Mezzo-soprano Adriana Festeu is an experienced soloist, lecturer and vocal teacher.
Her operatic roles have included Cenerentola, Calbo Maometto secondo, Megacle L’Olimpiade, Rustena La verita in cimento (all Garsington Opera, cover); Marianna Il Signor Bruschino, Lucilla La Scala di Seta (British Youth Opera); Isolier Le comte Ory (Opera South); Xerxes (Longborough Opera, cover); Endimione La Calisto, Komponist Ariadne auf Naxos (Royal Academy Opera); Fidalma Il matrimonio segretto, Marcellina Le nozze di Figaro, Madame Nolan The Medium, Zerlina Don Giovanni (Romanian National Opera); Candida Emilia di Liverpool (European Opera Centre).
Adriana has performed as a recitalist in venues including St. Martin-in-the-Fields, King’s Place, Wilton’s Music Hall, Gloucester Cathedral, Bridgewater Hall and Cité de la Musique (Paris). Her song cycle performances include Mahler Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen and Kindertotenlieder, Respighi Il Tramonto, Enescu Sept chansons de Clement Marot, Dvořák Cigánske melódie and Korngold 5 Lieder, Op. 38. Adriana recorded Romanian art songs for the BBC Radio 3 dramatisation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and was invited back to record Greek songs for The Oresteia: The Libation Bearers.
In 2010 Adriana co-founded Opera Prelude, a charity that delivers lecture-recitals and masterclasses at the Cadogan Hall and throughout the UK; she regularly delivers education and outreach work with companies including Garsington Opera and Grange Park Opera. Adriana is in the process of completing her PhD, Exploring Zwischenfach: Understanding vocal classification and its professional significance, at the Royal Academy of Music. Prior to this she gained a Masters with Distinction at Royal Academy Opera. She has received generous support from the AHRC and the International Opera Awards.