Liliana Nikiteanu



Liliana Nikiteanu began her vocal training in 1977 at the music high school, then at the conservatory in Bucharest. She received her first permanent engagement in 1986 at the Galati Music Theatre.
She won numerous prizes: 1984 Francesco Viñas, 1986 Belgrade, 1989 Vienna Belvedere and 1991 Geneva.
In 2000 she was nominated by Opernwelt as Best Young Singer of the Year for the interpretation of Dorabella. Her repertoire includes over 80 roles which she has sung at Opernhaus Zurich, where she has been a member of the ensemble since 1991, or in other opera houses including Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Bastille, the Vienna and Hamburg State Operas, Ježibaba (Rusalka) in Montreal, Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) in Dresden, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in Vienna and Munich; Dorabella (Così fan tutte) in Dresden, Munich, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Fjodor (Boris Godunow) in Salzburg, Orfeo (Gluck) in the Cité de la Musique Paris, Margarethe (Damnation de Faust) in Brussels and Dulcinée (Don Quixote) in the Theater an der Wien. In Zurich she impersonated all Mozart roles of her Fach (Cherubino, Dorabella, Despina, Cecilio, Sextus, Anius, Giacinta, Zerlina, 2nd Lady, Marcellina, Don Ramiro and Idamante), as well as more dramatic roles such as Ljubascha (The Tsar's Bride), Amme (Dukas' Bluebeard) and Fricka (The Rhine Gold).

As a concert singer she has a repertoire ranging from Bach to Berio. In Bamberg she sang Berenice by Haydn under Adam Fischer, in Paris Berlioz' Les Nuits d'Eté under Holliger, in Copenhagen Verdi's Requiem and in Tel Aviv and Haifa Bruckner's Te Deum under Mehta. In 2005 she performed in St. Peter's Basilica for the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Guard of the Pope. Among the conductors who have shaped her are Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, Franz Welser-Möst, John Eliot Gardiner, Rene Jakobs and Philippe Jordan.

Recently she has appeared in Zurich as Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd) and Teresa (La sonnambula) and sang Larina in Eugen Onegin at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Komische Oper Berlin in summer 2019 and returned to the Opéra de Monte Carlo with Le Comte Ory (Ragone) in 2021.

The beginning of next season will mark her return to the Liceu Barcelona as Larina (Eugen Onegin).




Composer Work Role
Bellini Sonnambula Teresa
Britten The turn of the screw Mrs Grose *
Britten Peter Grimes Auntie
Dalbavie Gesualdo Eleonora
Debussy Pélléas et Mélisande Geneviève *
Donizetti Fille du Régiment Marquise
Dukas Ariane et Barbe-Bleue Nourrice
Dvorak Rusalka Jezibaba
Händel Rinaldo Goffredo
Händel Giulio Cesare Cesare /Cornelia *
Händel Semele Ino / Juno
Haydn Il mondo della luna Lisetta
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Hexe 
Humperdinck Königskinder Hexe
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Mamma Lucia *
Massenet Thérèse Thérèse
Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse Ericlea *
Mozart Mitridate Farnace *
Mozart Zauberflöte 2. Dame
Mussorgksy Boris Godunow Marina *
Puccini Suor Angelica Die Fürstin *
Rameau Les Indes Galantes Zaïre
Rimsky-Korsakov Die Zarenbraut Lyubascha
Rossini Otello Emilia
Rossini  Le Comte d'Ory Ragonde
Schostakowitsch Die Nase Podtotschina
Strauss, R. Daphne Gaea
Strauss, R. Elektra Klytämnestra
Strauss, R. Capriccio Clairon *
Tschaikowski Eugen Onegin Larina
Verdi Falstaff Meg / Miss Quickly *
Verdi Rigoletto Maddalena
Verdi Luisa Miller Federica
Wagner Götterdämmerung Waltraute / 2. Norn
Wagner Walküre Fricka
Wagner Rheingold Fricka
Wagner Fliegender Holländer Mary
    *in preparation