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Today’s Memory – Ileana Cotrubaș

Ileana Cotrubaș

born 9 June 1939, Galaţi


Ileana Cotrubaș is a Romanian opera soprano whose career spanned from the 1960s to the 1980s.

She grew up in a musical family; her musical career began at the age of nine when she became a member of a children’s radio choir. By the age of eleven, she was one of its leading soloists.

Giuseppe Verdi – Rigoletto, Love Duetto Ileana Cotrubaș and Placido Domingo, MET 1977

Cotrubaș made her stage debut with the Bucharest Opera as Yniold in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande (1964).

Starting 1965, she sang on stages of the Vienna State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Berlin State Opera and Salzburg Festival and to a contract with the Frankfurt Opera.

La Bohème Sono andati? The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – Ileana Cotrubas & Neil Shicoff

In 1969, she also made her British debut at the Glyndebourne Festival and she made her début at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1971).

Jacques Offenbach – The Tales of Hoffmann Covent Garden, 1981

Cotrubaș made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi in a production with José Carreras and Renata Scotto (1977). While with the MET, she appeared as Gilda, opposite Plácido Domingo and Cornell MacNeil, in a televised performance of Rigoletto and as Violetta, again opposite Domingo and MacNeil, in a televised performance of La Traviata (1981).

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Informații despre soprana Ileana Cotrubaș, în limba română, găsiți în articolul 9 Iunie în istoria României.



Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata Libiamo ne’ lieti calici Metropolitan Opera, Conductor: James Levine, Ileana Cotrubaș & Placido Domingo

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