Manuela lives and works in Netherlands since 2002. Her singing career spans over 20 years. She sang important roles as a soloist in renowned opera houses and concert halls, particularly in Germany. In addition to her performances, she has always taught. After building her vocal studio Manuela Ochakovski's directive is focused entirely on giving singing lessons to professionals and amateurs and to coaching professional singers.
The soprano Manuela Ochakovski is of Romanian origin. She graduated with honors from the musicacademy in Iasi (Romania). Following her studies, she was employed from 1986 to 1991 as an opera singer at the State Opera of Timisoara (Romania) where she, among others, sang the roles of Queen of the night, Gilda, Olympia and Rosina. During this period she was frequently invited by the most important Romanian symphony orchestras for gala-concerts and tv appearances.
In the two subsequent seasons she sang as a guest at the Städtischen Bühnen in Regensburg as Gilda in 'Rigoletto' and Lucia in 'Lucia di Lammermoor '. From 1993 to August 2000 she was connected with the Oldenburg State Theatre where she built up a large repertoire, including the role of Sophie ('Der Rosenkavalier', directed by Brigitte Fassbender) and Rosina ('Il Barbiere di Seviglia', with Dietrich Henschel as Figaro).
She obtained a great success in the world premiere 'An den schönen blauen Donau' by Franz Hummel (conductor Peter Kuhn, director H. Lukas-Kindermann) in Dortmund and two premieres in Stuttgart with the Stuttgarter Philharmonie (conductor Lothar Zagrosek). In Frankfurt am Main she sang the role of Leila in 'Die Wände' by Adriana Hölszky (conductor Bernhard Kontarsky, director Hans Hollmann).
She filled in the season 2001-2002 in the Staatstheater Hannover one of the leading roles in the spectacular world premiere of John Cage's Europeras I-' V ' (conductor Johannes Harneit, director Nigel Lowery). In 2002 she was engaged as a soloist at the Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin, as Isolde in 'Le Vin herbé' by Frank Martin.
Manuela Ochakovski works closely with the composers H.J. Hespos, Adriana Hölszky and Violeta Dinescu. Many concert tours brought her to Italy, the United States, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. Guest appearances and concerts were booked in Regensburg, Trier, Lübeck, Rostock, Stuttgart, Dortmund, Weingarten, Aachen, Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. There are several radio recordings made by Manuela Ochakovski's rendition of the music of H.J. Hespos at the Südwestfunk and Radio Bremen.
Manuela Ochakovski is already active as a singing teacher since 1986. Her singing studio 'il Portamento' grows slowly to an international reputation. In addition to the singers from the Netherlands many others from Belgium, England, Switzerland and Canada have already found their way to 'il Portamento'. Some of them are now employed as a soloist on national and international stages.