Obituary: Romanian soprano Constanța Adriana Mesteș dies at 64

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Opera Naţională Română din Timişoara official website)

Romanian soprano Constanța Adriana Mesteș passed away in Bucharest at the age of 64.

She graduated from the singing section of the Timișoara’s High School of Arts “Ion Vidu” in 1975. That same year, she got her first job at Opera Naţională Română din Timişoara, at first as a member of the Choir, and later as a soloist.

Mesteș graduated from the singing section at the “George Enescu” Conservatory in Iași in 1986, under the supervision of the baritone Visarion Huțu. She debuted onstage at the Opera Națională Romană Iași in the role of Blonde in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail.”

Adriana Mesteș portrayed numerous roles in Verdi’s operas, including  Violetta Valéry in “La Traviata,” Gilda in “Rigoletto,” Oscar in “Un Ballo in Maschera,” and Fenena in “Nabucco,” among others. She has also appeared in the title role in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Rosalinde in Johan Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” and Hana Glawari in Lehár’s operetta “Die Lustige Witwe.”

Mesteș had also performed a wide repertoire of Lied and Oratorio.