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VIDEO - Werther from Vienna, March 13


The full video recording of Werther in Vienna (Angela Gheorghiu/Jean-Francois Borras/Ludovic Tezier, the performances broadcast on March 13) showed up on YT. 
Hurry up, it might disappear any time!

Bid to help!


In order to support this noble cause, Angela donated two items (the brooch worn at her international debut as Charlotte in Werther at the Vienna State Opera and signed CD) for the benefit of children and adults with incurable illnesses cared for by HOSPICE Casa Sperantei. The  online Benefit Auction for Hospice Casa Sperantei ends in about 4 days. Want to help? Place the bid!
The auction starts at 100 euro, items can be shipped worldwide.


"The auction is about investing in things you love and there's nothing we love more than our family and friends. Today we urge you to invest in people you don't know, but people no less loved and equally cherished. All the proceeds from the charity lots will support the opening of the new bed unit in the Bucharest HOSPICE Centre so that the hospice patients can receive care and relief alongside their dear ones."


Reminder! WERTHER, live video webcast from Vienna, March 13


If you can't be in Vienna today, there's good news! The State Opera will broadcast live the production of Werther, starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jean-Francois Borras and Ludovic Tezier.

The ticket to access the live broadcast is 14 euro and should be purchased online. More details here.

PHOTOS - My Werther in Vienna, March 9


WERTHER
Jules Massenet

Frédéric Chaslin | Conductor
Andrei Serban | Direction

Angela Gheorghiu | Charlotte
Jean-Francois Borras | Werther
Ludovic Tézier | Albert
Alfred Šramek | Le Bailli
Daniela Fally | Sophie
Benedikt Kobel | Schmidt
Hans Peter Kammerer | Johann

Angela Gheorghiu


Angela Gheorghiu and Jean-Francois Borras

Angela Gheorghiu, Jean-Francois Borras, Frédéric Chaslin, Daniela Fally and Ludovic Tezier

VIDEO - concert in Baden Baden broadcast on Arte TV


Broadcasted a few days ago on Arte tv, the concert from the Baden Baden Festspielhaus on December 31, 2014, was spotted on YouTube. Hurry up and watch it, it might disappear soon.

Aria selection for this broadcast:
*Ritorna vincitor (Aida)
*Tu che le vanita (Don Carlo)
*Song to the Moon (Rusalka)
*Deschide, deschide fereastra
*O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
*Granada


Anniversary box, available for purchase at Arcadia Opera Shop in Vienna


The Warner Classics Autograph Anniversary box (8 CDs plus 1 DVD) is available for buying at the Arcadia Opera Shop, located at the State Opera House in Vienna.
Considering that the release date is April 6, the nice surprise of being able to buy it one month in advance may be related to Angela's presence in Vienna. Maybe an event (aka signing session) will be organized in the near future? We'll see.

If you're in Vienna, go buy the box. It's worth millions!

Werther in Vienna, change of tenor


The Vienna State Opera announced Jean-Francois Borras as the new tenor for all three Werther performances (March 5, 9, 13), replacing Ramon Vargas. 

Also we now have the full cast:

Angela Gheorghiu | Charlotte
Jean-Francois Borras | Werther
Ludovic Tézier | Albert
Alfred Šramek | Le Bailli
Daniela Fally | Sophie
Benedikt Kobel | Schmidt
Hans Peter Kammerer | Johann

More details on the website of the Vienna State Opera.

Program for the concert in Geneve, May 13


Grand Theatre de Geneve
May 13

Angela Gheorghiu
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Tiberiu Soare, conductor

Program (as posted on the website of the GTG)

Almirena : « Lascia ch’io pianga » (Rinaldo de Haendel, 1711)
Orfeo : « Che faro senza Euridice » (Orfeo ed Euridice de Gluck, 1762)
L'Ensoleillad : « Vive amour qui rêve, embrasse et fuit » (Chérubin de Massenet, 1905)
Nedda : « Stridono lassù » (I Pagliacci de Leoncavallo, 1892)
Manon Lescaut : « Adieu, notre petite table » (Manon de Massenet, 1884)
Liù : « Tu che di gel sei cinta » (Turandot de Puccini, 1926)
Carmen : Habanera (Carmen de Bizet, 1874)
Wally : « Ebben? Ne andrò lontana » (La Wally de Catalani, 1892)

Full track list and audio preview of the upcoming Anniversary box


Curious? Here it is. The complete track list and audio sample of every CD in the 25th Anniversary Box (8 cds + 1 DVD) is available on Warner Classics website.

The collection was curated by Angela Gheorghiu and features Italian music from Baroque to belcanto, French and Romanian songs, and an exclusive interview with the singer by musical commentator Jon Tolansky.

The box is listed on Amazon.co.uk but can't be pre ordered yet. Stay tuned!

ARTE to broadcast the Baden Baden concert, March 8


ARTE TV will broadcast excerpts (43 minutes) from Angela's concert at the Baden Baden Festpielhaus on December 31, 2014,  on March 8 starting 6:30pm (GMT+1). The Deutschen Radio Philharmonie is conducted by Tiberiu Soare.

More details on ArteTV website

Below there's a 2 minute sneak peek from Song to the Moon. Hope to see it someday. ARTE has online streaming, but it's not available here in Romania.

Enjoy!


Anniversay box to be released by Warner Classics, April 6


Warner Classics this month launches its Autograph Series: biographical overviews of acclaimed artists’ careers (Angela Gheorghiu, Jose van Dam and Thomas Hampson) in themed compilations, created in close collaboration with the artists themselves, and featuring exclusive new recordings of them discussing their lives in music.

The 8 CD+DVD box marks Angela Gheorghiu's 25th anniversary of the stage debut. It contains previously released songs grouped in themes, ‘Femmes Fatales’ (Carmen, Manon, Dalilah) being one of them. 

The box features an 80-minute Interview Portrait bonus CD in which the she recalls her life and career and discusses many of the operatic roles and concert melodies, lieder and arias included in the collections. The conversation has been recorded exclusively for the new Warner Classics Autograph Series with opera specialist Jon Tolansky. Furthermore, the Angela Gheorghiu box includes a DVD with performance extracts and a never-before-released interview with film and opera director Franco Zeffirelli.

On sale starting April 6


Database and schedule sections updated


Announcing the sections updates. Left behind for a while, now back on track.

*The schedule - with all the performances confirmed for 2014

*The performances database, with 2014 added. This is a work in progress, for the past five years I've been trying to gather here all the performances Angela ever performed in. I guess there are still some missing, not all the opera houses have archives. Contributions are encouraged.

*The press (aka The voice of the audience) - with most of the articles related to performances

All three sections are part on the menu on the home page of the blog. Check them out, buy opera tickets, flight tickets and go listen to Angela!