Ionescu Irina

Ionescu Irina

Coloratura Soprano

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«a name […] that will be much talked about in the music world in the near future”» (2016)
2000Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2000Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannOlympia
2000Mozart: Die ZauberflöteKönigin der Nacht
2000Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina
2000Orff: Carmina BuranaUnknown
2000Verdi: RigolettoGilda
2000Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48, D minorUnknown
2000Rossini: Stabat MaterSoprano
2000Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem SerailBlondchen
2000Delibes: LakméLakmé
2000Thomas: HamletOphélie
2000Strauss R.: Der RosenkavalierSophie
2000Donizetti: Don PasqualeNorina
2000Handel: AlcinaMorgana
2000Mozart: Der SchauspieldirektorMadame Herz
2000Handel: MessiahSoprano


Irina Maria Ionescu – coloratura soprano Biography For more than a decade, coloratura soprano Irina Maria Ionescu has been enchanting audiences across Europe in high‐profile singing competitions as well as opera and symphonic concerts under the direction of some of the world’s greatest conductors. With a vast portfolio of opera roles, symphony solo parts and aria recitals, she distinguishes herself as one of the top upcoming opera performers from Romania, quickly gaining national and international prominence with performances like Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Seviglia” and “Stabat Mater”, Fauré’s “Requiem”, and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana”. Reviews of her performances rightfully note that she is “a name […] that will be much talked about in the music world in the near future”. Highlights from her repertoire include full roles as Morgana in G. Fr. Handel’s “Alcina”, Madame Herz in W.A. Mozart’s “Der Schauspieldirektor”, Königin der Nacht in W. A. Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte“, Olympia in J. Offenbach’s “Die Zauberflöte“ , Lakmé in L. Délibes’ namesake opera, Rosina in G. Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Sevilla”and Gila in G. Verdi’s “Rigoletto”. Other appearances as Ophélia in A. Thomas’ “Hamlet“, Zerlina in Mozart’s “Don Giovani“ and Adele in J. Strauss’ “Die Fledermauss“ have been as successful and have proven her talent and powerful stage presence to various audiences and fellow musicians alike. Possessing a beautiful coloratura soprano voice and a great interpretive talent, Irina quickly captivated the concert goers on every stage she has set foot on. Her unique vocal skills have been perfected at the National Music University of Bucharest where she is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree and where she also received a Masters Degree, subsequently at Joaquin Rodrigo Conservatory of Valencia, Centro de Perfeccionamiento “Placido Domingo” of Reina Sofia and through scholarships at Mozarteum University of Salzburg. Some of the awards and prizes in high‐caliber competitions include: winner of the national competition “Victor Giuleanu” in Bucharest, prize winner of the international competition ”Le Grand Prix de l’Opera”, prize winner of the national competition “Colmenar Viejo” in Spain, and an honors award at the prestigious “George Enescu” Festival in Bucharest. It goes without saying that during her prolific career, now spanning almost two decades, Irina has held numerous recitals and has had remarkable appearances with the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, National Radio Orchestra and other notable orchestras under the direction of conductors like Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gherghiev, Garcia Asensio, Alberto Zedda, Yaron Traub, Martin Fischer‐Dieskau, Horia Andreescu, and many more. All her performances have been marked by triumphs and most favorable comments by critics and conductors. Her portfolio also includes a wide array of genres from oratorio, cantata, chanson, art song, lied and Canción española. Her full reperoire is available in the curriculum vitae.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Zerbinetta Bucharest Symphony Orchestra Sala Radio 2000
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann Olympia 2000
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Königin der Nacht Opera Comica Bucharest 2000
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Rosina Romanian National Opera 2000


winner of the National Competition Victor Giuleanu, Bucharest
National Competition Mihail Jora, Bucharest
Special prize for the interpretation of Valentin Teodorian’s lied, National Competition Mihail Jora
International Competition Le Gran Prix De L’opera, prize winner
National Competition Victor Giuleanu, Bucharest 1st prize
Winner of a scholarship in Mozarteum, Salzburg
National Competition Colmenar Viejo Spain 1st prize
Centro de Perfeccionamiento Placido Domingo Reina Sofia, Spain
Francisco Viñas Competition, Barcelona
Young Competition, Madrid, 1st prize
Manuel Ausensi International Competition, Barcelona prize winner
Ramón Pastor Competition, Valencia prize winner
National Competition of interpretation Martian Negrea prize winner
National Competition Spring of the arts, Bacau 1st prize
George Enescu Festival, Bucharest Encouragement Award
National Competition, Braila 1st prize
National Competition, Ploiesti prize winner
Dyploma Municipal Bucharest Nacional Competition prize winner