Biography

The Romanian-Swiss soprano Elena Mosuc (born in Iasi, Romania) was educated at the George Enescu Conservatory in Iași and, before completing her studies, won several international competitions, for example the international Music Competition organized by ARD Television in Munich in 1990. She received many prestigious prizes (including the Siola d’Oro and the Premio Zenatello di Verona) and in 2005 the Romanian President bestowed upon her the title Officer of the Arts, one of the highest honours awarded to a musician in Romania. In 2009 she made her doctor’s degree in musicology with The Theme of Madness in the Italian opera of the first half of the 19th century with Magna cum Laude. She was named Woman of the Year in Romania in 2009. In 2010 she became an honorary citizen of her native city. In 2015 she was the recipient of the "Marele Premiu" (‘Grand Prize’) in Romania for her outstanding international career as an opera singer.

Since the beginning of her career, Elena Mosuc has been closely connected with the Zürich Opera House, where she has appeared in various roles and débuted as the Queen of the Night (a part she has sung over 250 times). Signature roles also include Gilda, Violetta, Lucia, Mimì, Marguerite, Donna Anna, Konstanze, Zerbinetta, Luisa Miller, Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella, Norma, Nedda, Lucrezia Borgia, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Desdemona.

Guest appearances take her to all the important opera houses and festivals in Europe (including Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Venice, Brussels, Amsterdam, Bilbao and to the Verona Arena) as well as to the USA (including the New York Metropolitan and Dallas Operas), Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea.

She has worked with eminent conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Nello Santi, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Bertrand de Billy, Gustavo Dudamel, Philipp Jordan, Evelino Pidò, Valéry Gergiev a.o.and stage directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Liliana Cavani, Ruth Berghaus, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Stefan Herheim, Mario Martone, Graham Vick, Martin Kusej a.o..

Elena Mosuc frequently gives concerts and appears in opera soirées in her native country. She has established a reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and expressive sopranos.

In addition to her operatic performances, she also lends her talent to musicals and Fado concerts and she tours in a project called OPERFADO. A testimonial of her passion for film music is the CD L’amore è poesia (released in 2016) with music by Flavio Motalla especially composed for her voice and recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road Studios.

Elena Mosuc’s discography includes solo albums, as A Portrait (a 3-CD box featuring Au jardin de mon cœur, Mozart Portrait and Notre amour), Donizetti Heroines (Sony Classical), Stabat Mater by Giovanni Gualberto Brunetti (a world première recording), With Compliments (Handel arias with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra), Schön ist die Welt by Franz Lehár (awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Mahler’s Second Symphony conducted by Valery Gergiev and the complete recording of Puccini’s La Rondine. Elena Mosuc also appears in numerous DVD opera productions, as La Bohème, Rigoletto, Ariadne auf Naxos and The Magic Flute) and Lucia di Lammermoor. She also appeared in the BBC film The Genius of Mozart and in two FIFA live Galas. Forthcoming CD projects include a Verdi recital and the orchestral song cycle Tragédie d’amour by Swiss composer Émile Jaques-Dalcroze.

December 2017

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

Biography