Obituary: Mezzo-Soprano Mariana Cioromila Dies at 70

By Afton Wooten

Romanian Mezzo-Soprano Mariana Cioromila passed away on May 19, 2022 at the age of 70.

Making her professional debut in April of 1989 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Dorabella in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” Cioromila continued to sing Mozartian roles for many years. Her dedication and mastery of Mozart’s music brought her much success. Cioromilia was the winner of many singing competitions including the Maria Callas Competition in Athens.

Later in her career, Cioromila began singing heavier roles such as Eboli in “Don Carlo” and Maddalena in “Rigoletto.” Her time in Berlin allowed her to take on roles in German favorites including the Witch in “Hänsel und Gretel,” and Mary in “Der fliegende Holländer.”

The highlight of Cioromila’s career was working with Götz Friedrich in his 1995 version of “Boris Godunov” in Berlin. She performed the leading female role of Marina alongside Matti Salminen and René Kollo.

In the late 1990s, Cioromila retired from singing and settled in Brazil until her death earlier this month.