About

Roxana Constantinescu

Hailed by the international press as a “world-class coloratura mezzo-soprano, where from her rich lower register, reminiscent of a vintage port wine, to her radiant top her singing is seamless and her acting, too, is remarkably accomplished” (Star Tribune), Roxana Constantinescu is renowned for the complexity of her musicianship, her ability to approach differing styles with the same beauty, commitment and honesty. 

Her 2016/2017 started with a revival of Hasse’s Siroe at Opéra de Lausanne, Händel’s Messiah at the Auditorium in Grafenegg with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Vienna and M° Matthew Halls, recording and concerts of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with the Bach Collegium Japan and M° Masaaki Suzuki, appearances with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and Hans-Christoph Rademann at the Walt Disney Hall, Princeton and Fort Lauderdale and a return to Bucharest for the Charity Gala “Hope and Homes for Children” at the Romanian Athenaeum.

2015/2016 included Hasse’s Siroe in concert performances at the famous Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Krakow Congress Center, house debuts at the Ópera de Oviedo in the role of Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and at the National Center of Performing Arts Beijing in Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), a return at Teatro La Fenice as Adalgisa (Norma), first appearances in Konzerthaus Berlin with Bach’s St. John Passion, at the Grafenegg Festival with Händel’s Messiah and the Verbier Festival with Verdi’s Falstaff as well as a return at the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Mozart’s Requiem. 

Last season’s notable engagements have included successful debuts at the Zurich Opera House and Teatro la Fenice as Adalgisa (Norma), at the Israeli Opera as Fenena (Nabucco) and the Opera Royal de Versailles as Emira in a new production of Siroe, followed by concerts in Theater an der Wien, Budapest, Bucharest, Calgary and her return at the Oregon Bach Festival.

The romanian mezzosoprano has appeared as a guest in various opera houses making highly acclaimed debuts at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Manon Lescaut and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a new production of Cosi fan tutte. She has returned to the Vienna State Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), role which Roxana also performed at the New National Theatre Tokyo. She appeared twice with the Los Angeles Opera in the roles of Despina (Cosi fan tutte) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni), sang Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) in a new production of Theater an der Wien, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) and Fatime (Oberon) at the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, the title role Angelina (La Cenerentola) at the Minnesota Opera and the Romanian National Opera Bucharest, while returning to Minnesota Opera for her role debut as Charlotte (Werther).

Between 2007-2010, she was a soloist of the Vienna State Opera. Major debuts with the company were in the roles of Rosina, Cherubino, Zerlina, Nicklausse, Lola, Fjodor and Stéphano to name but a few.

Roxana Constantinescu has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of her time: Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, Fabio Luisi, James Conlon, Helmuth Rilling, Gustavo Dudamel, Kirill Petrenko, Graeme Jenkins, Sir Neville Marriner, Jeffrey Tate, Daniel Oren, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Peter Schneider, Asher Fisch, Bertrand de Billy, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Marco Armiliato, Riccardo Frizza and with Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, among others.

Roxana’s love for art song was in evidence in recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Abbaye de Lessay and Goethe’s House. She has recorded for Hänssler Classic, OEHMS Classics, SWR, CSO Resound, Artmode Records, Weltbild and Carus Verlag. A cd recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under the baton of Pierre Boulez was nominated in 2011 for the Grammy Music Awards.