Romanian Opera Star Angela Gheorghiu To Perform In Bucharest On Sept 19
World renowned Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu will return to Romania for an open-air performance in Bucharest’s Constitution Square, on September 19, alongside young Romanian tenor Vlad Mirita, under the guidance of the Philharmonic Orchestra, according to the artist’s official website.
Gheorghiu and Mirita also performed together on August 9 at the Tuscan Sun Festival, where they sang famous arias by Giacomo Puccini, Alfredo Catalani and Gaetano Donizetti.
In June this year, Gheorghiu also performed at the Bucharest National Theater, alongside pianist Dan Grigore.
Born in Romania, Gheorghiu is at home on all the great opera and recital stages of the world, and has been hailed as one of opera’s greatest singing actresses in such operas as Verdi’s La traviata – “Her lady of the camellias is a worthy successor to Garbo and Callas” (New York Magazine), and Puccini’s Tosca – “I don’t think I have heard Tosca’s love music more beautifully sung in the theatre.”
Angela Gheorghiu made her international debut in 1992 at Covent Garden with La Bohème. That same year, she made her debut in the Metropolitan Opera New York and in the Staatsoper Vienna. It was in the Royal Opera House Covent Garden that she first sang her much acclaimed La Traviata in 1994, when the BBC cleared out its schedules to broadcast the opera.
Her first exclusive recording contract was signed 1995 with Decca for whom she made several recordings and videos and dvds: La Traviata with the Orchestra of the ROH Covent Garden, L’elisir d’amore with the Orchestra of Opera de Lyon, La Boheme with the Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Scala di Milano and the recitals: Arias with the Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino, Verdi Heroines with the Orchestra Filarmonica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano, My World and Mysterium with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Her next exclusive recording agreement was signed in 1998 with EMI Classics. She first recorded an album of duets and arias with Roberto Alagna and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, then she recorded Puccinis’s rarely recorded opera La Rondine with the London Symphony Orchestra. Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette was recorded with the Orchestra Capitol du Toulouse and for the second album of duets with Roberto Alagna, Verdi per due, she collaborated with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claudio Abbado.
All her CDs have received widespread critical acclaim and have been awarded many prizes such as Gramophone Awards, Diapason d’Or Awards, Choc du Monde de la Musique in France, Cecilia Prize in Belgium, Deutsche Schallplattenkritik-Preis in Germany, the Echo Award, the Italian Musica e dischi Foreign Lyric Production Award, the USA Critics’ Award etc. At the Classical Brit Award in 2001 she won the title of Female Artist of the Year.
Gheorghiu was honoured with “La Medaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris”, and she was appointed an “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” and a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture and by her native country Romania.
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