Originally from Moldavia, Diana Axentii moved to France to pursue her vocal studies at the National Conservatory in Lyon, where she graduated with distinctions.
She is an award-winner of several international competitions: UPMCF in Paris, George Enescu in Bucharest, Montserrat Caballé in Andorra and Queen Elisabeth in Brussels. She took part in numerous master classes with Gundula Janowitz, Gwyneth Jones, Thomas Quasthoff, Brigitte Fassbaender, Edith Mathis, Grace Bumbry, Régine Crespin, Nicola Beller Carbone, Margaret Honig, etc.
She is a former member of the Opera Studio in Lyon, the Atelier Lyrique of the Paris Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Academy and Verbier Festival Academy.
She started her career as a mezzo-soprano and turned later to the soprano repertoire.
The roles she sang as a mezzo-soprano included Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), The Kitchen Boy (Rusalka), Mercédès (Carmen), Javotte (Manon), Sélysette (Ariane et Barbe-Bleue), Fenena (Nabucco), Clotilde (Norma), Dido (Dido and Aeneas)…
As a soprano, she sings La Contessa from Le Nozze di Figaro (a touring production in France, Switzerland and Bulgaria), the schoolboy from Godard’s Dante (Münchner Rundfunkorchester in Munich and Versailles conducted by Ulf Schirmer and in the opera house of Saint-Étienne), Dorotea from Stiffelio (Bilbao), Oenone from Phèdre by Lemoyne (Caen, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, Reims, Mets and Limoges), Rosalinde from Die Fledermaus (O. Festival in Montpellier), Cio-cio-San from Madama Butterfly (Rennes), Marietta, Paquitta, Rositta from Maître Peronilla (Théâtre des Champs Elysées).
She has sung under the direction of well-known conductors such as: Charles Dutoit, Marc Soustrot, Philippe Jordan, Jiří Bělohlávek, Sylvain Cambreling, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli, Francesco Ivan Ciampa, Pietro Rizzi, Luciano Acocella, Roberto Abbado, Hervé Niquet, Gaspard Brecourt and many others.
She performed in prestigious places like The Palace of Fine Arts Bozar in Brussels and The Royal Mint Theater in Brussels, The Opera royal de Wallonia, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Paris Opera House (Bastille and Palais Garnier), the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in England, the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the Boston Symphony Hall, the Metz Arsenal, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bilbao Euskalduna Concert Hall, The Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, the Monte-Carlo Garnier Opera and several French opera houses of Nancy, Bordeaux, Marseille, Dijon, Rouen, Lyon, Besançon, Opèra Comique, Athénée Théâtre Louis Jouvet, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, etc.
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