Cornelia Oncioiu Mezzo-soprano


French-Romanian mezzo-soprano Cornelia Oncioiu graduated from the Timisoara Conservatoire in opera singing. She has won many awards, including the Grand prize of the Eugenia Moldoveanu competition, the special prize of the Neue Stimmen competition in Germany, and the first prizes of the Haricléa Darclée, Ionel Perlea, Sabin Dragoi and Nicolae Bretan competitions. After Romanian debut in Hänsel und Gretel, Suor Angelica, Cavalleria rusticana, Madama Butterfly and Il Trovatore, she joined the Paris Opera’s Atelier lyrique where she perfected her technique with Janine Reiss, among others. Since then, she has performed at the Paris Opera (Giulio Cesare, Dialogues des carmélites, Elektra, Louise, La Cenerentola, The Barber of Seville, Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly, La Sonnambula, The Tales of Hoffmann, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Parsifal, Maudits les innocents, Le Nozze di Figaro, Le Soulier de satin…), at the Opéra national de Bordeaux (Rusalka), Grand Théâtre d’Avignon (Rusalka, Peter Grimes), at the Chorégies d’Orange and the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse (Rigoletto), the Opéra de Marseille (Madama Butterfly), at the Angers-Nantes-Opéra and Opéra de Toulon (Pelléas et Mélisande), Opéra de Tours (Roméo et Juliette), Opéra de Metz (Eugen Onegin, L'italiana in Algeri), in Paris at the Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet and Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (The Rape of Lucretia). Abroad, she sings in Monte Carlo (Il viaggio a Reims), Tokyo (Diary of One Who Disappeared), Santiago de Chile (Madama Butterfly), Amsterdam (Rigoletto), Geneva (Madama Butterfly, Rusalka) and Shanghai (Pelléas et Mélisande).

She has been working with many stage directors including Robert Wilson, Robert Carsen, André Engel, Frédéric Roels and has been singing with conductors like Hartmut Haenchen, Kent Nagano, Jesus Lopez Cobos or Philippe Jordan. This season, she is performing in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene at the MC93 in Bobigny with the Paris Opera’s Academy.

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