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Viorica Cortez

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: Romanian
Year of Birth: 1935

About Viorica Cortez:

Viorica Cortez (born December 26, 1935 in Ia?i, Romania) is a noted Romanian-born mezzo-soprano, later French by naturalisation. Starting her operatic and concert career in the mid-1960s, she went on to become one of the most prominent female performers of the '70s and '80s. An example of professional longevity, she is present on some of the most prestigious European opera scenes.

With a well-determined Spanish origin, Viorica Cortez is the eldest sister of the soprano Mioara Cortez, and of ?tefania ?erban, a professor of piano. She was born in Bucium, a village in the vicinity (nowadays a neighbourhood) of Ia?i. Cortez enjoyed an artistic milieu in her parents' house, finding her passion and intense desire of studying music. Later on, she was admitted to the Ia?i Conservatory and, for her final three years of academic studies, she switched to Bucharest's Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory. In Ia?i, at only 17, Cortez made her debut in the alto part of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. She then toured the towns of Moldavia for years, almost exclusively in vocal-symphonical repertoire.

In Bucharest, Viorica Cortez was the student of Arta Florescu, a post-war Romanian soprano and professor (besides Cortez, some of her important apprentices were Marina Krilovici, Eugenia Moldoveanu, Maria Sl?tinaru-Nistor, Leontina V?duva and even Angela Gheorghiu). She vividly encouraged the young mezzo-soprano to consider international competitions. Cortez took her advice and applied for the International "George Enescu" Contest in Bucharest (1964), where she ranked only fourth. The same year, she won the International Singing Contest in Toulouse, along with Romanian fellow tenor Ludovic Spiess. In Le Monde, the well-known critic Jacques Lonchampt praised her dark, velvety mezzo, her artistry and technique, as well as her glittering beauty on the stage. This victory at Toulouse was immediately followed by a contract in the city's noted Thť‚tre du Capitole for the year to come. In the final gala, Cortez sang Leonora's aria from Donizetti's La favorita, which was to become one of her signature concert and recital pieces.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen
2Bella figlia dell'amore Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
3Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Frasquita/MercťdŤs
4Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla) Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Josť
5Stride la vampa Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
6Di tanti palpiti Popularity:

Opera: TancrediComposer: RossiniAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles:
7Parle-moi de ma mere Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: French

Roles: Josť/MicaŽla
8O mio Fernando Popularity:

Opera: Favorita, LaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lťonor
9Printemps qui commence Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaŽnsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
10Viva il vino spumeggiante Popularity:

Opera: Cavalleria RusticanaComposer: MascagniAct: 1.19-2

Type: aria,choirVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Turiddu/Lola
11Re dell'abisso affrettati Popularity:

Opera: Ballo in maschera, UnComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ulrica
12Condotta ell'era in ceppi Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.05

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
13Son pochi fiori Popularity:

Opera: Amico FritzComposer: MascagniAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Suzel
14O ma lyre immortelle Popularity:

Opera: SapphoComposer: GounodAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Sapho
15Oh! rimembranza Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.19-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S/MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma/Adalgisa
16Deh! tu di un umile preghiera Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.14

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria/Anna
17Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
18Je vais danser en votre honneur Popularity:

Opera: CarmenComposer: BizetAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: French

Roles: Carmen/Josť
19Il vecchiotto cerca moglie Popularity:

Opera: Barbiere di Siviglia, IlComposer: RossiniAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Berta
20Nella pace del mesto riposo Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria
21Sgombra e la sacra selva Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Adalgisa
22Amour viens aider ma faiblesse Popularity:

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaŽnsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
23Ohime!..morir mi sento Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.07

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
24Fu la sorte dell'armi a tuoi funesta Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04-2

Type: duetVoice: S MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Amneris
25Ah! piu non ragiono Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.06-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cA TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Sparafucile/Maddalena/Duke
26Ah! se un giorno da queste ritorte Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 3.18

Type: aria,ensemble,finaleVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria/Anna/Roberto/Giorgio Talbot/Cecil
27Dormono entrambi Popularity:

Opera: NormaComposer: BelliniAct: 2.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Norma
28S'appressan gl'istanti Popularity:

Opera: NabuccoComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07-2

Type: quartetVoice: T S Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Abdallo/Abigaille/Fenena/Nabucco
29L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
30Da tutti abbandonata Popularity:

Opera: Maria StuardaComposer: DonizettiAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Maria/Roberto
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