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, Constantinos Carydis, Ivor Bolton and Harry Bicket.
Ms. Tatulescu’s 2016-17 season includes her debut with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as Musetta in Lorenzo Mariani’s production of La bohème conducted by Daniel Oren and a return to the Bavarian State Opera as Karolka in Janáček’s Jenůfa conducted by Tomáš Hanus. She also sings Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Jacksonville Symphony. In future seasons she will return to Seattle Opera in two leading roles.
After acclaimed performances at Santa Fe Opera in summer 2015 as Serpetta in Mozart´s La finta giardiniera, conducted by Harry Bicket and directed by Tim Albery, the 2015-16 season included a number of exciting debuts for Ms. Tatulescu. She started the season singing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Robert Spano, joined Seattle Opera as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Gary Wedow and directed by Aidan Lang, took to the stage at Florida Grand Opera as Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, conducted by Ramón Tebar and directed by Renaud Doucet, and lastly portrayed Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio with Cincinnati Opera. She also returned to Stadttheater Klagenfurt for her role debut as Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night´s Dream, conducted by Alexander Soddy and directed by Immo Karaman. This followed an acclaimed role debut as Blanche de la Force in Poulenc´s Dialogues des Carmélites in Klagenfurt the previous season, also under the baton of Alexander Soddy and directed by Richard Brunel.
In the 2013-14 season, Ms. Tatulescu returned to the Bavarian State Opera singing her signature Mozart roles such as Zerlina in Don Giovanni under Louis Langrée, Despina in Cosi fan tutte under Mark Wigglesworth, and the First Lady in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte under Ivor Bolton, as well as Musetta in La Bohème under Marco Armiliato and the title role in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges. She ended the season by making her debut at Santa Fe Opera as Norina in a new Laurent Pelly production of Don Pasquale under the baton of Corrado Rovaris. She could also be heard in concert with the MDR Rundfunkorchester under the baton of James Gaffigan as soprano soloist in Debussy's La Damoiselle élue and Le martyre de Saint Sèbastien and in a chamber concert under the auspices of the Bavarian State Opera at the Allerheiligen Hofkirche in Munich, featuring songs by Haydn, Beethoven, Wolf and Blacher.
Ms. Tatulescu started the 2012-13 season as Despina in concert performances of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Robin Ticciati, followed by a recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in a programme dedicated to the music of Romanian composer Dinu Lipatti. She then returned to the Bavarian State Opera to sing roles such as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Musetta in La Bohème. The character of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro is one of her signature roles and took a central place in the season: she sang Susanna for her debut with the Glyndebourne Festival in performances conducted by Jérémie Rohrer and in concert performances with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Budapest, followed by additional performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin to open their 2013-14 season. Ms. Tatulescu received exceptional reviews for her several portrayals of Susanna - she was described as “steal[ing] the evening with a feisty Susanna, full of energy in both her singing and her physical presence on stage” in Glyndebourne and "a mesmerising Susanna" in Berlin.
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.
The 2009-10 season saw Ms. Tatulescu join the permanent ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she sang Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni. Her roles in Munich have included Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, her role debut as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte and Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Creusa in Mayr’s Medea in Corintho, Musetta in La Bohème, 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. Ms. Tatulescu received the prestigious Münchener Festspielpreis for her portrayals in the 2011 Festspiele of Hanna in Make No Noise by Miroslav Srnka, as well as Zerlina and Marzelline.
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. She made her debut with the Bavarian State Opera as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. 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.
Ms. Tatulescu has had a close relationship with the Vienna State Opera since 2005. In the 2007-08 season her roles in Vienna included Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and Despina in Cosi fan Tutte under Maestro Riccardo Muti in Vienna and at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under Peter Schneider. She also sang Sophie in Werther under Marco Armilliato and opera gala concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan. In January 2007 she made her role debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro in Vienna under the baton of Philippe Jordan and was praised for her “stature, bell-like and soulful sound, and her instinct in portraying the incredible complexity of this character” (Der Neue Merker). She received the first and only Uli Maerkle Prize of the Vienna State Opera as most promising young singer in 2006.
Her orchestral repertoire covers a wide range of Oratorio and concert repertoire, including works by Bach and Mozart, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Gorecki’s Third Symphony, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Poulenc’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. In the 2010-11 season, she gave a celebrated concert at the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague with the Prague Philharmonia under Jakub Hrusa and could be heard in recital at Teatro Mayor in Bogota, Columbia, with pianist Vlad Iftinca in 2015.
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. She made her professional opera debut in 2004 at the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest. She lives in Munich.