Born Cristina-Antoaneta Păsăroiu in
Bucharest, she began voice training at age twelve. She continued her studies at the
Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in
Milan and at the
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
She performed in concert in the
Rosenblatt Recitals in London, with the ensemble Archi della Scala in Milan, at the
Teatro Reggio in Parma, and the festival Klangvokal Dortmund.
She made her debut at the
Teatro Comunale di Bologna as Magda in Puccini's
 She appeared as Mimi in his
La Bohème and as Micaëla in Bizet's
Carmen, conducted by
Michele Mariotti, at age 21.
Among her roles are also Musetta in La Bohème, Desdemona in Verdi's
Otello, Fiordiligi in Mozart's
Così fan tutte, Sylva in Emmerich Kálmán's
Die Csárdásfürstin and the title role of Cilea's
Adriana Lecouvreur. She is focused on French repertoire, such as Léïla in Bizet's
Les pêcheurs de perles, Antonia in Offenbach's
Les Contes d'Hoffmann, the title role of Massenet's
Manon, Marguerite in Gounod's
Faust and Juliette in his
Roméo et Juliette. She appeared in the title role of Fromental Halévy's
La Juive alongside
Neil Shicoff, conducted by
Frédéric Chaslin, at the
Opéra de Nice. She also performed at the
Frankfurt Opera, the
Theater St. Gallen, the
Barcelona, at the Vlaamse Oper in
Ghent, and at the Caracalla Festival of the
In 2016, she appeared as Valentine in Meyerbeer's
Les Huguenots, as Micaëla in her debut at the
Vienna State Opera, and as Violetta in Verdi's
La Traviata at the
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
 She appeared there as Manon in 2017, singing and acting although she had broken her foot in a rehearsal
 and had to wear boots even in bed with her lover.