Our Patron - Nelly Miricioiu

Hailed as a singing-actress, Nelly is one of the most versatile artists of our day. Her repertoire extends from Mozart and bel canto to Verdi, Puccini and verismo, to modern Italian opera such as Respighi and Zandonai, and taking in French and Russian composers too. As Rodney Milnes wrote in Opera Magazine “this extraordinary diva can sing anything and sing it well“.

Since her Covent Garden debut in 1982 as Nedda in I Pagliacci opposite John Vickers, Piero Cappuccili and Thomas Allen, and the 1983 triumphant La Scala debut as Lucia di Lammermoor, Nelly has been heard in all major opera houses of the world – including the Metropolitan Opera New York, Washington Opera, Arena di Verona, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin Staatsoper and Opera National de Paris. She has worked with some of the most prestigious conductors and directors in leading roles that include Tosca (with Jose Carreras, Jose Cura, Neil Shicoff), Mimi (with Placido Domingo), Violetta in La traviata (with Franco Bonisolli, Roberto Alagna, Renato Bruson, Alfredo Kraus) and opposite many other leading artists of the day.

It was the bel canto repertoire, and her dedication to rediscovering forgotten operas, where Nelly achieved particular recognition and praise. Universally acclaimed for her luscious sound, beautifully constructed technique and exceptional theatrical stage presence, Michael Davdison wrote about her in an article in Opera Magazine: “The highly individual timbre of Miricioiu’s voice, her imagination and intensity, her exceptional range and sense of timing make for a unique talent.“

Nelly continues to enjoy a thriving performance schedule, as well as a flourishing reputation as one of the most respected and sought after teachers, both in the UK and internationally. Recent performances have included Lina (Stiffelio) with Chelsea Opera Group at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, as well as recitals at St John’s Smith Square, London, the Meralco Theatre in Manila, Philippines and the Cotroceni Museum, Bucharest – where she was also honoured for her contribution to Romanian culture. She has appeared as a guest artist in Baia Mare, Romania (with the orchestra of Cluj Opera House), Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico, and at the Royal Opera House, London with the Jette Parker Young Artists – with whom she is a mentor for the programme. Recently she starred alongside Roberto Alagna, at the Bucharest National Opera Gala – receiving both a National Award, and a prize from her birth place of Iasi. In 2017, she was a recipient of the highly prestigious Constantin Brâncoveanu Award – awarded in recognition for outstanding work in Romanian Culture and arts.