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Aida Amneris Osaka.
Ballo in maschera Ulrica Ballo in maschera Nancy
Aida Amneris - Aida Südkorea
Giulietta Giulietta Opera de Paris Bastille.
Trovatore Azucena Liege. 

Biography

After finishing her violin study at the Craiova Music High School, Gabriela Popescu later dedicated herself exclusively to classical singing at the Bucharest Music High School, and studies at the Bucharest Music Academy under Professor Arta Florescu.

The young artist soon received scholarships in Bayreuth and Florence.
Master Classes with Ileana Cotrubas and Margarita Lilova in Vienna completed her training.
In 1992 she won first place in the Robert Stolz Competition in Hamburg.
In her first engagement at the Magdeburg Opera House from 1989 to 1992, Gabriela Popescu sang important parts, including Erda, Fricka and Waltraute.

Soon she was making guest appearances at renowned European opera houses like Paris (Giulietta from Offenbach's Hoffmann's Tales in the Bastille Opera), Vienna (Fenena from Verdi's Nabucco at the People's Opera), Brussels (Smeton from Donizetti's Anna Bolena and Triptychon by Puccini at the Théâtre de La Monnaie), Toulouse (Maddalena from Verdi's Rigoletto at the Théâtre du Capitole), Lausanne (Olga from Tschaikowsky's Eugen Onegin  at the Théâtre du Jorat), Bilbao (Federica from Verdi's Luisa Miller at the Teatro Coliseo Albia), Marseille (Frugola from Puccini's Mantel at the Marseille Opera), Oslo (Carmen by Bizet  at the Norske Opera), Toulon, Lüttich, Reims (Azucena from Verdi's Il Trovatore), Hamburg (Triptychon by Puccini at the  Hamburg State Opera), Nürnberg (Ulrica from Verdi's Ballo in Maschera at the Nürnberg State Theater), Nancy (Sorcière from Prokofiev's Der feurige Engel at  the Nancy Opera) from 1992 to 2001.

Her partners included Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Neil Shicoff, Lando Bartolini, Jose van Dam, Alain Fondary, Nicola Martinucci, Serghei Larin in the performances conducted by Antonio Papano, Marcello Viotti, Simonne Young, Maurizio Arena, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniel Oren, Stefan Lano,
Gerd Schaller u.a.

She has worked with famous directors like Roman Polanski, Vittorio Rossi, Harry Kupfer, Nicolas Joël, Antonello Madau Diaz.

Further important stations in her career were: the repeated participation in the Verdi Open Air Festival
in Berlin in 2002 and 2003 with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra; invitations to Opera Galas, vocal-symphonic concerts or song evenings in the well-known European centres (Budapest, Basel, Berlin, Venice, Lausanne, Cologne, Bamberg, Hanover, Madrid); the tour of the far east – opening success in Japan (2002 with song evenings and concerts of the Christmas Oratorio and Messiah by Händel) was followed by performances of Aida in Tokyo (in the Orchard Hall) and in Osaka (in the Festival Hall), as well as in other big towns in Japan (2003).

In 2005 she took on the role of Azucena in Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera in Seoul (South Korea), as well as that of Fenena in Nabucco at the National Opera in the Philharmonia from Tokyo,
conducted by Daniel Oren.

In 2006 she sang the role of Amneris in Aida at the Daejeon Arts Center, Gwangiu Arts Center and in 2011 at Deagu International Opera Fesival (South Korea).

At the Bucharest National Opera, Gabriela Popescu celebrated important successes:
in 2004 as Amneris in Aida, in 2006 as Azucena (Trovatore) and as Delilah in the concertante performance of Samson and Delilah (2007).

In the International George Enescu Festival 2007, she shone with arias from operas and oratorios by Händel,  and performed together with the Munich Bach Soloists conducted by Gerd Schaller.

Gabriela Popescu received ovations in January 2008 for her interpretation of the part of Principessa in the concertante performance of the opera Adriana Lecouvreur of Cilèa, together with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the Bucharest National Broadcasting. She gained great recognition with the same ensemble with the interpretation of orchestral songs by Richard Strauss in October 2008 and in January 2009 with the part of Hérodiade in the opera by Jules Massenet.

In April 2009 sang the role of the Fairy Morgana in a concertante performance of the opera Merlin by Karl Goldmark, as a world debut recording for a CD (production of Bavarian Broadcasting).

Gabriela Popescu is welcomed back time and again as a guest of the „George Enescu“ Philharmonic in Bukarest, where she has achieved not only in gala performances but also in concerts (Dvorak / Requiem, Dvorak / Stabat Mater, Verdi / Requiem, Beethoven / Missa Solemnis, Mendelssohn – Bartholdy / Elias,
R. Wagner / Wesendonck - Lieder, Isoldes Liebestod, Brünnhildes Schlussgesang from Götterdämmerung
and „the four last Songs“ by R. Strauss) great success from 2008 to 2014.

She received Invitations to sing Opera Galas at Daegu Opera 2012, and in 2013 to sing
Verdi / Requiem at Kyungpook National University in Daegu.

Lecturer for classical Singing at Otto-von- Guericke-University in Magdeburg ( from 2003 to 2008).

Master Classes 2003 and 2004 at Chamber Opera Tokyo

Master Classes in South Korea:

2005/ 2006     The Korean National University of Arts, School of Music Seoul

2007               Kunsan National University College of Department of Music

2009/ 2010     Paichai University in Daejeon

2011              Chunnam University Gwangiu

2013              Kyungpook National University in Daegu