Praised for her intense and moving interpretations of leading Italian lyric-spinto soprano repertoire, Romanian soprano, Adina Nitescu has delighted audiences in opera houses all over the world. She has been "celebrated enthusiastically" for her "violet, velvet, full-voiced tone" interpretation of Manon Lescaut, in the title roles of Madama Butterfly and Tosca, as well as Margherita in Boito's Mefistofele and Maddalena in Giordano's Andrea Chenier.
In recent seasons, she has returned to the U.S.A. to sing the title role in Tosca for the Opera Company of Philadelphia and to sing Nedda for the San Diego Opera. She has also performed Maddalena for Opera de Geneve. Last spring, she sang Cio-Cio-San with Seiji Ozawa for the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan.
Highlights of the 2009/2010 for Ms. Nitescu include her debut in the title role of Madama Butterfly at the Canadian Opera Company, a signature role she also performed at the Dallas Opera, Adriana Lecouvreur in Florence, and the title role in Tosca with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.
Season 2008/2009 featured Ms. Nitescu as Cio-Cio-San in Opera Colorado's Madama Butterfly, a role she also performed the Staatsoper Dresden and at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater. Other highlights of this season included Nedda in Teatro La Fenice's I Pagliacci and the title role in Puccini's Tosca for the Opera National de Paris in the summer of 2009.
In the previous seasons, Ms. Nitescu appeared as Cio-Cio-San both at the Staatsoper in Berlin as well as in the Robert Wilson production of Madama Butterfly at the Nederlandse Opera. She was also featured in the title role of Manon Lescaut, in Palermo, Catania, and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she also performed in a fully staged production of Verdi's Requiem, directed by Achim Freyer. Other engagements have included Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda at Dallas Opera, her debut as Tosca at Naples Teatro San Carlo, Britten's War Requiem in Parma, under the baton of Bruno Bartoletti, and performances of Manon Lescaut at the Vienna State Opera, directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Marco Armiliato.
Ms. Nitescu made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2004/05 as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, conducted by Philippe Jordan. Also in this season were her debuts at Tokyo's New National Opera as Mimi in La Bohéme, and as Maddalena in Andrea Chenier in a concert at the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Orchestra in Leipzig with Fabio Luisi conducting. She has appeared in many of the world's opera houses including the Opera National de Paris, Milan's La Scala, Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova, Maggio Musicale Firenze, Teatro La Fenice, Teatro Regio Torino, Glyndebourne Festival, Leipzig Opera, Cologne Opera, Hamburg State Opera, State Opera Bucharest, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile. She has also appeared in concert at the Parma Festival di Verdi and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach.
Adina Nitescu studied at the Academia de Arte "George Enescu" in Bucharest with Georgeta Stoleriu, and then in the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera with Josef Loibl. She currently studies with her husband, German bass Markus Hollop. Ms. Nitescu also was the winner of the 1991 Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition and the 1990 Pavarotti International Voice Competition.