Nelly Miricioiu

Masterclass “Io son l’umile ancella - The Journey from Singer to Master”

Whether performing in a full time career, or in the role of full time teacher and coach, we have in our possession one of the greatest gifts - the opportunity to hold in our hands the genius of those composers, librettists and artists who have gone before us. As singer, or teacher, it is our responsibility to ensure a commitment to maintaining the integrity of our art - either for ourselves as artists, or for our students and their careers. In order to support the journey between artist and teacher, we must work together - inform, learn, open ourselves - in order to find the best way to representing the gift that has been bestowed upon us.

Hailed as a singing-actress, Nelly is one of the most versatile artists of our day. Her repertoire extends from Mozart and bel canto to Verdi, Puccini and verismo, to modern Italian opera such as Respighi and Zandonai, and taking in French and Russian composers too. As Rodney Milnes wrote in Opera Magazine "this extraordinary diva can sing anything and sing it well ".

Since her Covent Garden debut in 1982 as Nedda in I Pagliacci opposite John Vickers, Piero Cappuccili and Thomas Allen, and the 1983 triumphant La Scala debut as Lucia di Lammermoor, Nelly has been heard in all major opera houses of the world. She has worked with some of the most prestigious conductors and directors in leading roles that include Tosca (with Jose Carreras, Jose Cura, Neil Shicoff), Mimi (with Placido Domingo), Violetta in La traviata (with Franco Bonisolli, Roberto Alagna, Renato Bruson, Alfredo Kraus) and opposite many other leading artists of the day. For over twenty years she enjoyed, and cherished, a fantastic relationship with the renowned vocal coach and pianist, David Harper - an artist to whom she credits many of her most successful performances.

It was the bel canto repertoire and her dedication to rediscovering forgotten operas where Nelly found her niche. Universally acclaimed for her luscious sound, beautifully constructed technique and exceptional theatrical stage presence, Michael Davdison wrote about her in an article in Opera Magazine: "The highly individual timbre of Miricioiu’s voice, her imagination and intensity, her exceptional range and sense of timing make for a unique talent."

Nelly continues to enjoy a thriving performance schedule, as well as a flourishing reputation as one of the most respected and sought after teachers, both in the UK and internationally. She regularly teaches at the Royal Opera House, both Amsterdam and Den Haag Conservatoires, and at the Mediterranean Opera Studio & Festival in Sicily. Recent performances include recitals at St John's Smith Square, London, the Meralco Theatre in Manila, Philippines and the Cotroceni Museum, Bucharest - where she was also honoured for her contribution to Romanian culture.