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Violeta Urmana
Soprano
 
 
Violeta Urmana  
 
 
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B108022   B 108 022
F. Liszt, R. Strauss, A. Berg: Lieder
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BIOGRAPHY

Lithuanian born Violeta Urmana got famous as a mezzo-soprano. She won several voice competitions before in 1993/94 she made her debuts in Munich, at the Bayreuth Festival and at La Scala di Milano (‘Fricka’/"Die Walküre" conducted by Riccardo Muti). Within short time Violeta Urmana sang leading roles at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, at the Opéra-Bastille in Paris and at the Liceu in Barcelona.
1996 she made her debuts in Vienna (‘Eboli’), Berlin, Hamburg (‘Eboli’) and at the Orange Festival (‘Preziosilla’/"La Forza del Destino"), 1997 followed her debuts in Amsterdam with her first ‘Kundry ("Parsifal"), Bologna (‘Santuzza’/"Cavalleria rusticana") as well as at the Ravello Festival ("Parsifal" 2nd act with P. Domingo) and Pesaro Rossini Festival ("Giovanna d’Arco"). 1998 she sang for the first time at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence (‘Judith’/"Duke Bluebeard’s Castle") and Edinburgh (’Eboli’) and made he highly acclaimed debut at the San Francisco Opera (’Brangäne’/"Tristan und Isolde"). 1999 she made her debut at Zurich Opera (‘Kundry’), 2000 in Sevilla (‘Adalgisa’/"Norma") and in Florence (‘Santuzza’). In March 2001 she made her highly acclaimed  Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Opera (‘Kundry’) debuts, in december her most successful London Covent Garden debut (‘Kundry’). 2002 she sang ‘Kundry’ at Salzburg Easter Festival.
‘Maddeleine de Coigny’ in "André Chenier" at Vienna State Opera in June 2003 marked her soprano debut, with her appearances as ‘Isolde’ ("Tristan und Isolde") in Rome in March 2004, and in the title role of "La Gioconda" as well as ‘Leonora’ ("La Forza del Destino") in London in fall 2004 she proved, that this is the way to follow.
Violeta Urmana is working with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Gary Bertini, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, James Conlon, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kazushi Ono, Antonio Pappano, Georges Prêtre, Simon Rattle, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Pinchas Steinberg, Christian Thielemann, Marcello Viotti, Franz Welser-Möst, a.o.