Mariana Nicolesco captivates audiences with her soprano drammatico di agilità voice, with her stage personality and her huge repertory that ranges from the baroc to contemporary music: Haendel, Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini. She has been acclaimed as Queen of Belcanto, Primadonna Assoluta, and Diva Divine at various prestigious establishments around the world: from Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, to the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall in New York as well as the Salzburg Festival and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Mariana Nicolesco sang in the world première of Penderecki’s Seven Gates of Jerusalem in the Holy City for the celebrations of its 3000 year anniversary. Invited by Pope John Paul II, she sang also in the First Christmas Concert televised from the Vatican through Mondovisione world wide and watched by one billion people. She has received numerous distinctions over the years, such as Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, Commander of the Italian Republic, Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and the National Order of the Star of Romania in the Rank of High Cross. Mariana Nicolesco was designated as The Most Successful Woman of her native country and received in Germany the special Prize Kulturpreis Europa “for her artistic achievements, for her role as a mentor of the new generation and for her successful efforts bringing Romania to Europe and Europe to Romania”.
Mariana Nicolesco is a laureate of the UNESCO Medal for Artistic Accomplishments and was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace “in recognition of her commitment to musical heritage, artistic creation, dialogue between cultures, and of her contribution to promoting the ideals of the Organization”. She continues to concentrate on the great Hariclea Darclée Festival and International Voice Competition that she founded in 1995 in Romania and coordinates ever since, with the participation of over 2000 competitors from 47 countries and 5 continents. In the periods between events, she offers Master Classes attended by a great number of young artists from Romania and many other countries.