Oana Berbec studied canto at the National University of Music, Bucharest, in the class of Professor Silvia Voinea and went on to take master classes with Ileana Cotrubaș, Marina Krilovici, Donna Woodward, and Larisa Gergieva. In 2004, she won third prize in the Antonino Miserendino European Music Competition, Palermo, Italy.
She made her début at the Bucharest National Opera in 2014, appearing in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. She has taken part in numerous tours of Romania and abroad, performing in Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Sofia, and other major cities.
Passionate about singing, she has also performed in other genres, including musicals, stage drama, and pantomime. Nor has she remained aloof from the world of dance and film, having taken ballet and tap-dancing lessons and also having appeared in three short films: “Doctor Who – How to stop a Timelord”, “Inspector Plustard and the Fallen Groom” and “Some are Silent”.
She is part of the Trouvères old and traditional music group, via which she became interested in studying various percussion instruments. She is at home in a wide repertoire of genres and styles, from old and Renaissance music to opera, musicals, and contemporary music.
Her great opportunity to work with prestigious choreographer Gigi Căciuleanu came in 2017, at the Bucharest National Opera, as part of the “TragiComedy” show, with a musical score by Rodyon Shchedrin, which opened up to her new horizons in the complex art of theatrical expression. She has continued to work with Gigi Căciuleanu, who gave her the lead rôle in his latest show, “Kiritza, or Playing at…”, based on the plays of Vasile Alecsandri, which premiered at the National Theatre, Bucharest, and has garnered rave reviews and an enthusiastic reception on the part of the public.