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.
Europalia Opening Concert
October 3rd 2007

In the presence of Romania's and Bulgaria's presidents as well as of members of the Belgian Royal Family, Ruxandra sang arias from Bizet, Saint-Saens, Rossini and Grigoriu.
Berlioz' Damnation in San Francisco
April 2007

"plush...vibrant...superb..."
(San Francisco Chronicle)

""richly cultured...true chanteuse..."
(San Jose Mercury News)

""ideal portrait...youthful voice..."
(San Francisco Classical Voice)

"alluring looks...lovely voice..."
(Bay Area Reporter)

"gorgeous, honey tone...deeply affecting...mesmerizing high point..."
(Contra Costa Times)

read more about Ruxandra's "Marguerite" in the section HER ART
Woman of the year 2006
On February 20th 2007 Ruxandra received the title "Woman of the Year 2006" for her merits as ambassador of Romanian culture in the world.
Mahler's 2.Symphony in Moscow
On February 2nd 2007 Ruxandra sang the alto solo in Mahler's 2.Symphony in the famous Tchaikovsky Hall of the Conservatory in Moscow with the National Philharmony of Russia under Andreij Danilov.

"In the two last movements the prolonged intense tension was released by the wonderful mezzosoprano solo, splendidly sung by Ruxandra Donose, a Rumanian singer, who seemed to be born for Mahler's music."
Marina Borissova, Vedomosti, 5.2.2007
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