Russian opera singer Irina Lungu was the second busiest soprano in the world in 2016, RIA Novosti reported, citing classical music website Bachtrack’s annual rankings.
The rankings honour the best of the best in ten different categories: contemporary composers, contemporary works, busiest opera houses, busiest choirs (in concert) and busiest voices (sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, countertenors, tenors, baritones and basses). Lungu finished only behind Czech sopranist Alžběta Poláčková.
Irina Lungu has won numerous accolades and competitions, such as the Grand Prix and Gold medal at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix in Athens, prizes at both the Montserrat Caballé in Andorra and the Belvedere Competition in Vienna, and a diploma from Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2003, the Russian singer debuted in Milan’s Teatro alla Scala playing the part of Anaï in Rossini's “Moïse et Pharaon.”