Biography

Romanian-swiss soprano Elena Mosuc, born in Iasi (Romania), was educated at the "George Enescu" – Conservatory in Iasi and before completing her studies, she won several international competitions (a.o. the international music competition organised by the ARD German in 1990 by Television Channel I in Munich). She received many prestigious prizes (a.o. Siola d’ Oro, Premio Zenatello di Verona); in 2005 the Romanian president bestowed upon her the title Officer of the Arts, one of the highest honour which can be awarded to a musician in Romania. In 2009, she made her doctor’s degree in music science with The Theme of Madness in the Italian opera of the first half of the 19th century. In Romania she has recently been appointed Woman of the year 2009. In 2010, she became honorary citizen of her native city.

Since the beginning of her career, Elena Mosuc was connected closely to the Zurich Opera House, and she appeared there in various roles, among others as the Queen of the Night ( in whole world more than 250 times ), Konstanze, Donna Anna, Lucia di Lammermoor, Linda di Chamounix, Elvira, Gilda, Violetta, Luisa Miller, Sophie, Zerbinetta, Aminta/Timidia (The silent woman), Musetta, Micaëla, Marguerite, Liù, Medora (Il Corsaro), Nedda, Mrs. Alice Ford, Stella, Olympia, Antonia and Giulietta etc.

Guest star appearances take her continuously to all the important opera houses and festivals in Europe (a.o. to Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Venice, Verona, Brussels, Amsterdam) as well as to the USA (a.o. Metropolitan Operahouse New-York, Dallas) and Japan and China. She has worked with many of the greatest conductors (a.o. Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding) and stage directors (a.o. Franco Zeffirelli, Liliana Cavani, Ruth Berghaus, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Stefan Herheim, Martin Kusej). Elena Mosuc also continues to give frequent concerts and to appear in opera soirees in her native country. During the last years, Elena Mosuc has established her reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and expressive sopranos.

Highlights of recent seasons include her highly acclaimed role debuts as Mimì ( La Bohème ) in Zürich and Bucharest, Luisa Miller, Norma and Maria Stuarda in Zurich and at the State Opera Berlin and Norma in Lyon and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Thereupon she appeared with sensational success in La Traviata, Rigoletto, Luisa Miller, Carmen and Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro alla Scala, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Riigoletto at the Bavarian State Opera, La Traviata in the Verona Arena, at the Opera Nationala Iasi in Romania and Liceu di Barcelona, as Lucia and Donna Anna at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lucia at the Theatre du Capitole of Toulouse, Palermo and at the Teatro Regio di Torino, as Gilda at the Teatro Regio di Parma, Elvira in  I Puritani, Gilda and Violetta at the Vienna State Opera, Gilda and Elvira at the Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Zurich, at the Salzburg Festival and in Bastille ( Paris ),  in all principal female roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the State Opera of Hamburg and in Zurich, and lately as Lucrezia Borgia at the Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, Semiramide in Lyon and Paris, Magda ( La Rondine ) in München, Norma at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland, Lucrezia Borgia in ABAO Bilbao and La Traviata in Athens.

Among her next engagements it must be noticed her stage debut in Anna Bolena in Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon,  Lucia di Lammermoor in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Menorca, Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena in Genova and the debut as Desdemona in Otello with the Tokyo Philharmonie.

In addition to her opera performances, she also likes to lend her talent to other projects that spark her interest. In recent years she discovered among others Fado and Musical and has given various concerts ( OPERFADO with the greatest soloist Fado Gonçalo Salgueiro ). She also feels passionate about film music, which led to her involvement in the CD L'amore è poesia with the wonderful music of Flavio Motalla especially composed for her voice ( with The London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road Studios, CD released in September 2016).

Her discography includes solo albums  A Portrait  3 CD box ( Au jardin de mon Coeur, Mozart Portrait, Notre amour ) and Donizetti Heroines by Sony Classical, Stabat Mater by Gualberto Brunetti ( World Premier Recording ), With Compliments ( Händel arias with the Chamber Orchestra Zürich ), Schön ist die Welt by Franz Léhar (the recording received the preis of the german recordings critic), the 2° Mahler Sinfonie conducted by Valéry Gergiev, but also numerous opera productions on DVD (a.o. La Bohème, Rigoletto, Ariadne auf Naxos and The magic Flute). Interesting was her interpretation in the film The Genius of Mozart realized by BBC and her participation already twice at the FIFA Gala transmitted live in the whole world. Forthcoming projects include the recording of a Verdi recital, a song cycle with orchestra Tragédie d'amour by Swiss composer Emile Jacques-Dalcroze and the complete recording of the opera La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini.

December 2016

Elena Mosuc has established her reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and expressive sopranos.

Biography