Angela, Bryn, Waldbuhne - Italian Night
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Directed for Video: Brian Large
The previous release was in 2002 under TDK UK ltd. It's the same one but with a different cover, as you can see. The first one was an "all regions" DVD and the new one is "Region 1 - USA and Canada" DVD.
DVD features Claudio Abbado conducting Berliner Philharmoniker and soloists Angela Gheorghiu, Sergei Larin and Bryn Terfel at Waldbuhne in Berlin. The concert program includes, among others:
- Verdi's overture and chorus of Hebrew slaves from Nabucco
- Bellini's Eccomi in lieta vesta from I Capuleti e I Montecchi
- Verdi's E lui... O mio Rodrigo from Don Carlo and Vedi
Le fosche notturne from Il Trovatore
Gia nella Notte Densa from Otello
- Rossini's overture from Gugliermo Tell
- Overture Il Barbiere di Siviglia
- Berliner Luft by Paul Lincke
Duet Desdemona/Otello "Già nella notte densa"
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi - with Sergei Larin
Program for Singapore and change of conductor
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Paolo Omi
Soprano ANGELA GHEORGHIU & Tenor MARIUS MANEA
SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER • 7.30pm
Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes with 20 minute interval
Verdi - La Traviata “Parigi O Cara”
Catalani - La Walli “Ebben”
Puccini - La Boheme “Che Gelida Manina”
Donizetti - L’Elisir D’Amore “Caro Elisir”
Mascagni - L’Amico Fritz “Suzel Bon Di”
Verdi - Luisa Miller “Quando Le Sere Al Placido”
Puccini - Madame Butterfly “ Un Bel Di Vedremo”
Puccini - La Boheme “O Soave Fanciulla”
Tickets still available here. And there are some special VIP Hospitality Tent Passes for sale too.
The change of conductor to Maestro Paolo Omi. Maestro van Zweden has to return to Europe, and Maestro Omi is a very experienced opera conductor who has worked with Ms Gheorghiu on many occasions, and the organizers are thrilled that Maestro Omi was available and willing to come to Singapore.
London - POSTPONED
Videos from the concert in Bucharest
Un Bel Di - Madama Butterfly - Puccini
Brindisi - La Traviata - Verdi
Non ti scordar di me
Interview before the concert in Bucharest
In exclusivity for Radio Romania Muzical, this is an interview taken after the general rehearsal, one day before the concert.
Thank you and we’re honored that you accepted to give this interview for Radio Romania Muzica and for the Romanian public who’s waiting for this concert with great enthusiasm. What is the program and what can you tell us about your colleagues?
You have a very successful career, being admired by the public around the world. What does it mean to be a lyrical artist in the 21st century?
I wish them luck starting from school, from the teachers, those who have trust in them. Since I was 17 I started to appear on TV, radio, I did a lot of recordings, took part in many shows that proved to be useful. Music teachers at high school and later on at the Conservatory became my friends and most of them gave me private lessons without taking money. They just wanted to know I’m well prepared and to encourage me. I recall many people that worked in radio and TV: Iosif Sava, Luminita Constantinescu, people that did extraordinary shows.
You have a very broad repertoire, for tomorrow night too. Where are you heading to, speaking of the repertoire?
It’s not heading anywhere. I never “behaved” with my repertoire but I’ve always been very careful. I don’t do the same operas on stage and on recordings, I don’t sing too much, I chose the theatres I sing in, the productions, the partners. If I have to put in balance how many times I said “yes” and “no”, I think I used “no” more often. Even if I lean towards mezzo parts I think it’s more about the “color”, the character than the volume.
During your career you’ve been always surrounded by important people, great conductors, singers, directors…
Yes, I think I met the best. In 20 years of career I don’t think there’s somebody from opera, film, theatre I haven’t met because the faith led us on the same path. They came to my shows or I went to see them in theatres. I remember I met Jeremy Irons in New York not long time ago. Some months before I met Judi Dench, a great British actress, a good friend of mine. There are people that give me energy because I love theatre and I want to bring something from it in opera too.
You’re a true diva, which makes us think of performace. How do you see the evolution of this word in the 20th century?
It’s not what it used to be. It was first used for opera singers, some centuries ago. Starting 100 years or 50 years ago people started using it for pop singers, in fashion, in sports. First it designated a person that had an angelic voice, that reminded of “divine”. This is where the term is coming from, right? Later on it was used for men and women who had the ability of delivering positive emotions to the people that admire them, that dream to get closer to them.
Muzica - "the hymn of my life"
All the photos - HERE
This was a concert that came unexpectedly. I had a hint but it was confirmed only about 3 weeks ago. It was an open air concert organized during "The Days of Bucharest"
"Whatever I am doing, people are looking at me – but they don't know why!"
'My husband is jealous of my new leading man'
She hasn't yet decided which arias she will sing in the Southbank recital which is the pretext for this interview (in the event, it's to be a selection of arias by Verdi, Massenet, Gounod, Mascagni and Puccini). But she's fired up by the Tosca which Covent Garden created as a vehicle for her, and which, as we speak, has just had its first revival. (Indeed, Gheorghiu will return in La Traviata next July at the Royal Opera House.) She wishes the audience could have seen up close the murderous electricity between her and Bryn Terfel: "I just trusted my instinct, as I always have. In 20 years I have never made one mistake in following my instinct." Forty-year-old memories of Maria Callas in the role have been erased: "Now everybody accepts me as Tosca."
And the concert was...
Bavrikha Luxury Village - VIDEO!
O soave fanciulla from La Boheme by Puccini - Angela Gheorghiu & Marius Manea
Duet L'amico Fritz by Mascagni - Angela Gheorghiu & Marius Manea
Bridisi from La Traviata by Verdi - Angela Gheorghiu & Marius Manea
Un bel di from Madama Butterfly by Puccini
London, October 2nd
Giuseppe Verdi: Parigi o cara (La Traviata)
Jules Massenet: Pleurez, pleurez mes yeux (Le Cid)
Charles Gounod: Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (Faust)
Charles Gounod: Va! Je t'ai pardonne (Romeo et Juliette)
Francesco Cilea: Lamento di Federico (L'Arlesiana)
Giuseppe Verdi: Pace, Pace mio Dio (La Forza del destino)
Giacomo Puccini: O soave fanciulla (La Boheme)
*plus orchestral works to be announced
Philharmonia - Orchestra
Ion Marin - Conductor
Angela Gheorghiu - Soprano
James Valenti - Tenor
You can still buy tickets, hurry up!
Program for the concert in Bucharest!
1. Entre’Act / Carmen de Bizet - Orchestra
2. Habanera / Carmen de Bizet – Angela Gheorghiu
3. Nessun Dorma / Turandot by Giacomo Puccini – Vlad Mirita
4. Un bel di / Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini – Angela Gheorghiu
5. O fortuna / Carmina Burana by Carl Orff– Orchestra/Chorus
6. O mio babbino caro / La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini – Angela Gheorghiu
7. O suave fanciulla / La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini - Angela Gheorghiu & Vlad Mirita
8. Die Fledermaus: Uvertura / Johann Strauss – Orchestra
9. Santa Lucia by Teodoro Cottrau – Vlad Mirita
10. Le filles de Cadix by Leo Delibes – Angela Gheorghiu
11. Mamma by Cesare Andrea Bixio – Vlad Mirita
12. Romanian Rhapsody by George Enescu –Orchestra
13. Muzica / Valurile Dunarii by George Grigoriu - Angela Gheorghiu
14. Te Iubesc / Lasati-ma sa cant by Gherase Dendrino – Angela Gheorghiu & Vlad Mirita
Moscow x 2
I just found that Angela Gheorghiu performed twice in Moscow. The concert announced on the official site and another one, one day before, on September 12th.
It was an anniversary concert for Mr Vladimir Spivakov. - the 65th jubilee concert, that took place on September 12th, in Svetlanov Hall, at Moscow International Performing Arts Center. The program featured symphonic and opera masterpieces of the XVIII – XX centuries performed by outstanding artists: pianists Denis Matsuev, Helene Mercier, Louis Lortie, vocalists Hibla Gerzmava and Angela Gheorghiu.
Mr Spivakov is a leading Russian conductor and violinist best known for his work with the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra.
At the age of 13, Spivakov was awarded the first prize at the major conductor contest in Moscow. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Yuri Yankelevich and debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1979. The same year he established the Moscow Virtuosi chamber orchestra. In 1984, Leonard Bernstein presented his conductor's baton to Spivakov. In 1989 he emigrated to Spain. Spivakov was named the People's Artist of the USSR in 1991. Three years later, he established the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation to help Russian orphans. In 2000 he was awarded the Légion d'honneur for his work as an artistic director of the Colmar International Festival, for which he has worked since 1989.
Spivakov is also considered one of the foremost violinists of his generation, having studied with Yuri Yankelevich at the Moscow Conservatory. He was a prizewinner at several competitions in Moscow, Paris, Genoa, and Montreal.
He currently serves as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the National Philharmonic of Russia.
As for the moment there's no information on the internet regarding the concert on September 13th. I only found one picture. I guess it was taken by Mr Anatoly Korshunov as I found it on his blog.
Bucharest concert... soon
For those who won't be in Bucharest, a short introduction about the place where the concert takes place. It's called Constitution Square and it's on one side of the Palace of Parliament..
The stage is placed where the cars are. And the artists face the Palace of Parliament. It always looks like this by night.
The Palace of the Romanian Parliament it's a "giant" built during the "golden age" of the dictatorial regime and born in the mind of a man for whom the notion of "reasonable size" did not exist.
Still, there is a "first place " no other building in the whole world could compete for, namely that of the most disputed one, as no other construction has, until nowadays, been the target of such a great number of epithets, varying from "genius" to "monstruos".
Built and rebuilt overnight, the haughty "Republic House" had swallowed tens of billions of lei and a huge volume of work before the Revolution.
The construction was started and raised while many Romanians experienced a period of privations. Probably that is the reason why, at the very beginning the building was the object of their hate.
After December 1989, the building which may easily be spotted wherever you are in Bucharest, was considered to be hideous and become subject to the most original ideas. Some, out of the revolutionary excitement, agreed that it should be dynamited, as it stood for the symbol of communism. Others agreed that it could accomodate a museum of communism. Realizing its enormous value, in fact a Romanian inheritance in danger of being destroyed and robbed, people began to view the building with less hostility and named it the "People's House".
Consequently, the builders resumed their work and, as the works were carried on, it was decided that the construction should be house the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of Romania, and that it should change its name to the "Palace of Parliament" - a symbol of democracy.
In May 1994, the International Conference Centre was set up according to a decision of the Chamber of Deputies; the meetings of the Crans Montana Forum were held within its halls. The Palace of Parliament is also open to be visited by groups of tourists, everyday.
The construction, started in July 1984, has 6 registers and 21 bodies. The pompous halls and galleries are generously decorated with monumental sculptures, golden plaster, laced ceilings, brocharts, tapestries and heavy carpets, which harmoniously overwhelm the visitors.
The Marble from Ruschita sends its reflections from the floors and columns to the walls and ceilings. The oak, mahogony and beck wood welcome the visitors with the warmth of their refined sculptures that may be equaled only by the plaster work or the crystals and the bross of the chandeliers.
Anyone visiting the Palace of Parliament, designed and built at great cost, effort and sacrifice by Romanian specialists and the whole of Romanian industry, comes to realize that this is not o palace from Aladdin's stories, but a real one, displaying the true wealth of Romania: stone, marble and wood from the Romanian mountains and forests.
So far, only the date (19.09)/time (9pm local time)/location (Constitution Square)/participants (Angela Gheorghiu, Vlad Mirita, were announced. No word about the program.
Roberto Alagna keeps Sicilien-ing
Le chanteur/groupe héros de votre enfance ?
Les Beatles. C'est, pour moi, un groupe de légende
Votre album culte de chevet ?
L'intégrale des enregistrements d'Enrico Caruso, le plus grand ténor italien de tous les temps.
Votre dernier « coup de cœur musical » ?
Le prochain album de Biréli Lagrène qui n'est pas encore sorti.
L'événement musical que vous retenez ?
Johnny Hallyday au Stade de France
Une anecdote, un souvenir heureux de scène ?
La rencontre avec ma femme sur scène. C'est une chanteuse d'opéra.
On s'est pris par la main et nous ne nous sommes plus quittés.
Votre pire souvenir ?
Quand je me suis rompu deux ligaments à la cheville en direct à Orange en France et j'ai continué à chanter jusqu'au bout.
L'artiste/groupe que vous ne pourriez pas écouter plus d'une fois ?
Moi-même et mon premier disque sorti chez Barclay.
Si vous deviez chanter en duo, qui serait l'heureux(se) élu(e) ?
Elvis Presley, cela aurait été génial
J'ai connu Frank Sinatra malheureusement cela ne s'est pas fait.
Votre Playlist du moment ?
Les nouvelles compositions mélodiques de mes frères au piano.
Si Maritau Rosa
E vui Durmiti Ancora
Parla più Piano
There are also notes about a future tour, in April and May 2010, in France:
Du 17-04-10 au 18-04-10 - Chambéry
Du 20-04-10 au 21-04-10 - Paris
Du 22-04-10 au 23-04-10 - Lyon
Du 24-04-10 au 25-04-10 - Bordeaux
Du 27-04-10 au 28-04-10 - Dijon
Du 29-04-10 au 30-04-10 - Marseilles
Du 01-05-10 au 02-05-10 - Toulouse
Du 04-05-10 au 05-05-10 - Lille
Du 06-05-10 au 07-05-10 - Metz
Du 08-05-10 au 09-05-10 - Strasbourg
Du 10-05-10 au 11-05-10 - Nice
Du 12-05-10 au 13-05-10 - Rouen
And Roberto's website announce the release of a new double CD, "Le Jongleur de Notre Dame" by Jules Massenet, on August 24th. As well as his next appearances: Carmen at Royal Opera House London (October 3rd to 24th), Carmen at Metropolitan Opera New York (starting December 31st) and Cyrano de Bergerac at Teatro della Maestranza Sevilla (November 9th to 18th)
On a beautiful Saturday morning...
Live in Turku with Placido Domingo - L'elisir D'amore - 1992
Live in Bucharest with Placido Domingo - La Boheme - 1994
Live in Prague with Placido Domingo - Traviata - 1995
L'amico Fritz - release dates and track list
New CD Releases - next season
This is the excerpt on his page at http://www.imgartists.com/
Worldwide Exclusive Agreement With IMG Artists
Senior Vice President J.F. Mastroianni will serve as Ms. Gheorghiu's general manager. He notes, "We are excited that Angela Gheorghiu has chosen IMG Artists as her exclusive general management. Angela is a unique artist who will finally have the benefit of a team of top international professionals dedicated to realizing the full potential of her multi-faceted talents as well as coordinating all aspects of her live performances, media opportunities, sponsorship and corporate activities. We are thrilled to have won Angela's confidence and to act in this strategic role in her career."
Some other wordly famous artists signed with IMG Artist:
On a very special day...
A "Happy Birthday" song would be in order. LA MULTI ANI!
A new concert confirmed for Tel Aviv
Roberto in Classic FM Magazine
And the confirmation arrived
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It's not much. Just a date, September 19th 2009. "Days of Bucharest" it's an event organized by the Town Hall to celebrate a certain number of years from the date the name of the city appears in old papers.
Angela in Top 5 with Pappano
And if we're talking about Messa di Requiem by Verdi, Angela recorded this piece in 2001 with Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Claudio Abbado under EMI. Also with Daniela Barcellona, Roberto Alagna and Julian Konstantinov.
On May 21st the DVD was also released.