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. Particularly associated with Mozart and French lyric repertoire, she has transitioned in recent years to the German dramatic repertoire, enjoying huge successes as Kundry Parsifal with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic; both Sieglinde Die Walküre with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and Fricka in a new Ring Cycle in Geneva; Elektra in Manfred Trojan’s Orest at Opernhaus Zurich and Staatsoper Vienna; and Judith Bluebeard's Castle with the Bamberg Symphony and Adam Fischer.
In the 2021/22 season, Donose makes her debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma as Calpurnia in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s Julius Ceasar, under the baton of Daniele Gatti; and stars as Laura La Gioconda, alongside Joseph Calleja at Grange Park Opera, Surrey. On the concert platform, Donose will join the Dresden Philharmonic for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde under the baton of Vasily Petrenko.
Highlights of the 2020/21 include Alcina Orlando Furioso at Teatro Real de Madrid; the New Year’s Eve Concert with Westdeutscher Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Cristian Măcelaru; and invitations for Mahler Das Lied von Erde with the Oslo Philharmonic under the baton of Vasily Petrenko; Sieglinde in a semi-staged concerts of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Royal Festival Hall; as well as invitations to sing Brangaene Tristan und Isolde and Eboli Don Carlo, both at the Royal Opera House.
Recent engagements for Donose include Elektra in Marco Arturo Marelli’s production of Orest with Wiener Staatsoper; her debut as Fricka in Dieter Dorn’s production of The Ring Cycle at Grand Théâtre de Genève; Sieglinde Die Walküre with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra; Bluebeard's Castle with the Bamberg Symphony conducted by Adam Fischer; the title role of Norma at Opéra de Rouen and Adalgisa in a new production in Geneva; Jocasta in Enescu’s Oedipe at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest and the Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski; Eboli Don Carlo at Grange Park; Eduige Rodelinda at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Further highlights include Arsace Semiramide in Lyon and Paris; Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos and Donna Elvira Don Giovanni 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, Bolshoi 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.
Donose has appeared with many leading orchestras worldwide, and remains in high demand as on the concert platform. 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 and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Das Lied von der Erde at the Enescu Festival; Mozart Requiem with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Verdi Requiem with the Czech Philharmonic and Fabio Luisi; Les nuits d’été on European tour with Liège Philharmonie; Rossini 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. A highly revered interpreter of Marguerite La Damnation de Faust, the role has featured prominently in her concert career, including 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, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, and as the vehicle for her Verbier Festival debut.
Highly acclaimed roles include 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 Les Contes d'Hoffman (Royal Opera House, The Met, San Francisco Opera, Opera de Paris), Komponist Ariadne aux Naxos (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, Tamerlano for 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 Symphony No.9 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) and Vivaldi´s Il Farnace (EMI/Virgin).
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