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Lilia Istratii

mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Lilia Istratii was born in the Republic of Moldova in 1994 and is currently a soloist at the Romanian Opera Craiova. She was also a soloist at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova.

She debuted at the Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera Warsaw in 2019 as Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and at the National Opera Bucharest Romania as Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto in 2023.

In 2023, Lilia received the Excellence Award “Maria Bieșu,” as the Voice of the Year, granted by the Ministry of Culture and the Musician’s Union of Moldova.

Her roles include Carmen (Carmen) by Bizet, Polina (The Queen of Spades) by Tchaikovsky, Lyubasha (The Tsar’s Bride) by Rimsky-Korsakov, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) by Puccini, Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Fenena (Nabucco) by Verdi, Lola (Cavalleria rusticana) by Mascagni, and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) by Johann Strauss, as well as solo parts of Stabat Mater by Rossini, Dixit Dominus by Vivaldi, Misa a Buenos Aires by Palmeri, Verdi’s Requiem, and many works by Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart.

Recent performances include Maddalena (Verdi’s Rigoletto) at the National Opera of Bucharest and at the National Opera of Iasi Romania, La Frugola (Puccini’s Il tabarro) at the Varna Summer International Music Festival, and the Verdi Requiem with the Luxembourg Philharmonie, as well as symphonic concerts at the International Festival Vinopera, Musica Ricercata Festival, and a collaboration with FRANCECONCERT performing concerts in Belgium, Netherlands, and France.

Lilia was a finalist at the 4th Eva Marton International Singing Competition in 2021 and at the Opera Crown International Singing Competition 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia.

She studied at the Academy of Music, Theatre, and Fine Arts in Chisinau, Moldova, between 2013 and 2019, graduating with Bachelor and Master’s degrees, specializing in bel canto. artematriz.com.br/lilia-istratii

Lilia Istratii mezzo-soprano

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FIRST VIOLIN
Carmelo de los Santos
Karen McKinnon Concertmaster Chair
Sarah Tasker •••
Assistant Concertmaster
Ana María Quintero Muñoz
Joan Wang +
Heidi Deifel ++
Juliana Huestis
Barbara Rivers
Nicolle Maniaci
Barbara Scalf Morris

SECOND VIOLIN
Rachel Jacklin •
Carol Swift •••
Julanie Lee
Jessica Retana ++
Liana Austin
Lidija Peno-Kelly
Sheila McLay
Brad Richards

VIOLA
Laura Chang
Kimberly Fredenburgh •••
Allegra Askew
Christine Rancier
Laura Steiner
Michael Anderson
Lisa DiCarlo
Joan Hinterbichler
Laura Campbell

CELLO
Amy Huzjak
Jonathan Flaksman •••

Carla Lehmeier-Tatum
Ian Mayne-Brody
Dana Winograd
David Schepps
Lisa Collins
Elizabeth Purvis

BASS
Mark Tatum •••
Katherine Olszowka
Terry Pruitt
Marco Retana
Frank Murry

FLUTE
Valerie Potter
Esther Fredrickson
Jiyoun Hur ••+
Noah Livingston ••++

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Esther Fredrickson

OBOE
Kevin Vigneau
Amanda Talley

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Melissa Peña ••+
Rebecca Ray ••++

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Marianne Shifrin
Lori Lovato •••
Jeffrey Brooks

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Lori Lovato

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Jeffrey Brooks

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Stefanie Przybylska •
Denise Turner

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Peter Erb •+
Allison Tutton
Andrew Meyers
Maria Long ••••

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John Marchiando
Brynn Marchiando
Sam Oatts ••

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Aaron Zalkind
Byron Herrington

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David Tall +
Robinson Schulze ++

TUBA
Richard White

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Micah Harrow •+

PERCUSSION
Jeff Cornelius
Kenneth Dean
Emily Corneliu

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