Recognized as one of today’s greatest sopranos, Inva Mula was born in Tirana, Albania. Raised in a family of artists, her parents, Nina and Avni Mula were famous artists in Albania. Inva Mula began taking piano lessons and performed her first concert at the age of five. She soon received many awards and recognition from the public and her songs and interpretations growingly became famous to people of her generation.
She studied singing at the Conservatory of Tirana, then began her career in Albania. Following several victories in singing competitions, she decided to pursue a career abroad, and moved to France in 1992. She took part in the very first Operalia competition, organized by Placido Domingo in Paris in 1993, where she won the first price.
She stands out as one of the most promising coloratura soprano.
Her first role in France comes soon after:
Violetta in La Traviata from Verdi to Avignon. Throughout her career, she has a special relationship with this role. In 1994, she made her debut at the Paris Opera in Michaela, Carmen de Bizet.
In 1997, her voice was heard by millions of people when her rendition of “Il dolce suono,” taken from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor’s madness scene, was used in the film The Fifth Element of Luke Besson.
From 1993 her career took and international path as she was invited to give performances in Opera Houses such as Opéra d’Avignon (La Traviata, Romeo and Juliet, Un Ballo in Maschera), The Los Angeles Opera (Don Pasquale, La Boheme, Le Nozze di Figaro La Rondine) Stadttheater Bonn and The Washington National Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago (Falstaff), The Metropolitan Opera of New York (La Bohème).
She had a great success singing Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto alongside the great baritone Leo Nucci at the Opéra de Marseille. After this great success, she was invited to sing this role at the Arena di Verona where the audience’s applause made her come back regularly for many years in the roles of Violetta, Gilda, and Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen.
She pursued a great collaboration with Maestro Ricardo Muti at La Scala in Milan and in the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi (Busseto) in the role of Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff; she was invited by the maestro to sing Violetta for the opening of the new Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milan. This success brought other engagements at La Scala for the roles of Violetta, Gilda, Lauretta in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Manon in Massenet’s Manon.
Inva Mula naturally came back to singing the role of Violetta and was unanimously acclaimed by the international press, especially for her “empathy and high sensitivity interpreting this famous worldwide well known role” at the Opéra national de Montpellier, the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, the Opéra de Nice, the Staatsoper Berlin, the Opéra de Paris, the Royal Opera House in London, the Chorégies d’Orange, the Toronto Opera House, Tokyo Opera, the Teatro Verdi Trieste, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Bilbao Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper.
Inva Mula is known for her capacity to embody roles of Italian Bel Canto as well as French heroines whom occupy a very important part her repertoire.
Her career was also successful in Spanish theatres such as Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, and Seville, where she had a great success singing the role of Amelia in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra with her mentor Placido Domingo and Nedda in Leoncavallo’s Paggliacci alongside José Cura.
She has won equal success in concert halls and international festivals in New York, Moscow, San Petersburg, Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana, Paris, Geneva, Tirana, led by the prestigious conductors such as Michel Plasson, George Prêtre, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Vladimir Spivakov, Zubin Mehta, Myung-Whun Chung.
In November 2012 she directed and sang the jubilee concert of the Independence of Albania. Both the public and critics acclaimed this historical event. As part of the festivities, the President of the Republic of Albania granted her with one the most honorific titles of the country, “Honor of the Nation.”
A new CD entitled “Per Ty Atdhe” was then recorded in collaboration with orchestra RTV Ljubljana and she started a series of concerts in Kosovo and Macedonia. She was given the “Citizen of Honor” title by the city of Shkodër during the promotion of her CD of Albanian folk songs performed with the Quartet Gaudi.
Since the beginning of her career, the performances she gives with her incredible artistic personality have the faculty to touch the audience souls’ through singing.
In spring 2015, Inva Mula worked the first time as a stage director, signing a production of Pagliacci at the Albanian National Opera, Tirana while singing at the same time the part of Nedda. This double performance of great involvement was higly praised by the audience and the international press. She continues with the same passion as a stage directeur for a second time on september 2017 in the production of Pecheur des Perles de Bizet at the Albanian National Opera.
The latest success is the second edition of the “MIK” Festival of Korça (July 19) created and directed by Inva Mula.
Acknowledging the immense quality of her career, in 2006 the French Government appointed Inva Mula with the order of “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres”, a very prestigious award for high level artists.