Cristina Pasaroiu La Contessa di Almaviva
“Highly intense stage and musical presence”, “poignant low notes, high notes and passage work, enormous stamina and nuanced expression” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Cristina Pasaroiu has been celebrated at many of the world’s most prestigious opera houses, concert halls and festivals.
Cristina Pasaroiu was born in Bucharest and began her singing studies when she was 12 years old at the Music College “Dinu Lipatti” of her hometown, then she continued her studies at the Conservatory “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan with Maestro Vittorio Terranova. In 2009 she graduated at the “Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst” in Wien and entered the Young Artist Program of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, where she worked with Dolora Zajick and Jaume Aragall.
In Bologna she made her stage debut, at the age of 21, as Magda in La rondine, and there she interpreted also for the first time Micaela in Carmen, working with Michele Mariotti, and Mimì in La bohème.
In 2014 she made her company debut at Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, in the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica.
Other highlights of her carreer include great primadonna roles such as Violetta Valery in La traviata (Tiroler Festpiele Erl under the baton of Gustav Kuhn, Bucharest National Opera, Oper Frankfurt, Opéra de Nice), Adriana Lecouvreur (Frankfurt Opera, Opéra de Nice), Rachel in La juive and Valentine in Les Huguenots (Opéra de Nice), Magda in La rondine and Liù in Turandot (Deutsche Oper Berlin), Micaela in Carmen (Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Bregenz Festival), Leila in Les pêcheurs de perles (Tel Aviv), Mimì in La bohème (Opera di Roma at Terme di Caracalla, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brasil, Copenhagen), Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte (Vlaamse Opera), Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello (Frankfurt), Contessa d’Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (St.Gallen), Gilda in Rigoletto (Savonlinna Opera Festival, Essen, Wiesbaden), Handel’s Alcina (Wiesbaden), Massenet’s Manon (Seoul, Wiesbaden),
In 2018/2019 season it must be reported her successful debut, with great acclaim by public and critics, with all the four leading roles in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, a new production at Deutsche Oper Berlin.
On the concert side, Cristina Pasaroiu has been heard at the Rosenblatt Recital Series, Wigmore Hall in London, and also at Wien Musikverein, Teatro Regio di Parma, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus in Berlin as well as in Beijing, Paris, Sao Paulo, Milan and Florence.
She recorded Carmen (Frasquita), alongside Elina Garanca, with Teatro Regio di Torino for the Deutsche Grammophon and La bohème for Magazzini Sonori.
LATEST PERFORMANCES: La bohème in Basel; Manon in Wiesbaden; Les contes d’Hoffmann (four roles) at Korea National Opera Seoul; La rondine in Korea on tour with Deutsche Oper Berlin; Rigoletto at Savonlinna Festival; Turandot in Budapest; Carmen at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich; Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Deutsche Oper Berlin; La Bohème (Mimì) at Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen; Handel’s Alcina (title role debut) at Staatstheater Wiesbaden; Carmen at Bregenz Festival.
FORTHCOMING PROJECTS: Le nozze di Figaro at Theater an der Wien; La rondine at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Die tote Stadt at Enecu Festival in Bucharest; Le nozze di Figaro, Don Carlo, Idomeneo and Il trovatore in Wiesbaden.