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Inva Mula

Inva Mula
Photograph of Inva Mula
Inva Mula in the role of Marguerite from Faust, c. 2008
Background information
Also known as Inva Mula Tchako
Born (1963-06-27) June 27, 1963
Tirana, Albania
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Operatic lyric soprano
Years active 1970s–present
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Inva Mula (born June 27, 1963) is an Albanian opera lyric soprano. She began her soprano career at a very early age. Her father (Avni Mula) and mother (Nina Mula) were also opera singers.

She is also widely known in popular culture for portraying the voice of the Diva Plavalaguna in the film The Fifth Element.


  • Life and career 1
    • In film 1.1
  • See also 2
  • Sources 3
  • External links 4

Life and career

Mula was born in Bucharest. In 1992 she won the Butterfly Competition in Barcelona. She received an award at Plácido Domingo's first Operalia International Opera Competition contest in Paris, 1993. A CD of the event was released.

She later performed in various concerts with the famous tenor at the Toulouse and Paris. Later on, she performed Bizet's Ivan IV concert version, which had its recital debut at Salle Pleyel in Paris, and a live recording was released as CD. In 2001, she was busy in Italy, performing Verdi's Falstaff at the Teatro alla Scala and Rigoletto at the Verona Arena, both of which were taped for TV then released on DVD.

Mula has sung in Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, and Manon, among others. She is also a renowned Violetta in La Traviata, and has sung the role in many cities around the world, including Tokyo, Bilbao, Orange, Trieste, and Toronto. In 2007, she performed Adina in L'elisir d'amore at Toulouse, and in 2009 she sang the title role in Gounod's Mireille with the Paris Opera at the Palais Garnier, a performance that was issued on DVD.

She is often accompanied by the french-albanian pianist Genc Tukiçi.[1]

Her ex-husband Pirro Çako is a well-known singer and composer from Albania, so she used the spelling Tchako rather than Çako. However, after mid-1990 she began using the name Inva Mula, and never returned to the old one. They are now divorced. Her current husband is Hetem Ramadani, a well known businessman from Kosovo.[2]

In film

Mula is perhaps best known to Western filmgoers as the voice of the Diva Plavalaguna (played on-screen by Maïwenn Le Besco) in the 1997 film The Fifth Element, where she is credited using her (then) married name as Inva Mulla Tchako. She performed the aria "Oh, giusto cielo!...Il dolce suono" (the mad scene) from Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and "The Diva Dance".

Director Luc Besson adored Maria Callas, but the sound quality of her 1956 EMI Classics recording of "Lucia" wasn't clear enough to use on a film soundtrack, so Callas's agent Michel Glotz, who had produced this recording, introduced him to Mula.

See also


  1. ^ 88 notes pour piano solo, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Neva Ed., 2015, p. 180. ISBN 978 2 3505 5192 0
  2. ^ "Rotovnik a new".  
  • Auzias, Dominique, and Labordette, Jean-Paul (eds.), "Enfants du pays", Albanie, Petit Futé, 2009, p. 80. ISBN 2-7469-2533-8

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