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MARTINIANA ANTONIE
mezzo-soprano

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RECENT AND UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS

- Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Zweite Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, at the Nationaltheater
Mannheim;

- Cherubino in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, at Prague State Opera and Nationaltheater Mannheim;

- Maddalena in Il Viaggio a Reims, Cleone in Ermione and Doralice in La Gazzetta, at the Rossini Opera Festival;

- Clarina in La Cambiale di Matrimonio, at the Royal Opera House Muscat.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Romania, young Mezzosoprano Martiniana Antonie graduated from the Bucharest National University of Music. She has won several prizes in national and international competitions such as First Prize at the AsLiCo Competition 2018 (Italy); the Grand Prix Opera Avignon at the “Jeunes Espoirs” Competition 2016 (France) and the Second Prize at the “Georges Enesco” International Competition 2016 (France).

 

In 2017, Martiniana has integrated the Accademia Rossiniana Alberto Zedda, in Pesaro, Italy, and made her debut in the Rossini Opera Festival as Maddalena and Marchesa Melibea in Il Viaggio a Reims. Since then, she is being regularly invited by the ROF, where she performed roles such as Elmira in Ricciardo e Zoraide (available on DVD), Azema in Semiramide (2019), Clarina in La Cambiale di Matrimonio (2020) and Doralice in La Gazzetta (2022). In 2022, she has made her house debut at the Royal Opera House of Muscat, singing again Clarina, in a co-production with ROF. In Pesaro, during her collaboration with the Rossinian Festival, Martiniana had the opportunity to work alongside conductors, singers and artistic directors such as Carlo Rizzi, Michele Mariotti, Giacomo Sagripanti, Dmitry Korchak, Juan Diego Florez, Pretty Jende and Graham Vick, among others.

Between 2018 and 2021, the mezzo-soprano was a member of the International Opera Studio of Nationaltheater Mannheim, where she roles such as Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel and Sandmann in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, Mercédès in Bizet’s Carmen, Third Flower Maid in Wagner’s Parsifal, Gianetta in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, Judith in Bartok’s The Bluebeard’s Castle and Clotilde in Norma.

 

In the 2022-23 season, she returned to Mannheim as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Traveler in Corbett’s contemporary opera Keine Stille außer der des Windes.

 

The 2023-24 season started for Martiniana with a debut in the role of Carmen in Peter Brook & Marius Constant‘s opera La Tragédie de Carmen, after Bizet’s original work, at the Teatro delle Muse di Ancona, being described by the stage director Francesca Lattuada as “an ideal performer, singer, actress, dancer and outstanding musician, who owns an incredible power of metamorphosis, that allows her to explore a vast range of registers”.

 

Later in the season, Martiniana will make her debut as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, and her house debut at the Prague State Opera, also as Cherubino. In 2024’s summer, she will come back to the Rossini Opera Festival, where she will sing Cleone in Ermione and Maddalena in Il Viaggio a Reims.

REVIEWS

"Martiniana Antonie's Carmen is surprising, enhancing all the many bel canto aspects of the part and with a clean singing line but always on the edge of an almost classic drama, shown but not vented, which in fact should constitute the essence of this reinterpretation
of Carmen. Furthermore, the voice has a beautiful timbre and is homogeneous across the entire range, and the stage presence is absolutely interpenetrated with the director's vision."

Domenico Ciccone - Opera Click

"In recent years, Martiniana Antonie, who has frequently appeared at the Rossini Opera Festival, impressed as Doralice. The 28-year-old Romanian caught attention with her bright and clear-toned mezzo-soprano and spirited performance."
W. Kurtzschbach - Das Opernglas

“ (...) the young Martiniana Antonie was a solid protagonist, with soft and elegant
phrasing.”

Giulia Vannoni - Il Ponte

 

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