Ariën Artists - Ana-Camelia STEFANESCU, soprano - English biography





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The Romanian soprano Ana-Camelia Stefanescu was born in 1974 in Bucharest. Following studies at the Dinu Lipatti Music School in Bucharest, she decided to concentrate on singing and worked with Ionel Voineag and Andreiana Rosca. She has been awarded prizes in a number of important singing competitions including the Verviers International Competition, but caught the attention of the international opera world when she won Second Prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium.

As principal artist with the Romanian National Opera, Ana-Camelia Stefanescu sang numerous roles including Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Rosina (Barbiere di Siviglia), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Queen of the Night (Zaubeflöte). With the latter role, Ana-Camelia Stefanescu made her debut at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, the Vienna State Opera and the Staatsoper Berlin. And when the Berlin production was invited to Japan, Ana-Camelia Stefanescu was chosen by conductor Daniel Barenboim to perform it there. The ensuing years, she belonged unquestionably to the most demanded Queen of the Night the with guest performances throughout Europe inlcuding the Opera Houses of Graz, Nice, Hamburg and Brussels, in the successful production stage directed by William Kentridge and led by René Jacobs.

Other engagements included : Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Dieter Kaeg's new production for Opera Ireland, The Queen in The Verurteilung des Lukullus (by Paul Dessau, after Brecht) and Narsea in Solimano at the Staatsoper Berlin. Subsequently she was engaged in Liège (Théâtre de la Place) as Frau Herz (Der Schauspieldirector) and made her debut at the Teatro Real Madrid as L'Enfant, le Rossignol and La Princesse in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges. Eventually she made her debut at the Cagliari Opera House as L'Ensoleillad in Chérubin by J. Massenet (2006) and at the Teatro lirico of Bolzano and Lucca as Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos (2007).

She got lavish praise for her role debut as Ophélie (Hamlet, by A. Thomas) in the successful production by stage director Vincent Boussard and conducted by Patrick Fournillier, proposed by Opéra National du Rhin (ONR) in Strasbourg and /Mulhouse (June 2011). The House reinvited Ana-Camelia Stefanescu to sing La Folie (Platée by Rameau) in the award-winning production by stage director Mariame Clément (together with Les Talens Lyriques led by Christophe Rousset), for Violetta in new production of La Traviata also directed by Vincent Boussard and to make her role debut as La Princesse Eudoxie in La Juive (Halevy) stage directed by Peter Konwitschny (season 2016/2017).

Amongst the new roles on her repertoire : La Fée in Pinocchio by Philippe Boesmans (2017).

Ana-Camelia Stefanescu has sung under the baton of renowned conductors such as : Daniel Barenboim, René Jacobs, Mark Minkovski, Ivan Fischer, Simone Young, Bertrand de Billy, Peter Schreier, Marc Soustrot, Sebastian Weigle, Philippe Jordan, Josep Pons, Arnold Östman, David Gimenez, Emanuel Villaume, Patrick Fournillier, Jacques Lacombe, Pier Giorgio Morandi and Adam Fischer.

In addition to her opera engagements, Ana-Camelia Stefanescu has made several recordings with the Romanian Broadcasting Corporation and for WDR in Cologne. She has also given a number of concerts and recitals in Romania, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, France, Holland, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom, including a concert in her native Romania, where she was the soprano soloist with José Carreras.

In concert she appeared in Ligeti's Requiem with the Orquesta Nacional de España, Fauré's Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, Rossini's La Petite Messe Solennelle, works by Schönberg (Portugal), Belcanto-Galas together with José Van Dam at Brussels, Bozar, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with l’Orchestre national de Lorraine, France and in Mozart's Requiem with Brussels Philharmonic led by Michel Tabachnik.

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