Elisa Balbo

Opera gives one artist’s wandering soul a purpose, and that is its charm. It becomes a religion that teaches rigour, self-care, humility, patience, and resilience and preaches beauty, harmony, wonder and imaginativeness.
Ph.: Roberto Ricci


by Bianca L. Nica
November 29, 2020



Artist gifted with great stylistic and vocal ductility, she tackles a vast repertoire that includes Rossini (Anna Erisso in Mohammed II, Anaï in Moïse, Amenaide in Tancredi), Verdi (Desdemona in Otello, Alice in Falstaff, Violetta in La Traviata), Puccini (Mimi and Musetta in La Bohème, Liù in Turandot). She plays Micaela in Bizet's Carmen and also goes into the Verismo repertoire singing Nedda in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, Stephana in Giordano's Siberia, also venturing into the rarer repertoire, interpreting, for example, the impervious Countess of Boissy in La Schiavo by Gomes. In addition, a few years after her debut at the Filarmonico di Verona in The Merry Widow, she will return to play the role of the rich Hanna Glawari for the inauguration of the 2020-2021 season at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. The Ligurian soprano, appreciated for her excellent musicality, softness, freshness of timbre and outstanding acting skills, has had the opportunity to establish herself internationally by performing on important stages with eminent conductors, including Riccardo Muti. She has performed on stages such as the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, La Fenice di Venezia, the Arena di Verona, the Philharmonic Theater of Verona, the Wiener Konzerthaus of Vienna, the Ravenna Festival, the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Bunka Mura Tokyo, in Tokyo, the International Music Hall in Moscow, the Great Rubinstein Rimsij-Korsakov Theater in St. Petersburg, the Rossini Festival in Wildbad, the Toscanini Auditorium in Turin covering a vast repertoire, and has been the protagonist of award-winning recordings. Passionate and sensitive for the sacred and symphonic repertoire, she performs Carmina Burana at the Moscow International Music House, the Symphony no.2 op.52 by Mendelsohn-Bartholdy at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Oratorie de Noël by Saint-Sëans at the Duomo di Milano, Requiem by Mozart in a tour in Japan with the Orchestra Rossini of Pesaro and the Vier Letze Lieder by Richard Strauss. Also noteworthy are her interpretations of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome and Stabat Mater in Pesaro.

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Dear Elisa, it’s a pleasure to interview you, and, already from the beginning, I want to express my deep regret for the fact that, due to the new DPCM available from October 26th until November 26th, your next project, Faust rapsodia at the 2020 Ravenna Festival won’t be open to the public, so I won’t […]

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Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

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She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
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She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

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