Romanian-American soprano Laura Tatulescu has gained recognition for her beauty of voice and her exciting portrayals on the operatic stage. She has performed under the batons of such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Philippe Jordan, Adam Fischer, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Sebastian Weigle, Danielle Gatti, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Peter Schneider and Constantinos Carydis, Juraj Valcuha and Ivor Bolton.
Born in the USA, she started her musical education as a violinist. She later graduated with a Masters Degree in Opera from the National Music University in Bucharest, Romania. Ms. Tatulescu starts the 2012-13 season with a concert version of Cosi fan tutte with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati and a concert in Carnegie Hall presenting works of the Romanian composer Dinu Lipatti. She then returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper to sing roles such as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Musetta in La Bohème. She finishes her season with her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival, singing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Future engagements include Santa Fe Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence and Semperoper Dresden. Ms. Tatulescu started the 2011-12 season with her house debut at English National Opera as Phoebe in a new Barrie Kosky production of Rameau’s Castor and Pollux, conducted by Christian Curnyn. The production won the 2012 Olivier Award for Best New Opera production. She then returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper for roles including Creusa in Mayr’s Medea in Corintho, Musetta in La Bohème and Despina in Cosi fan Tutte.
In the 2010-11 season Ms. Tatulescu returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper to sing Marzelline in a new production of Fidelio, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Calixto Bieito. During the Münchner Opernfestspiele she created the role of Hanna in Miroslav Srnka’s Make No Noise accompanied by Ensemble Modern. Other roles in Munich included Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Musetta in La Bohème. She also gave an acclaimed concert at the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague in a gala concert with the Prague Philharmonia under Jakub Hrusa. The 2009-10 season saw Ms. Tatulescu join the ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where she sang Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni. Her other roles in Munich included Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and her role debut as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, as well Despina in Cosi fan Tutte and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.
Ms. Tatulescu’s 2008-09 season was marked with a series of celebrated debuts. She made her US and role debut as Lauretta in Woody Allen’s celebrated new production of Gianni Schicchi to open the season at Los Angeles Opera. Her performance as Lauretta was praised for being “alluringly sung” (New York Times) and “uncommonly sexy” (LA Times). The production was conducted by James Conlon and was also presented at the Spoleto Festival in Italy in the summer of 2009. Her roles with the Vienna State Opera that season included Musetta in La Bohème and Marzelline in Fidelio, as well as Despina in Cosi fan Tutte on tour with the Vienna State Opera in Japan under Riccardo Muti. In May 2009 she made her debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.