The mezzo-soprano Lilia Istratii was born in the Republic of Moldova in 1994 and is currently a soloist at the Romanian Opera Craiova. She was also a soloist at the National Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Chisinau, capital of Moldova.
She debuted at Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera Warsaw in 2019 as Olga in Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky and at National Opera Bucharest Romania as Maddalena in 2023.
In 2023, Lilia received the Excellence Award “Maria Bieșu”, as the Voice of the Year, granted by the Ministry of Culture and The Musician’s Union of Moldova.
Her repertoire includes, among others, Carmen by Bizet, Polina (The Queen of Spades) by Tchaikovsky, Lyubasha (The Tsar's Bride) by Korsakov, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) by Puccini, Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Fenena (Nabucco) by Verdi, Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) by Mascagni, Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) by Johann Strauss , as well as solo parts of Stabat Mater by Rossini, Dixit Dominus by Vivaldi, Messa de Buenos Aires by Palmieri, Verdi's Requiem, and many works by Beethoven, Bach and Mozart.
Recent performances include Maddalena (Rigoletto) at the National Opera of Iasi Romania, La Frugola (Il Tabarro) at the Varna Summer International Music Festival, the Verdi's Requiem with the Luxembourg Philharmonie and symphonic concerts at the International Festival Vinopera, Musica Ricercata Festival and a collaboration with FRANCECONCERT performing concerts in Belgium, Netherland and France.
Lilia was a finalist at the 4th Eva Marton International Singing Competition 2021, and at the Opera Crown International Singing Competition 2018 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
She studied at the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau, Moldova, between 2013 and 2019, graduating with a bachelor and a master’s degree, specialized in bel canto.