Maria Biesu
Diana Axentii

France

CURRENT REPERTOIRE


Originally from Moldavia, Diana Axentii moved to France to pursue her vocal studies at the
National Conservatory in Lyon, where she graduated with distinctions.
She is an award-winner of several international competitions: UPMCF in Paris, George
Enescu in Bucharest, Montserrat Caballé in Andorra and Queen Elisabeth in Brussels. She
took part in numerous master classes with Gundula Janowitz, Gwyneth Jones, Thomas
Quasthoff, Brigitte Fassbaender, Edith Mathis, Grace Bumbry, Régine Crespin, Nicola Beller
Carbone, Margaret Honig, Udo Reinemann, etc.
She is a former member of the Opera Studio in Lyon, the Atelier Lyrique of the Paris Opera
and the Aix-en-Provence Academy and Verbier Festival Academy.
She started her career as a mezzo-soprano and turned later to the soprano repertoire.
The roles she sang as a mezzo-soprano included Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dorabella
(Cosi fan tutte), Le pâtre, la bergère, la libellule, la chatte, l’écureuil (L’enfant et les
sortilèges) Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), The Kitchen Boy (Rusalka),
Bersi (Andrea Chénier), The Cook –Kuharochka (The Nightingale) I.Stravinsky, Adelma

(Turandot) F.Busoni, Mercédès (Carmen), Javotte (Manon), Sélysette (Ariane et Barbe-
Bleue), Fenena (Nabucco), Clotilde (Norma)...

As a soprano, she sings La Contessa from Le Nozze di Figaro (a touring production in France,
Switzerland and Bulgaria),Norma (Rouen, Bilbao, Royal Opera House Muscat, TNOB), the
schoolboy from Godard’s Dante (Münchner Rundfunkorchester in Munich and Versailles
conducted by Ulf Schirmer and in the opera house of Saint-Étienne), Dorotea from Stiffelio
(Monte Carlo,Bilbao), Oenone from Phèdre by Lemoyne (Caen, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord
in Paris, Reims, Mets and Limoges), Rosalinde from Die Fledermaus (O. Festival in
Montpellier), Cio-cio-San from Madama Butterfly (Rennes), Marietta, Paquitta, Rositta from
Maître Peronilla (Théâtre des Champs Elysées), Marianne from Der Rosenkavalier (Avignon)
Una Strega and Marta from Fausto , Louise Bertin, Téâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris,
Mikaela from Carmen,(Osons l'Opéra Festival , Saint-Nicolas d'Aliermont).
She has sung under the direction of well-known conductors such as: Charles Dutoit, Marc
Soustrot, Philippe Jordan, Jiří Bělohlávek, Sylvain Cambreling, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli,
Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Markus Poschner, Pietro Rizzi, Luciano Acocella, Roberto Abbado,
Hervé Niquet, Gaspard Brecourt and many others.
She performed in prestigious places like Opèra de Paris (Bastille and Palais Garnier), Bilbao
Euskalduna Concert Hall, The Palace of Fine Arts Bozar in Brussels and The Royal Mint
Theater in Brussels, The Opera royal de Wallonia, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the
Glyndebourne Opera Festival in England, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the NHK Symphony
Orchestra in Tokyo, the Boston Symphony Hall, the Metz Arsenal, the Deutsche Oper Berlin,
The Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, the Monte-Carlo Garnier Opera and several
French opera houses of Nancy, Bordeaux, Marseille, Dijon, Rouen, Lyon, Besançon, Rennes,
Reims, Opèra Comique, Athénée Théâtre Louis Jouvet, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, etc.

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