Ruxandra Donose

— Mezzo-Soprano

“But in the middle of it is a fascinating re-interpretation of the standard, dark and dangerous Latin femme fatale. [Blonde,] Romanian mezzo Ruxandra Donose […] edges the role into a different archetype: the sexy, strong but sympathetic woman who knows her own mind and shines out in the shabby world of chavs and cheats that she inhabits. What's more, she's actually loveable (a rare quality in Carmens of my experience), singing with a warm, soft, pearly mezzo that's incredibly seductive."
Michael White, The Telegraph

“As Carmen, Ruxandra Donose suits Bieito’s take very well. [This] feral, compulsively manipulative Carmen was like a heat-seeking missile, seeking whom she may destroy, then moving on. Donose’s stillness and self-possession were like an invisible shield, setting her apart from the chaos she creates and defined from the start by a low-key, almost meditative ‘Habañera’. You always want, and hardly ever get, Carmen to be a force of nature, and Donose gets pretty close, especially with the sadness underlying her fiery, so-called free spirit...”
Peter Reed, ClassicalSource.com

"The triumph of the opera. Musically rich characterization, earthy-voiced and beguiling Desdemona."
The New York Times


Among the most renowned of her generation, Ruxandra Donose has captured critical and popular acclaim in leading opera houses and concert halls around the world. Her voice has been described as an "incredibly exciting, flowing mezzo-soprano, which has no breaks and a flawless timbre." Her expressive vocalism, thoughtful musicianship, and elegant stage presence allow her to pursue an extensive operatic and orchestral repertoire. Beginning with the Vienna State Opera, engagements led her all over the world, from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London to the Metropolitan Opera . . .

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