Operastars, perfumes and suggestions: Cristina Pasaroiu



Operafashion met the Romanian soprano Cristina Pasaroiu who is currently making her debut in the title role of Massenet’s Manon at Korean National Opera.

1) What’s your favourite perfume?

I’m a huge perfume fan…  So I don’t have one favorite perfume which I use every day. I have many perfumes which I use often, for example, Kilian Cruel Intentions but also Kilian Love.

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

I have some fragrances which I have been using for many years and never get bored of them: for example Dior Forever and Ever – more suitable for spring and summer, a very floral fragrance, light and sexy – Byredo Bal d’Afrique – also for warmer seasons – and Chanel Chance Eau Fresh or the new perfume from Tiffany and Co.

In any case, I dream to open my own perfumes-shop and hopefully – after many tries in the perfume laboratoires of Grasse and Eze – to find my own essences!

3) What are the reasons why you like parfumes? What do you like about them? Does they bring back any memories? What is it reminiscent of?

In winter, I wear Amouage Fate or Le Somptuex a very special essence from Neijma Collection: it is truly unique! The top note is made of saffron, orange blossom, bergamot and labdanum oil. I bought both in Nice, where I know some chic French boutiques… I discovered Eisenberg Le péché in Israel and I fell in love with it immediately! I like very complex essences that not everybody can wear. Often, I associate important and special moment to the perfume I wear!

My passion for perfumes started when I was a child and used my mother’s essences. It is so unusual but true: my favourites as a child were Givenchy Organza and Gucci,  Lancôme Miracle, Cartier Baise Volé. I like to wear Majda Bekkali Tulaytulah when I’m rehearsing or wake up early in the morning.

4) As you discovered this perfume? When was the first time you bought it? Where?
Speaking of Kilian Cruel Intentions, I bought it for the first time in Vienna in 2015.

5) When do you like wearing it?
Always it depends on my mood….

6)  How do you feel when you wear it?
Stronger and misterious 🙂

7) What opera character would wear your perfume?  Or which character of the opera  brings to mind this perfume?
I associate three opera characters with three of my favourite perfumes: Dior Forever and Ever with my first Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto; Kilian Cruel Intentions with my Rachel in La Juive by Halevy, and Stella by Stella Mccartney with my first Valentine in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots.



Kilian’s Cruel Intentions was launched in 2007. The nose behind this fragrance is Sidonie Lancesseur. The fragrance features the warm, enfolding balsamic note of Oud, a legendary wood said to be ‘worth more in its weight than gold’. Beneath the pseudo-innocence displayed by bergamot from Calabria, the seduction trap closes courtesey of Centifolia rose and woody heart notes. Papyrus, vetiver from Haiti and guaiacum wood provide hints of mystery and elegance and then comes a grand finale of warm, sensous styrax and castoreum.


Eisenberg’s Le Péché was launched in 2010. A heady fragrance blending Orange Blossom and Osmanthus Flowers, that seduces and lingers in the air. Sensual Jasmine captures Transparent Amber and Vanilla in its heart. The woody base notes of Patchouli and Sandalwood engrave a spellbinding trail on the Musks.



First introduced in 2006, Forever and Ever by Christian Dior offers a combination of floral scents for a fresh aroma. It actively combines notes of almond blossom, rose and geranium. Other components include hints of musk, freesia and water jasmine. The result provides a complex and balanced fragrance that’s great for both everyday use and special occasions.


Photo: Patrik Hänggi

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