Manager: William G. Guerri
Management Territory: North & South America
“But in the middle of it is a fascinating re-interpretation of the standard, dark and dangerous Latin femme fatale. [Blonde,] Romanian mezzo Ruxandra Donose […] edges the role into a different archetype: the sexy, strong but sympathetic woman who knows her own mind and shines out in the shabby world of chavs and cheats that she inhabits. What's more, she's actually loveable (a rare quality in Carmens of my experience), singing with a warm, soft, pearly mezzo that's incredibly seductive." Michael White, The Telegraph
“As Carmen, Ruxandra Donose suits Bieito’s take very well. [This] feral, compulsively manipulative Carmen was like a heat-seeking missile, seeking whom she may destroy, then moving on. Donose’s stillness and self-possession were like an invisible shield, setting her apart from the chaos she creates and defined from the start by a low-key, almost meditative ‘Habañera’. You always want, and hardly ever get, Carmen to be a force of nature, and Donose gets pretty close, especially with the sadness underlying her fiery, so-called free spirit...” Peter Reed, ClassicalSource.com
"The triumph of the opera. Musically rich characterization, earthy-voiced and beguiling Desdemona." The New York Times
Among the most renowned of her generation, Ruxandra Donose has captured critical and popular acclaim in leading opera houses and concert halls around the world. Her voice has been described as an "incredibly exciting, flowing mezzo-soprano, which has no breaks and a flawless timbre." Her expressive vocalism, thoughtful musicianship, and elegant stage presence allow her to pursue an extensive operatic and orchestral repertoire. Beginning with the Vienna State Opera, engagements led her all over the world, from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London to the Metropolitan Opera . . . New York, from San Francisco Opera to The Opera National de Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles, Munich Madrid or Tokyo, working with conductors such Claudio Abbado, Sergiu Celibidache, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Mariss Jansons, Donald Runnicles, Vladimir Jurowski, Pierre Boulez and many others.
Upcoming and most recent U.S. engagements include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and concert performances of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Donose’s most recent engagements overseas include performances of the Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, La Favorite with the National Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, Rodelinda at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Arminio at Theater an der Wien, and Princess Eboli in Don Carlo with Grange Park Opera.
Ms. Donose was recently heard as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier with Cincinnati Opera and Dorabella in Così fan tutte with Los Angeles Opera. She appeared as Tamiri in a new production of Vivaldi´s Il Farnace in Paris, Lausanne, Strasbourg and Mulhouse, performed Charlotte in Werther at Romanian National Opera, and returned to Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in one of her signature roles, Donna Elvira in Mozart´s Don Giovanni. On the concert platform she appeared in her native Romania with the National Radio Orchestra for a performance of Mahler´s Das Lied von Erde. British audiences see Ms. Donose debut with BBC Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow and Aberdeen with Berlioz´s Le Mort du Cleopatre and in London at Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall with London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Rossini´s Stabat Mater under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.