Soprano Lavinia Cherecheș is an artist of significant success level, both nationally and internationally. Her performances have been largely renowned, highlighted by prestigious singing contests such as Edinburgh Music Festival (1st prize – 1997) and National Composers Union Romania (1st prize – 2005).
She obtained her Bachelors Degree at National Academy of Music Gheorghe Dima Cluj-Napoca, working with prof. Niculina Mirea and prof. Elena Andrieș. During her masters year, in 2000, she worked with prof. and tenor Ion Piso. In the same year, Lavinia Cherecheș receives an invitation from her great-aunt, soprano Virginia Zeani, to travel to the USA and work privately with her. This moment had forever marked both her professional and pedagogical life.
A special note of her career represents her statute as soloist in Toamna Muzicală Clujeană Festival (1999-2013) and Cluj-Modern Festival (2000-2013), her collaboration with ensemble Ars Nova, founded by composer Cornel Țăranu, as soloist of Romanian Cultural Centre of Berlin, italian opera festivals Rapolano Terme and Terme di Caracalla Roma and Niculescu Studio Berlin. She has also been invited to perform on numerous occasions in Bucharest, such as International Festival Geroge Enescu and together with the Radio National Orchestra. She has been cast in international opera distributions in France, Germany, Belgium, England, Holland, Italy and USA.
Her performed roles on stage include: Venera, in C. Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle Ingrate, Countess Almaviva in W. A. Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Donna Elvira/Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mimi/Musetta in G. Puccini’s La Boheme, Turandot in G. Puccini’s Turandot, Santuzza in R. Leoncavallo’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Nedda in I Pagliacci, Leonora in G. Verdi’s Troubadour, Senta in R. Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, Ariadne in R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and many others.
Soprano Lavinia Chereches has recorded two CD’s with operas in their first historical performance: as AIXA in Los Cobos’s La Gloria de Ramiro and as Sfinxa in Cornel Țăranu’s Oreste-Oedipe. She has numerous live interviews at Radio România Cultural, in magazines and specialized musical journalism websites.
During the years 1999-2019, Lavinia Chereches was lectuer university doctor at the Faculty of Arts in Oradea, also Bachelor degree manager and performance coordinator. In 2002 she collaborated as professor at National Academy of Music Gheorghe Dima Cluj-Napoca, National University of Music Bucharest and University of Arts Stockholm Sweeden. She is currently teaching singing at Akademie fur Kunste Berlin and at Partium Christian University Oradea.
In between her notable successes, soprano and technique professor Lavinia Cherecheș takes pride in her many students who have become important artists, some of them mentioned below:
• Kele Brigitta (Soprano) – Soloist at Dusseldorf Opera House, Hungarian Opera Cluj-Napoca and collaborator at Metropolitan Opera House New york
• Kutasi Judit (Mezzosoprano) – Soloist at Zurich Opera House, Deutche Oper Berlin and Scala di Milano
• Varvari Gabriella (Mezzosoprano) – Soloist at National Romanian Opera Timisoara
• Sabina Bischolt (Soprano) – Soloist at Stockholm Opera House, Sweeden
• Richard Hamrin (Baritone) – Soloist at Stockholm Opera House, Sweeden
• Puja Andreea (Soprano) – Soloist at Budapest Opera House, Hungary
• Lisa Algozzini (Soprano) – Soloist in Wien
• Shiki Inoue (Soprano) – Soloist at Staatsoper Hamburg
• Puscas Valentina (Soprano) – Soloist in Hungary