Dr Adriana Festeu
Mezzo-soprano Adriana Festeu is the winner of the Song Prize in the Emmy
Destinn Competition in London and a bursary winner of the International
Her most recent roles include Charlotte Werther at the Romanian National
Opera as well as the Komponist in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos for New Palace
Opera. Other operatic roles include Cenerentola, Calbo Maometto secondo,
Megacle L’Olimpiade, Rustena La verita in cimento (all Garsington Opera,
cover); Marianna Il Signor Bruschino, Lucilla La Scala di Seta (British Youth
Opera); Isolier Le comte Ory (Opera South); Xerxes (Longborough Opera,
cover); Orphée Orphée et Euridice (Opera Prelude); Endimione La Calisto,
Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos (Royal Academy Opera); Fidalma Il matrimonio
segretto, Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro, Madame Nolan The Medium,
(Romanian National Opera - Cluj); Candida Emilia di Liverpool (European
Opera Centre). Her future engagements include the role of Rosina in Il
Barbiere di Siviglia at the Romanian National Opera.
As a recitalist and oratorio soloist, Adriana has performed in venues including
St. Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s Place, Wilton’s Music Hall, Gloucester
Cathedral, St. David’s cathedral, Bridgewater Hall and Cité de la Musique
(Paris). Her song cycle performances include Mahler Lieder eines Fahrenden
Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder, Respighi Il Tramonto, Enescu Sept chansons
de Clement Marot, Dvořák Cigánske melódie and Korngold 5 Lieder, Op. 38.
Adriana recorded Romanian art songs for the BBC Radio 3 dramatisation of
Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and was invited back to record Greek songs for The
Oresteia: The Libation Bearers and most recently The Mysteries of Udolpho.
Adriana has recently completed her PhD, Exploring Zwischenfach:
Understanding vocal classification and its professional significance, at the
Royal Academy of Music. She also gained her Masters with Distinction at
Royal Academy Opera.