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Leontina Vaduva
Opera soprano

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Born: 1964, Romania


  • Music Conservatory of Bucharest


  • Since the debut on the stage of the Toulouse Opera House, in 1987, her rise to success was meteoric: she was acclaimed successively at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (1988), at Vienna Staatsoper (1991) and again at Covent garden in 1994. This followed with her American debut with San Francisco Opera in 1996, adding to the series of her performances on the stages of Munich, Paris, Brussels, Barcelona, the Scala of Milano and the New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Her debut at the Metropolitan, in 2000, was in the role of Mimi in La Boheme. This was followed by the Los Angeles Opera (Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust), in the year 2000 and and again at the opera in Baltimore in 2001.

  • 1986 - sings her first Manon (Massenet) under the direction of Mo. Plasson at the Théâtre du Capitôle - Toulouse. The protagonist of Massenet becomes her favourite role that she will sing in Nice, London – Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris – Opéra Comique and Bastille, Vienna –Staatsoper, Tokyo- New National Theatre and Scala di Milano

  • The French repertoire fits her particularly:

    • Leila (The Pearls fishers) in Toulouse and Paris

    • Micaela (Carmen) in Paris

    • Choregies d’Orange, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Vienna, London, Buenos Aires, Dallas

    • Antonia (Tales of Hoffmann) in London

    • Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) in Toulouse, London, Geneva and Zurich

    • Mireille in Marseille, Bordeaux and Santiago de Chile

    • 2000 - Marguerite (Faust) with the Los Angeles Opera opposite S. Ramey

  • The Italian repertoire

    • Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) in Toulouse and Brussels

    • Adina (L’elisir d’amore) in Toulouse, Vienna and Barcelona

    • Norina (Don Pasquale) in Toulouse and Paris

    • Gilda in Verdi's “Rigoletto”

    • Violetta (La Traviata) in Bordeaux and Toulouse

    • Mimi (La Bohème) in Toulouse, Madrid, London, Paris, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Florence and Berlin, Baltimore, Japan Tour, Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania

  • Concert halls with orchestra or piano in Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Orange, Brussel, Leipzig, Florence, Tokyo and Osaka.

  • 2000 - Blanche de la Force (Les dialogues des Carmelites) under the direction of R. Muti at La Scala di Milano

  • Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) Liceu de Barcelona, 2003

  • Marguerite (Faust) Teatro Regio Torino, 2003
  • Alice Ford (Falstaff) Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, 2004
  • Manon, in Jules Massenet’s “Manon Lascaux” (Covent Garden, 1988), Tokyo
  • Marguerite in Gounod’s “Faust” (Los Angeles)


  • 1995 - made her debut recording for EMI Classics, of Mimì in Puccini's La Bohème. The recording features a formidable cast of international opera stars: Roberto Alagna as Rodolfo, Thomas Hampson as Marcello, Simon Keelyside as Schaunard, Samuel Ramey as Colline and Ruth Ann Swenson as Musetta. The Philharmonia Orchestra is conducted by Antonio Pappano. Orchestra: London Voices, London Oratory Junior Choir, Label: EMI, Catalogue Number: CDS5561202, Released: 16 September, 1996, Audio CD DDD, Number of Discs: 2, ASIN: B000002RWC
  • Puccini: La Bohème [ENHANCED], Composer: Giacomo Puccini, Conductor: Antonio Pappano, Performer: Leontina Vaduva, Roberto Alagna, et al. Orchestra: London Voices, London Oratory Junior Choir, Label: EMI, Catalogue Number: CDS5561202, Released: 16 September, 1996, Audio CD DDD, Number of Discs: 2, ASIN: B000002RWC
  • Latest release for EMI Classics - a recital disc of opera arias, conducted by Placido Domingo. Gold and Silver Gala: From the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1996)
    Romeo et Juliette (1995)
  • Rigoletto Teldec CD C. Rizzi
  • Tales of Hoffmann Erato CD K. Nagano
  • Carmen Auvidis Valois CD A. Lombard
  • La Bohème EMI CD A. Pappano
  • Opera en el teatro romano de Merida RTVE Musica CD M.Gomez-Martinez
  • French and Italian Operas Songs EMI CD P.Domingo
  • Carmen Virgin Classics CD Z. Mehta
  • Roméo et Juliette Covent Garden Pioneer VD+LD Ch.Mackerras
  • Chanter - ma raison d’être Sevendoc VD
    • CD = Compact Disc; VD = Video; LD = Laserdisc

Prizes and Awards

  • 1985 - wins the First Prize at the Singing Contest of Toulouse

  • 1999 - Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et Lettres, France

  • Leontina Vaduva is a resident of France where she was honoured, in 1999, with the Legion d’Honneur. (Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres).

  • 1988 - the Laurence Olivier Award for her performance of Manon

Press Statements:

  • Fulfilment: “The Romanian artist can only fulfil itself abroad”. (Interview to a Romanian newspaper, 2001)
  • Positive Discrimination: “I am sorry when I see that the Romanians are willing to pay huge amounts of money to bring foreign singers to Romania, yet, at the same time they expect the Romanian singers to perform for free. They simply want to save monies when it comes to the Romanians. But when they deal instead with Domingo, Carreras, or Pavarotti, they would do anything. Why? We have presently Romanian singers abroad perhaps on par with the big names, yet they are offered only a fraction of the going rate for the big stars, to come and perform on the stage of the Romanian Opera. (Interview to a Romanian newspaper, 2001)
  • Opera: “In general the state of the Opera reflects the economic health of the country. Who might be interested in being patrons of the Arts? The rich people in Romania are rich only for themselves. We lack the culture of the Patronage in Romania. The sponsors, instead of paying the earth for Pavarotti would do better paying for the sheet music, the costumes and the salaries of musicians. The vain-glorious feeling of paying for a star to come over be it even of Pavarotti’s fame does not make sense when the Romanian cultural scene is in doldrums”. (Interview to a Romanian newspaper, 2001)


  • Lives in France


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