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