L'Heure Espagnole in London
"The Romanian mezzo Ruxandra Donose is the volcanic vamp, and there’s no shortage of vocal or physical lava in her performance."
The Times, 19.10.2009

"...the Royal Opera is at its best...The casts are choice, too, though with tight playing from everyone on stage, the impression is of a perfectly aligned company achievement. But mention must be made of Ruxandra Donose’s blowsy Concepcion...A wonderful evening."
The Stage, 19.10.2009

"First seen in 2007, the Royal Opera's comic double bill of Ravel and Puccini returns for its first revival, their dark-tinged humour seems more or less intact. The casts are significantly different, though: in L'Heure Espagnole, Ruxandra Donose has taken over as the far-from-immaculate Concepción, while in Gianni Schicchi the title role is now assigned to Thomas Allen.
Donose is feisty and dashingly sexy, very obviously too much of a handful for her clock-making husband Torquemada."
The Guardian, 19.10.2009

"It's always heartening when a revival not only comes up looking as fresh as a daisy but is even more compelling than when it was new.
This is exactly what's happened to Richard Jones' already exemplary stagings of L'Heure Espagnole and Gianni Schicchi for the Royal Opera.
With many of the original cast returning to reprise their roles, it's the casting of the leads in both operas which really makes the difference.
I would never have associated Ruxandra Donose with comedy, but she threw herself into the role of Concepcion and delivered a rip-roaring performance that wouldn't have been out of place in a Carry on Film."
musicomh.com, 19.10.2009

"Most of the original cast have returned for both pieces but a notable change in the L’Heure espagnole line-up comes with the Romanian mezzo Ruxandra Donose as Conception, the feisty and frustrated female lead who attempts to juggle a string of lovers while her absent-minded husband is off winding the town clocks. Donose has an eye for comic performance, flapping and flirting with great effect, and her voice packs the necessary punch."
whatsonstage.com, 19.10.2009

"L'Heure espagnole centres on Concepcion, a woman in the Desperate Housewives mould who is bored with her elderly husband and is constantly seeking sexual gratification to keep her amused.
Ruxandra Donose was a spirited, saucy Concepcion, entering into the farce with commitment and relish, while displaying a rich, focused mezzo voice."
The Opera Critic, 21.10.2009

"The enforced change actually makes the production work better because Romanian mezzo Ruxandra Donose is convincing as a sexually voracious Mediterranean vamp clearly ‘on heat’. As she despairs about how her time has been wasted, her silent running back and forth with hands raised in the air is tour de force acting as are her predatory glances out into the audience, searching for any man who might accommodate her."
Musicweb International, 21.10.2009

"Ravel’s score is a joy, well communicated here by the splendid performance, colourful and precise, of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Paul Wynne Griffiths. Vocal performances were equally splendid. Ruxandra Donose replaced Christine Rice, whose pregnancy ironically precluded her from assuming the role of Concepcion. There was no sense of second best here, however. As alluring of voice as she is on stage, Donose ascribed just the right kind of airy Hispanic sultriness – the apparent paradox is surely Ravel’s – to the part of the bored housewife."
Musicweb International, 24.10.2009

"The Royal Opera's pairing of his L'heure espagnole with Puccini's Gianni Schicci makes a glittering comic double bill, first seen in Richard Jones's staging two years ago and again conducted by Antonio Pappano. L'heure has grown even wittier. Ruxandra Donose shines as Concepción, the thrustingly saucy watch-mender's wife with a hunger for big hands but not clocks.
She and Christopher Maltman as the chunky muleteer Ramiro, stole the show, sharing the limelight with the orchestra and draining Ravel's score for every ounce of humour and sensuality."
The Observer, 25.10.2009

"On its first revival there has been an attempt to retain most of the casting from first time around. The dark voiced Christine Rice, however, was this time replaced by Ruxandra Donose, equally voluptuous of voice and physique. Donose's timbre, so reminiscent of Tatiana Troyanos, has an extra smokiness that suits the kaleidoscopic, mercurial score. She was hilarious, not just for the cool detachment towards her husband but for her sexually charged fury at the essential uselessness of her men."
concertonet.com, 25.10.2009


Carmen in Cincinnati
"For her part, Romanian born Ruxandra Donose portrayed Carmen as more than a heartless predator. Though a serial lover who craves liberty above all things, she loves Don Jose, and Donose made her warmth and affection clear, even as she faced his jealous rage and accepted her fate at the end.
Why Don Jose loves Carmen is apparent, as Donose is the most fetching, vivacious Carmen one could wish for. Not only does she have a luscious voice, but she can dance -- the gypsy band held her aloft during their wild dance in act II -- play castanets and crack a whip in time to the music (act I, "habanera"). Her every note and gesture revealed a singing actress of the first order."
Music in Cincinnati, 23.7.2009

"A voice of sultry beauty... lovely to look at, she was a tough-girl Carmen who caressed the men while stealing their wallets. She cracked a whip and could throw another girl across the room..."
Cincinnati Enquirer, 23,7,2009
La Cenerentola Deutsche Oper Berlin
"Ein einziges Entzücken...Ruxandra Donose zeichnet die ganze Partie mit ihrem leichten graziösen Mezzosopran anrührend in die Luft...die Gäste aus Glyndebourne servieren Oper als überflutenden Freudenbecher und werden dafür mit Dankbarkeits-Tumulten bedankt."
Berliner Morgenpost, 23.5.2009

"Ruxandra Donose bewältigt die selbst in Rossinis Partituren einzigartig halsbrecherischen Koloraturen nicht nur virtuos, sondern setzt auch noch durchdacht platzierte Ausdrucksakzente."
Berliner Zeitung, 22.05.09

"Ein warm strahlender Mezzosopran ohne extrovertierte Obertöne, klingende Innerlichkeit als Kontrast zu einer verblödeten, rohen Außenwelt. Ruxandra Donose verkörpert all dies wunderbar glaubhaft, und auch schwerste Koloraturarbeit treibt ihr Singen niemals an die Oberfläche."
Der Tagesspiegel, 22.05.2009

"Güte als Gebot der Stunde, nicht Rachsucht bestimmt die umfängliche Schluss-Szene, in der Angelina die Hauptrolle spielt.
Die aparte Ruxandra Donose hat sie auch stimmlich inne und widmet sich ihrem Part mit Können und Hingabe. Ihr schöner Mezzo strömt locker und ohne Ermüdung durch das mehr als dreistündige Stück. Die Klagen als malträtiertes Dienstmädchen gelingen ebenso gut wie der Auftritt als gütig-selbstbewusste Königin beim Finale. Ein liebenswertes Aschenbrödel, das auch darstellerisch überzeugt."
Der Neue Merker, 21.5.2009

"Sängerisch ist die Produktion durchweg herausragend besetzt: Ruxandra Donose in der Titelpartie beeindruckt durch ihre saubere Stimmführung und kraftvolle Präsenz, die auch nach über drei Stunden ungebrochen ist."
kulturradio rbb, 22.05.2009
Ariadne auf Naxos Deutsche Oper Berlin
"Applaus vom Publikum gab es reichlich, sogar euphorischen - die Zerbinetta der Jane Archibald, Violeta Urmana als Ariadne, Roberto Saccà als Bacchus, Ruxandra Donose als Komponist, der Dirigent Jacques Lacombe und das ganze Team wurden gefeiert."
Georg-Friedrich Kühn, Deutschlandfunk/Kultur heute, 10.2.2009

"Der Komponist ist der Held
Carsen lässt den Zweiteiler, von Hofmannsthal als Vorspiel und Hauptspiel verschränkt, ohne Pause spielen. Er verknüpft beide Teile aufs Amüsanteste, letztendlich aber auch aufs Anrührendste. Held des Stückes sind bei ihm nicht die Primadonna und ihr heldentenoraler Singkumpan, sondern der gebeutelte, erniedrigte, verzweifelte Komponist, der seine offenkundig zum Machwerk verhunzte Oper, erst einmal unter Tränen dem Dirigenten am Pult im Orchestergraben auf Gedeih und Verderb ausliefert. Dann, hingequetscht an den Bühnenrand, beäugt er die Vorstellung, belauert und kontrolliert sie, um nach ihrem Ende von allen Mitwirkenden geradezu in einem Triumphzug auf den Schultern über die nackte Bühne getragen zu werden. Ruxandra Donose, jung, rank und schlank, singt die Wunderpartie tiefer seelischer Verwundung und Auferstehung in Glanz und Glorie mit hinreißendem Stimm-Elan."
Klaus Geitel, Berliner Morgenpost 10.2.2009

"Sternstunde ist keine Übertreibung
Zunächst und bekanntlich geht es jedoch um einen jungen Komponisten, dessen tragische Oper „Ariadne auf Naxos“ im Haus des reichsten Mannes von Wien uraufgeführt wird. Für Auflockerung soll eine muntere Einlage sorgen, betitelt „Zerbinetta und ihre Liebhaber“. Über dieses Ansinnen ist der ernsthafte junge Mann empört und unglücklich. Diese Rolle ist hier in Berlin mit Ruxandra Donose besetzt, die sowohl gesanglich als auch darstellerisch überzeugt. Man glaubt ihr/ihm den geschwinden Sinneswandel durch die attraktive Zerbinetta (Jane Archibald)."
Ursula Wiegand, Der Neue Merker, 8.2.2009

"Der Italiener Roberto Saccá als Bacchus sowie Ruxandra Donose als der Komponist begeisterten die Zuhörer ebenso wie das Orchester unter Jacques Lacombe."
Südkurier, 9.2.2009

The Fly world premiere in Paris and Los Angeles
"The lovely Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose sings Veronica, the most dramatically pivotal role, with vulnerability, quiet intensity and lush colorings. She too takes risks with her portrayal. Wearing just a slip in an intimate romantic scene with Mr. Okulitch, she writhes with pleasure as he fondles her breasts and strokes her crotch. It’s hard to imagine even a go-for-broke artist from earlier times, like Teresa Stratas, consenting to such a thing."
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times ,8.9.2008

"Donose had a sweet and endearing quality and her voice soared through her often thick music, filled with many high notes."
Robert Blum, San Francisco Chroncle, 8.9.2008

"Although Seth is the title role, Veronica is the pivotal part. Romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose, looking slim and sexy in her tight-fitting 1950s outfits, has the stage presence and musical heft to flesh out the character. She has two big scenes, and delivers them with power."
Harvey Steiman, Musicweb International, 8.9.2008

"As in Paris, Daniel Okulitch brought uncommon vigour, an alluring physique and a sympathetic baritone to the doomed protagonist. Ruxandra Donose’s opulent mezzo-soprano invested Brundle’s lover and chronicler with compassion."
Allan Ulrich, Financial Times, 9.9.2008

"The most interesting performance came from the mezzo Ruxandra Donose, whose soft-grained singing matched Veronica’s vulnerability."
John Allison, "Opera"


CD Ariane et Barbe-Bleue
The CD of the highly acclaimed Vienna concert with Paul Dukas' "Ariane et Barbe-Bleue" from March 2007 appeared now on Oehms Classics.
The Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra is playing under conductor Bertrand De Billy, the soloists are Deborah Polaski, Jane Henschel, Ruxandra Donose and Kwangchul Youn.
Review CD The Songs of Nicolae Bretan
"Ruxandra Donose’s operatic career has brought her to most of the major stages of the world, and with her beautiful, rounded mezzo-soprano and her deep involvement she is just as apt at tackling the more intimate art of Lieder. Singing in her mother tongue she relishes the poems and we are offered marvellously assured and refined singing. Many of the songs are on a relatively intimate scale and Ms Donose often sings with restraint. She also has at her disposal deep contralto chest-notes and at the other end of the range a silvery top.
Since I believe that a majority of our readers are just as unfamiliar with the works of Nicolae Bretan as I was, I can only urge those interested in good songs and superlative singing to investigate this issue. It should yield a good return."
(Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International)
La Donna del Lago at Deutsche Oper Berlin
Friday, December 7th, Ruxandra sang the title role in the first of 3 concerts of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, conducted by one of the world's finest Rossini specialists, Alberto Zedda.

For press reviews see HER ART
New CD
November 2007

Ruxandra's new CD with songs by Nicolae Bretan, accompanied by Julius Drake, is now available from Nimbus Records
Singapore Sun Festival
October 20th 2007

In the Esplanade Concert Hall Ruxandra and Dmitri Hvorovstovsky opened the new Singapore Sun Festival with a Gala Concert of arias and duets.
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