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Clapham Opera Festival programme announced

posted 24 Jul 2015, 09:54 by CHS Info   [ updated 24 Jul 2015, 11:13 ]
The 2015 Opera Festival kicks off with a first - a masterclass on Saturday 19 September for some rising young singers by one of the great soprano opera divas, Romanian Nelly Miricioiu. 

For more details about this year's great Festival of opera see the Clapham Opera Festival website here.

Born in Adjud, Romania, Miricioiu started singing at 5 and was hailed as a child prodigy.  At 18 she sung in Pergolesi's La serva padrona and joined the Conservatory of Iași where she continued her studies with Tibi Popovici. In 1975 she won the first prize at the very first Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens. More first prizes followed at competitions in Geneva, Paris, Sofia, Ostend.

Miricioiu made her operatic debut in Mozart's The Magic Flute, as the Queen of the Night at Iaşi Romanian Opera, and continued to sing at Brasov Opera House between 1975 and 1978 in roles such as Mimì in La Bohème, Micaëla in Carmen and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus.

In 1981, she fled the communist regime and months later she debuted in Glasgow at the Scottish Opera as Violetta in La traviata; Manon Lescaut and Tosca followed. The following year she made her debut at the Royal Opera House in London as Nedda in Pagliacci, opposite Jon Vickers, Piero Cappuccilli and Thomas Allen. In 1983, she made her debut at La Scala in Milan in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor, and thereafter appeared at most major opera houses of Europe.

Miricioiu has also appeared in the United States, and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Mimì (La bohème) in 1989. 

She has worked with some of the most prestigious conductors and directors, and opposite leading artists of the day, such as José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, José Cura, Roberto Alagna, to name but a few.

The Clapham Opera Festival's performances are held at Church of the Holy Spirit, Clapham