Breathtaking Production of The Tales of Hoffmann in Cincinnati
"Offenbach's 'Hoffmann', the final show of Cincinnati Opera's summer festival, opened Thursday to a large, enthusiastic Music Hall audience in a vocally satisfying, visually exciting production. Most impressive was the breadth of the quality in the cast.
Hoffmann's guardian angel appears in the dual incarnations of the Muse of Poetry and as Nicklausse, the young companion who picks up the emotional pieces from the wreckage of Hoffmann's romances. It would be a rare poet indeed who would not be inspired by mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose - either for her warm tone and lyrical phrasing, her strong acting presence or her low-cut white gown as the Muse."
by Thomas Consolo, The Cincinnati Post, 22.7.2006

"Cincinnati Opera’s 'Hoffmann', with its breathtaking scenic designs by Robert Dahlstrom, was a visual and vocal delight from beginning to end. In an opera that is lengthy and difficult to stage, this performance had one tour-de-force after another.
Ruxandra Donose was richly expressive as the Muse of Poetry (in a gown worthy of Marilyn Monroe) and projected youthful appeal as Hoffmann’s companion, Nicklausse. Her Act III violin aria was beautifully felt.'
by Janelle Gelfand, The Enquirer, 22.7.2006
Idomeneo in Las Palmas
"Ruxandra Donose exprime al personaje y se hace con gran parte de los aplausos de la noche, a pesar de que mostro a veces la tipica sobreactuacion de quien, siendo mujer, tiene que representar un papel masculino"
Javier Moreno, Canarias Cultura, 16.6.2006

"Tres damas de gran categoria sobresalen poderosamente en la interpretacion: la mezzo 'falcone' Ruxandra Donose, que incorpora al masculino 'Idamante' con linea impecable, hermoso color y medios sobrados para absolutizar una cultura del estilo; la siempre perfecta Isabel Rey en 'Ilia' y la soprano Carmela Remigio."
G.Garcia-Alcalde, La Provincia, 15.6.2006

"La mezzosoprano Ruxandra Donose fue un Idamante de línea impoluta, exhibiendo amplitud de tesitura y un canto cargado de intención."
Pablo Melendez-Haddad, ABC.es, 19.6.2006

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2005 Music Award
In an live broadcast gala on March 20th 2006 in Bucharest Ruxandra Donose received the annual Radio Romania Cultural Award 2005 for exceptional achievements in music.
New Cenerentola DVD
The 2005 Glyndebourne Festival production of Rossini's "La Cenerentola" with Ruxandra Donose in the title role is now available on DVD.

‘This is a performance that meets the Glyndebourne gold standard… Hall has decided to keep it real and produced something understated, sensitive and thus deeply pleasurable.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Vladimir Jurowski, Glyndebourne’s young music director, draws sparkling playing from the London Philharmonic…’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Opera-goers found themselves captivated by one of the best nights Glyndebourne has enjoyed in many a year.’ Financial Times

‘Jurowski … got simply superb playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, absolutely precise, perfectly balanced - I don’t believe I have ever heard brass play so softly, or to such effect.’ Opera

‘…the endlessly expressive music brims with jokes. Ensembles tie themselves in knots, grown men sing cheep-cheep, ding-dong doggerel and an air of lunacy prevails. Hall’s answer is to exercise restraint, even in the mad set pieces… this sober approach turned out to be sharp and amusing.’ Evening Standard

‘With its simple, elegant designs and a powerful storm sequence, the production is a joy to watch and hear.’ Sunday Express
New Oedipe Cd Release
Naxos, in collaboration with the Vienna State Opera, released the legendary live recording of George Enescu's "Oedipe", with Monte Pederson as Oedipe, Marjana Lipovsek as Iocaste/Sphinx and Ruxandra Donose as Antigone, conducted by Michael Gielen
La Finta Giardiniera in Zürich
After singing Ramiro in the Bolton/Dörrie production in Salzburg this January, Ruxandra Donose appeared again in the same role in Zürich's new production of "La Finta Giardiniera". The conductor was Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the stage director was Tobias Moretti.
The opening night was February 12th 2006

"Glänzend als der vergeblich auf Arminda schielende Cavaliere Ramiro Ruxandra Donose in der einzigen Hosenrolle"
Basler Zeitung 14.2.2006

"Ruxandra Donose als Cavaliere Ramiro koloraturensicher"
Tagesanzeiger 14.2.2006

"Ruxandra Donose vermag in den wenigen Auftritten als Ramiro eine hintergründige, schillernde Farbe einzubringen."
Zürcher Oberländer 14.2.2006

"Schließlich noch Ruxandra Donose in der nicht sehr attraktiven Hosenrolle des Ramiro, dem sie mit ihrem warmen Mezzo musikalische Glanzlichter aufsetzt"
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 14.2.2006

"Ruxandra Donose setzt mit ihrer Interpretation des Ramiro internationale Maßstäbe."
Stuutgarter Zeitung 16.2.2006
La Finta Giardiniera in Salzburg
January 20, 2006 was the opening night of "Finta Giardiniera" with Ruxandra Donose as Ramiro, a new production of the Mozartwoche together with the Salzburger Festspielen, conducted by Ivor Bolton, staged by Doris Dörrie.

"Nicht durchwegs rangiert dieses Ensemble auf Salzburger Niveau. Ohne Abstriche schaffen das Qualitätssiegel nur der schmiegsam gestaltende Markus Werba (Roberto) und Ruxandra Donose als Schwarzleder-Ramiro: eine Sängerin, die Wohlklang nie dem (starken) Ausdruck opfert und deren intensive Gestaltung ganz ohne Plunder ausgekommen wäre."
Münchner Merkur

"Großer Erfolg für 'La Finta Giardiniera'
Die Premiere von Mozarts "La Finta Giardiniera" im Landestheater war ein Start ins Mozartjahr, wie man ihn sich wünschen kann: Das Publikum feierte das gesamte Ensemble bei dieser grandiosen Produktion.
Ruxandra Donose gehört eine der schönen Stimmen aus dem Gesangensemble."
ORF

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Charity Concert in Vienna
On November 17 Ruxandra Donose, together with soloists of the Vienna State Opera, sang in a concert to support the victims of the flood in Romania. The concert took place in the famous Augustiner church.
Requiem a Revelation
"I've heard many a recording of the Mozart Requiem, but this one is a revelation. Fast moving and hard hitting but tender in all the right places and not lacking dramatic intensity in even the quietest moments, it reminds us that Mozart's native language was opera. Who better to conduct it than Donald Runnicles, with his long experience in the opera house? His accomplices are an excellent Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Norman Mackenzie, director). The superb vocal quartet are composed of Christine Brewer (S), Ruxandra Donose (A), John Tessier (T), and Eric Owens (B). All are first-rate. Mezzo-soprano Donose in particular may be the best I've ever heard in the alto part."
Classic Reviews, October 2005/P. Muse

Cenerentola in Glyndebourne: the knock-out triumph it has to be!
"Donose's mezzo is beautifully velvety, her decorations are as effortless as they are precise, and musical with it.The final Rondo was the knock-out triumph it has to be. And she looks absolutely gorgeous!"
Opera, July 2005/R.Miles

"The highlight of the entire evening had been the romanian mezzo-soprano Ruxandra Donose. She has sung by now all the great mezzo parts and has developed a voice of extraordinary beauty, which in high registers sounds like a lark, light and velvety. She acted with charm and grace."
Seen and Heard International/H.-Th.Wohlfahrt

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