Opera stars, perfumes and suggestions: Virginia Tola



What’s your favourite perfume?

“My favourite perfume is the one which totally mirrors my personality: Chanel Mademoiselle.”

Do you always buy the same perfume or do you like changing and trying something different?

“If I’m not mistaken, I’ve been wearing Chanel since 2001. I’ve tried and bought other perfumes, but I must admit Mademoiselle has my name written all over it. Among other fragrances, I like Elie Saab and Dior J’Adore.”

What are the reasons why you like it? What do you like about it? Does it bring back any memories? What is it reminiscent of?

“There are many reasons why I like it so much. Even if it’s a very popular perfume (many women I know wear it), I feel my skin reacts in a very special and personal way to it. I’ve smelt it on others, but it doesn’t even seem the same. I like the fact that it has a touch of sweetness and notes of rose and jasmine. I also enjoy the sharp opening notes of citrus fruit and the deep woody notes of vetiver, patchouli and vanilla.”

As you discovered ‘ this perfume? When was the first….

“It’s forever linked to the first steps of my career, which started when I was very young. I was 23 when I first tried it: I was travelling after winning Operalia and I discovered it at an airport.”

When do you like wearing it?

“All the time! It’s my trademark.”

How do you feel when you wear it?

“I feel myself. I feel at home and it makes me feel special.”

What opera character would wear your perfume?  Or which character of the opera  brings to mind this perfume?

“Tosca for sure! It has always been my dream role. I’ve been performing as Tosca for two years, which has made me immensely happy.”



Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is a Chypre floral fragrance created by Jacques Polge in 2001. Top notes are orange, mandarin orange, orange blossom and bergamote. Middle notes are mimosa, jasmine, turkish rose and ylang-ylang. Base notes are tonka-bean, patchouli, vanilla, vetiver and white musk.


The new fragrance of designer Elie Saab Le Parfum, the Eau Couture, is inspired by a fresh and urban mood, with light and natural femininity.
The perfumer Francis Kurkdjian has dreamed of a new tribute to freshness, leading to sensuality through unprecedented arrangements, far from conventions.
In the head notes, the bergamot of Calabria is associated with magnolia; in the heart, the orange flower; the bottom notes see an agreement of Green Almond with delicious Vanilla, which makes this fragrance irresistible.


Christian Dior J’Adore is the great floral fragrance for woman. It was created in 1999 by Calice Becker. Its rich generous and balanced bouquet is an authentic source of inspiration. Celebrating the Comoros Ylang-Ylang, Rose Damascena and Jasmine Sambac, J’adore encloses the most precious flowers collected in Dior’s “garden of raw materials”.


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