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My Martha

DG will release Piano Duos, a recital that Martha Argerich and Daniel Barenboim performed in Berlin on April 19, 2014. Two best friends playing together, sharing the same feelings. See how she touches her hand before beginning? So sweet!

I was there, crying, smiling, feeling their music. I'm so happy that the performance was recorded. I've never heard the two piano version of the Rite of Sprig. It was the first time Martha played it. The energy was amazing!


Have a lovely weekend!

Marius Vlad Budoiu will join Angela Gheorghiu for the concert at TCE Paris


Marius Vlad Budoiu, a very well known tenor both in Romania and abroad, will join Angela Gheorghiu for the concert at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on November 9. If I'm not mistaken, it's the first time they sing together. 
He has a beautiful Wagnerian voice and I've seen him several times performing Lohengrin here, in Bucharest. Happy to see that In Fernem Land is included in the program. Speaking of it, I see the duet from L'Amico Fritz, the duet from Otello and one more not very often included in concert programs, the duet from Adriana Lecouvreur. This is one not to be missed concert! 

This is the program, as announced by Le Grandes Voix

Wagner - Lohengrin, Prélude de l’Acte III (Orchestre)
Puccini - Turandot, « Tu che di gel sei cinta » (A. Gheorghiu)
Mascagni - L’Amico Fritz, « Suzel buon dì » (A. Gheorghiu – M. V. Budoiu)
Leoncavallo - Pagliacci, « Vesti la giubba » (M. V. Budoiu)
Bizet - Carmen, Entr’acte de l’Acte III (Orchestre)
Verdi
Otello, « Ave Maria » (A. Gheorghiu)
Otello, « Dio, mi potevi scagliar » (M. V. Budoiu)
Otello, « Già nella notte densa » (A. Gheorghiu – M. V. Budoiu)
Dvorák - Danse slave n°1 en do majeur (Orchestre)
Cilea
Adriana Lecouvreur, « Ecco, respiro appena » (A. Gheorghiu)
Adriana Lecouvreur, « Ma dunque e vero » (A. Gheorghiu – M. V. Budoiu)
Wagner - Lohengrin, « In fernem Land » (M. V. Budoiu)
Tchaïkovski - Eugène Onéguine, Polonaise (Orchestre)
Air à confirmer (A. Gheorghiu)
Lehar - Das Land des Lachelns, « Dein ist mein ganzes Herz » (M. V. Budoiu)
Puccini - La Bohème, O soave fanciulla (A. Gheorghiu – M. V. Budoiu)

The first La Boheme, 1990


The very first one, June 20, 1990 - the Romanian Opera in Cluj-Napoca. And here's the proof, the poster from the graduation of the Opera class of the Music Academy in Bucharest. Angela Gheorghiu's first Mimi in La Boheme.

Beautiful memories! 

Photo @Nicu Cherciu

Doctor Honoris Causa. Congratulations!


Earlier today Angela Gheorghiu was presented the Doctor Honoris Causa academic title at the "Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy in Cluj Napoca, Romania. 

Congratulations!

Some photos from the event posted here. All photos ©Nicu Cherciu











Something I like. GK


GK. You got used to JK, right? No, it's not a typo. I got it right. Couldn't help not to be impressed by this voice and his attitude. He's so into the character.

Dear all, this is Gregory Kunde and his Di quella pira, Trovatore, Teatro la Fenice, Venice, two days ago, on September 24. At 60 he can do what many (many, many, many) other younger tenors can't. Have never seen him performing live, but I have already made plans. Soon, very soon. 


Have a sunny weekend!

Interview for Radio Musiq 3 Belgique


Radio broadcast from September 23 on Radio Musiq3 Belgique. Interview and lots of arias, 25 minute long, en francais, que je ne parle pas :)

Click HERE to listen to it. After opening the link, click on the "podcast" icon (the second from the right) to download the podcast in your iTunes.

Enjoy!

VIDEO, concert in Gent, September 23

Spotted on YouTube, a few videos from the concert in Gent on September 23

Habanera


Pleurez mes yeux


Tu che di gel sei cinta


O mio babbino caro

PHOTOS, concert in Gent/Belgium, September 23


Capitole Gent, September 23, 20:30
Angela Gheorghiu
The Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Ivan Repušić

What I heard...

G. Verdi, Ouverture uit Nabucco
G. Puccini, Donde lieta uscita uit La Bohème
G. Puccini, Intermezzo uit Manon Lescaut (orkest)
R. Leoncavallo, Stridono Lassù uit I Pagliacci
G. Bizet, Farandole uit L’Arlésienne Suite (orkest)
G. Bizet, Habanera uit Carmen

Pauze

G. Verdi, Ouverture uit La Forza del Destino (orkest)
J. Massenet, Pleurez mes yeux uit Le Cid
G. Verdi, Ballabile uit Otello (orkest)
G. Puccini, Tu che di gel sei cinta uit Turandot
P. Mascagni, Intermezzo uit Cavalleria Rusticana (orkest)
A. Catalani, Ebben ne andrò lontana uit La Wally

Encores
O, mio babbino caro
Deschide, deschide fereastra - Romanian song
Granada

And what I saw...

Angela Gheorghiu





Angela Gheorghiu and Ivan Repusic

















Program for the concert in Gent, September 23

Capitole Gent, September 23, 20:30
Angela Gheorghiu
The Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Ivan Repušić


G. Verdi, Ouverture uit Nabucco
G. Puccini, Donde lieta uscita uit La Bohème
G. Puccini, Intermezzo uit Manon Lescaut (orkest)
R. Leoncavallo, Stridono Lassù uit I Pagliacci
G. Bizet, Farandole uit L’Arlésienne Suite (orkest)
G. Bizet, Habanera uit Carmen

Pauze

G. Verdi, Ouverture uit La Forza del Destino (orkest)
J. Massenet, Pleurez mes yeux uit Le Cid
G. Verdi, Ballabile uit Otello (orkest)
G. Puccini, Tu che di gel sei cinta uit Turandot
P. Mascagni, Intermezzo uit Cavalleria Rusticana (orkest)
A. Catalani, Ebben ne andrò lontana uit La Wally

Click here to download the pdf program

Three Classic Albums, limited edition box


Good news from Decca, they prepared a limited edition Angela Gheorghiu Three Classic Albums. It contains My World, Arias and Verdi Heroines CDs. All must haves in our collections. The box was released in Europe on August 18. It's available for order on Amazon.co.uk

In the United States, the box will be released on September 16 and it's already available for preorder on Amazon.com



Recital at the Shanghai International Arts Festival, October 30


Anglea will perform at the 16th edition of the Shanghai International Arts Festival on October 30, 2014. She will be accompanied by Romanian pianist Alexandru Petrovici.

Repertoire for this concert includes classic tracks of Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff

First AG autograph I've ever got


My treasure box contains the opera&concert tickets from all the performances I have attended for the past seven years. And also many programs, most of them signed by the artists.  To my great joy, I found this one. It dates back to October 2008, it was Faust at the Vienna State Opera. My first eye to eye meeting with Angela. Needless to say I couldn't say a word. Hope at least I smiled…I don't remember. It was a thunder strike. You all know the feeling :)

So here it is. The very first autograph Angela signed for me. My preeeeciouuuussssss! 


Have a sunny Saturday!