Irina Lungu studied at the Voronezh State Institute of Arts with Mikhail Podkopaev. She has won prizes at the All Russian Bella Voce competition, the Dresden Opera Competition, the Elena Obraszova Competition in St. Petersburg and the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Further accolades include the Grand Prix and Gold medal at the Maria Callas Competition in Athens, prizes at the Montserrat Caballé Competition in Andorra and the Belvedere Competition in Vienna. In 2004 she won a special award at Placido Domingo's Operalia Competition, Los Angeles.
She was a soloist at the Voronezh State Opera, where roles included Marfa The Tsar's Bride, title role Iolanta, Leila Les pêcheurs de perles, Violetta La traviata, Desdemona Otello and Liù Turandot.
She has given many concert performances throughout Russia and Germany, and has recorded a CD of music by Bellini and Verdi. In autumn 2003 she became a member of the Opera Studio of the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. She made her debut at La Scala in 2003 as Anaï Moïsé et Pharaon conducted by Riccardo Muti.
She opened the 2004-5 season at the Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo as Bianca Ugo Conte di Parigi, and repeated the role at the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania. In March 2005 she sang the title role of Hindemith's Sancta Susanna, and later in 2005 at La Scala she will perform Oxana Cerevicki (The Slippers) by Tchaikovsky.
Singer of the World with Orchestra Concert 4 repertoire
- Mozart: Crudele! - Non mi dir, Don Giovanni
- Verdi: Oh cielo! dove son io...Ah! degli scani eterei, Aroldo
- Catalani: Ei m'amerà...Amor, celeste ebbrezza, Loreley
Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize Concert 3 repertoire
- Verdi: Ave maria
- Duparc: Chanson triste
- Richard Strauss: Allerseelen, 8 Songs Op 10 No 8
- Berg: Die Nachtigall, 7 Early Songs No 3
- Rakhmaninov: The Answer, Songs Op 21 No 4
- Trad folk song: Polno, Vanya