What makes Roxana Constantinescu such an attractive artist is the complexity of her musicianship and acting, her ability to approach differing styles with the same beauty, commitment and honesty.
The romanian mezzosoprano is a prize winner in well-known national and international competitions such as „Mihail Jora“ and „Ionel Perlea“ (Romania), „Tito Schipa“ (Italy), „Concours de Chant Verviers“ (Belgium), „Helga und Paul Hohen“ Competition (Germany), but it was winning the renowned ARD Music Competition in Munich that started her international career.
Immediately following her Postgraduate Studies at the University of Music and Theater in Munich, Miss Constantinescu joined the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera, where she remained from 2007-2010. One of her major debuts with the company was in the role of Cherubino conducted by Seiji Ozawa on an Asian Tour, followed by debuts in the roles of Zerlina, Nicklausse, Siébel, Stéphano, as well as in familiar parts like Rosina, Lola and Fjodor, amongst others. Whilst in Vienna, she had the pleasure of working with conductors such as Marco Armiliato, Bertrand de Billy, Paolo Carignani, Adam Fischer, Peter Schneider, Franz Welser-Möst, Graeme Jenkins, Daniel Ettinger, Kirill Petrenko, Claude Schnitzler, Sebastian Weigle and Patrick Lange, followed by productions conducted by James Conlon, Riccardo Frizza, Rani Calderon, Carlo Montanaro, to name but a few.
Highlights of the 2010-2011 season included the title role of Angelina in La Cenerentola with the Minnesota Opera, the role debut as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Vienna State Opera, Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) with the Dallas Opera, Fatime (Oberon) and Dorabella (Così Fan Tutte) at Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.
Season 2011-2012 opened with Miss Constantinescu's much acclaimed company debut at the Los Angeles Opera in the role of Despina, followed by a successful concert tour in China together with Helmuth Rilling and the Stuttgart International Bach Academy. Further highlights included her appearance at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), her role debut as Charlotte in Minnesota Opera's new production of Werther, a South American concert tour conducted by Helmuth Rilling and the debut at Theater an der Wien in the new production of Les Contes d'Hoffmann as Nicklausse.
In the past season, the young mezzosoprano returned to Los Angeles Opera for performances of Don Giovanni (Zerlina), followed by her debut at the New National Theater in Tokyo as Rosina. She also appeared in a recital at Musikverein Brahmssaal in Wien and she was a guest at the Oregon Bach Festival under the baton of Helmuth Rilling.
Most recently, she sang Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Vienna State Opera and at Deutsche Oper Berlin, and she debuted at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Manon Lescaut.
Her future plans include Così Fan Tutte with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Norma at Opernhaus Zürich, and her first appearance at the Arena di Verona.
Miss Constantinescu’s involvement in the art song and oratario repertoire is equally active, performing the music of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn worldwide. The romanian mezzo featured the world premiere of Sven David Sandström’s Messiah, presented at the Oregon Bach Festival in July 2009, followed by a CD recording.
2009 represented also her successful concert debut at Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Symphony Hall singing Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez. The subsequent CD recording was nominated in 2011 for a Grammy Award.
The concert field brought memorable musical moments which the mezzosoprano shared with orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Arts Center Orchestra-Ottawa, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Saarbrücken, the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and collaborations with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Christoph Poppen, Gerd Albrecht, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Manfred Honeck, Gustav Kuhn and Yannick Nézet Séguin.
Miss Constantinescu’s passion for art song was in evidence in recitals around the world at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, Goethe’s House in Weimar and cities like Bucharest, Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Washington.
Roxana Constantinescu has already participated in numerous recordings for Hänssler Classic, OEHMS Classics, SWR, CSO Resound, Artmode Records, Weltbild and Carus Verlag and she has been invited in various festivals such as Oregon Bach Festival, Toronto Music Festival, Toronto Bach Festival, Musikfest Stuttgart, Rheingau Music Festival, International Bodensee Festival, The Carinthian Summer Music Festival.