Elena Moșuc

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Elena Moșuc
Elena Moșuc in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Liceu, 2015
Born (1964-01-18) 18 January 1964 (age 59)
Other namesElena Mosuc
EducationGeorge Enescu National University of Arts
OccupationOperatic soprano
Years active1990–present
OrganizationZürich Opera House
Christoph Hebeisen
(m. 1993)

Elena Moșuc (born 18 January 1964) is a Romanian operatic soprano. Associated to the Zürich Opera House, she has an active career primarily in Europe,[1] including guest appearances at the Romanian National Operas since 1990.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Moșuc was born in Iași. Since the age of 16, she studied at the Școala Populară de Arte in her native city for almost five years, with her teachers including Mioara Cortez.[3] Since she was 18, she taught in a primary school for seven years. Meanwhile, she pursued her singing studies through private lessons.[4] At the end of her studies, she made her opera debut in February 1990 with the Queen of the Night (Mozart's The Magic Flute) at the Romanian National Opera, Iași, where she was a chorister in 1989/90.[4][3] She later performed Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Gilda (Rigoletto), Violetta (La traviata).[5] After the Romanian Revolution of 1989, she finally entered in July 1990 the George Enescu National University of Arts,[4] where her studies lasted for seven years.[3]

In September 1990, she won the first prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich,[4] which opened the way for an international career.[1] In 1991, she won the International Monte-Carlo Music Competition.

Immediately after winning the ARD Competition, Moșuc sang her second Queen of the Night in Munich. She became associated with the role, which she would sing more than 250 times, and with which she made her Vienna State Opera debut (1993), Italian debut in Rome (2000), Paris Opera debut (2002), and Royal Opera House debut (2003).[6]

Zürich Opera[edit]

Moșuc joined the Opernstudio of the Zürich Opera House in 1991. Originally in a contract of three years, she remained as a troop member till 2000 and continued the association, which lasted for more than two decades.[3][7]

Recognised by intendant Alexander Pereira, she was offered roles which constitutes the majority of her repertoire, and regularly alternated roles with Edita Gruberová.[3] She dominated coloratura soprano roles at the House during Gruberová's absence due to the tension between the singer and the intendant.[8]

She appeared in various roles, among others as the Queen of the Night, Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor), Linda (Linda di Chamounix), Elvira (I puritani), Gilda (Rigoletto), Violetta (La traviata), Luisa (Luisa Miller), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Aminta/Timidia (Die schweigsame Frau), Musetta (La bohème), Micaëla (Carmen), Marguerite (Gounod's Faust), Liù (Puccini's Turandot), Medora (Il corsaro), Nedda (Pagliacci), Mrs. Alice Ford (Falstaff), Stella, Olympia, Antonia and Giulietta (The Tales of Hoffmann).[5]

Performances elsewhere[edit]

In 2005, Moșuc was featured in Franco Zeffirelli's new production of La traviata, opening Israeli Opera's 2005/06 season.[9]

In June 2008, she made her first appearance at the New National Theatre Tokyo with La traviata, and returned in December with Donna Anna in a new production of Don Giovanni.[10][11]

In October 2010, Moșuc made her US debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera as Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, sharing the role with Anna Christy.[12] In October 2011, she opened the season at the Dallas Opera in the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor.[13]

In 2012, she starred in the original 1912 version of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Salzburg Festival.[14]

In 2019, she made her role debut in Lakmé at the Royal Opera House Muscat. This was the company's first-ever original opera production.[15]


Moșuc received many prestigious prizes. She was awarded the "European Furtherance Prize for Music" (Europäischer Förderpreis für Musik) in 1993, and the Premio "Bellini d'Oro" in Catania in 1995. In 2002, Moșuc received the Premio "Zenatello" in Verona, and in 2004 the "Premio Verdi di Modena" and the "Premio Verdi di Verona". In 2009, Moșuc was the first soprano from Eastern Europe to receive the international award Siola d'oro.[16]

In 2005, Moșuc was appointed an "Officer of the Arts" (Ofițer al Artelor) by the Romanian presidency. She received the 2009 edition of "Woman of the Year" award (Femeia Anului) in the category of "Ambassador of Romanian Arts from Abroad".[17] In the same year, she received her doctor's degree in music science from the National University of Music Bucharest. In 2010, Elena Moșuc became honorary citizen of her native city Iași.[18] In 2015, she received the "Grand Prize of the National Operas of Romania".[19]

In 2019, Elena Moșuc has been awarded with the International Opera Awards - "Oscar della Lirica" - as the world's best soprano of the year.[20]



  1. ^ a b "Soprano Elena Moșuc". fieiasi.ro. Archived from the original on 2014-02-23.
  2. ^ "La traviata" cu soprana Elena Moșuc Spectacol-aniversar Archived 24 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c d e "Elena Mosuc : "Je suis l'humble servante du génie créateur..."". Forumopera.com (Interview). Interviewed by Philippe Ponthir. 2009-05-04.
  4. ^ a b c d "Elena Mosuc, l'intégrité professionnelle à l'écart du "star system"". ODB-Opéra (Interview). Interviewed by Jérémie Leroy-Ringuet. 2005-12-11.
  5. ^ a b Dublu eveniment la Iași Archived 2016-10-06 at the Wayback Machine (in Romanian)
  6. ^ Clements, Andrew (2003-06-16). "Die Zauberflöte, Royal Opera House, London". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Ioancea, Cătălina (2010-02-17). "Elena Moșuc, soprana la Scala din Milano". Avantaje (in Romanian).
  8. ^ Berzins, Christian (2014-01-22). "Elena Mosuc - Kampf der Sopranistinnen auf dem Hochseil". St. Galler Tagblatt.
  9. ^ Kaye, Helen (2005-11-01). "Traviata times two". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  10. ^ "La Traviata". New National Theatre Tokyo. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  11. ^ "Don Giovanni". New National Theatre Tokyo. Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2021-07-01.
  12. ^ "Les Contes d'Hoffmann Returns To The Met Thru 10/19". BroadwayWorld.com. 2010-09-14. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  13. ^ "Opera Review: Dallas Opera's largely lukewarm 'Lucia'". The Dallas Morning News. 2011-10-22. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  14. ^ "Elena Mosuc: Und noch ein bisschen höher". Salzburger Nachrichten. 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  15. ^ "Elena Mosuc: la sfida e l'amore di Lakmé". Fermata Spettacolo (in Italian). 2019-04-29.
  16. ^ Cristinel C. Popa (11 January 2012). "'Rândunica de aur' a muzicii românești. Elena Moșuc, prima soprană din estul Europei care a primit premiul internaţional 'Siola d'oro'". Jurnalul Național (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 2014-02-26.
  17. ^ "Castigatoarele premiilor Femeia Anului 2009". Avantaje.ro. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  18. ^ "Soprano Elena Moșuc, cetățean de onoare al Iasului!". Cancan.ro (in Romanian). 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2021-03-13.
  19. ^ Romanca Elena Moșuc desemnată cea mai bună soprană din lume
  20. ^ Elena Mosuc Wins 'Best Soprano' Award
  21. ^ Notre Amour, ArkivMusic
  22. ^ Elena Moșuc – regina donizettiană, 12 December 2013
  23. ^ Omul zilei: Elena Moșuc

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