December 19, 2019


On December 19, 2019, Irina Lungu will sing the role of Mimì in La bohème at the Vienna State Opera, in the legendary Franco Zeffirelli production and under the musical direction of Maestro Marco Armiliato, the first of a series of three performances running through December 25, 2018. She will sing alongside Saimir Pirgu as Rodolfo, Marco Caria as Marcello, Mariam Battistelli as Musetta, Samuel Hasselhorn as Schaunard and Ryan Speedo Green as Colline. The December 22, 2019 performance will be live video-streamed on

Irina Lungu made her role debut at the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre in Moscow in 2015, subsequently interpreting it at the Teatro Regio Turin, Teatro San Carlo Naples, the Seoul Arts Center and at the Royal Opera Muscat. Later this season, she will perform it at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and at the Teatro Lirico Cagliari.

The Russian soprano is a frequent and much beloved guest of the Vienna State Opera, having appeared there in several roles including Violetta in La traviata, Norina in Don Pasquale, Elettra in Idomeneo, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, which she will reprise this coming May.

Other upcoming engagements for Irina Lungu include Marguerite in Faust at the Sydney Opera House, and her debut as the soloist soprano in Verdi’s Messa da Requiem at the Zaryadye Hall Moscow.


Information about La bohème at the Vienna State Opera:

Mimì: Irina Lungu; Rodolfo: Saimir Pirgu; Marcello: Marco Caria; Musetta: Mariam Battistelli; Colline: Ryan Speedo Green; Schaunard: Samuel Hasselhorn

Marco Armiliato, conductor; Franco Zeffirelli, stage director

Performances: December 19, 22, 25, 2019


[Photo by Johannes Ifkovits]