Hailed by the international press as a “world-class 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.
Recently she celebrated her debut at the Opéra de Paris with the role Bradamante in Händel’s Alcina and returned to the George Enescu Festival. She also performed the title role in Vivaldi’s Judith Triumphans at the Greek National Opera, a new production filmed by Mezzo TV and broadcast worldwide. She concluded with great acclaim a European concert tour alongside Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock at Konzerthaus Wien, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg and Essen Philharmonie. She debuted in Verdi’s Requiem at the Auditorium di Milano and returned to work with Masaaki Suzuki and the Seattle Symphony. In the opera, successful performances were at the Opera de Montpellier in Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream as Hermia, preceded by appearances at the Opera de Oviedo and Teatro Lirico di Cagliari in the title role of Carmen.
Last seasons included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the George Enescu Festival in Romania, followed by a Gala Concert with Roberto Alagna at the Musikkens Hus Aalborg and a programme of Mozart and Bach at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow) conducted by Helmuth Rilling. Constantinescu sang Elijah with the Bach Collegium Japan in Leipzig and did a revival of Hasse’s Siroe at Opéra de Lausanne; Händel’s Messiah at the Auditorium in Grafenegg with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Vienna and Matthew Halls; Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under James Gaffigan; recording and concert performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall with the Bach Collegium Japan and 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 Moscow under the baton of Helmuth Rilling. Roxana has made debuts at the Konzerthaus Berlin with Bach’s St. John Passion and at the Verbier Festival in Verdi’s Falstaff, and house debuts at Ópera de Oviedo as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, and the National Center of Performing Arts Beijing as Rosina inIl Barbiere di Siviglia. She appeared in Hasse’s Siroe in concert performances at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Krakow Congress Center and has returned to Teatro La Fenice as Adalgisa in Norma and to the L.A. Philharmonic for a programme of Mozart and Arvo Pärt, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Roxana Constantinescu has made highly acclaimed debuts at Zurich Opera and Teatro la Fenice as Adalgisa in Norma; at the Israeli Opera as Fenena in Nabucco; at L’Opéra Royal de Versailles as Emira in a new production of Siroe at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in Manon Lescaut; and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a new production of Così fan tutte. Other performances have included Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin and the New National Theatre Tokyo; Despina in Così fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni for Los Angeles Opera; Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in a new production at Theater an der Wien; Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Fatime in Oberon at Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse; her role debut as Charlotte in Werther for Minnesota Opera and the title role in La Cenerentola for Minnesota Opera and the Romanian National Opera Bucharest.
Between 2007 and 2010 Roxana Constantinescu was a member of the soloist ensemble at the Vienna State Opera where she made her role debuts as Rosina, Cherubino, Zerlina, Nicklausse, Lola, Fjodor and Stéphano, among other roles.
Roxana Constantinescu has appeared with some of the foremost conductors of our 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, Josep Pons, Jesus Lopez Cobos and others. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Roxana is also an accomplished art song recitalist, having given recitals at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Musikverein Vienna, Abbaye de Lessay and Goethe’s House.
She has recorded for BIS Records, PentaTone Music, Hänssler Classic, OEHMS Classics, SWR, CSO Resound, Artmode Records, Weltbild and Carus Verlag. Her CD recording of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under the baton of Pierre Boulez was nominated for a Grammy Award.