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Vissi D'Arte at Kennedy Center

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When I'm away from the internet things happen. The Gala was broadcasted on CBS on December 29th. And it's all uploaded on the internet. For the moment only Vissi D'arte was found. But there was also Habanera. I can't find it so maybe it was skipped from the broadcasting. Thank you all who sent me the link.
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No comments about the video. The tears in Mrs Bumbry's eyes say everything.
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And the first part where Aretha Franklin honors Grace Bumbry. It's really impressive to see how she managed to find her way in opera.


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Reminder - Kennedy Awards on CBS

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The 32rd Kennedy Honors Gala is broadcasted tonight on CBS at 9pm/8pm c. Don't forget to watch! Angela performed to songs, Vissi d'arte and Habanera, honoring Grace Bumbry. If any video becomes available online, please let me know. I still have restricted internet access.
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Thanks a lot and enjoy!
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Entertainment on board – Traviata

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What else to do when flying? Reading a book and listening to some music. Short flights don’t provide entertainment on board. But I know that very well. So I’m .. self provided. Because I’m heading to Paris, I thought of something appropriate. Tosca. Did you know that the length of the opera matches exactly the duration of flight from Bucharest to Paris? From the moment you’re allowed to switch on the electronic devices till the moment you’re kindly requested to switch them off. When Violetta falls in love the sun was up in the sky. When she dies, two hours and 15 minuts later, I landed in Paris on a cold, rainy evening.
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The thing is that I had the libretto with me. I bought it in Vienna, from Arcadia (aka the bookstore of the Opera House). It’s interesting to read while listening. So, with the book in one hand and the Ipod set on Traviata, the first act started. What Traviata, you might ask. It’s a little bit obvious, right?  One with Angela. The Met Production with Jonass Kaufmann as Alfredo and maestro Armiliato conducting. I noticed there were some parts missing (not big, but still missing), such as some lines in Giorgio Germon’s aria in the first part of the second act, just half of Addio del passato and also the words in the end were skipped. After Violetta dies, Alfredo, the doctor, Annina and Giorgio Germont have something to say. “O cielo…Violetta…Oh Dio, soccorasi.. E spenta…Oh mio dolor”. I had another Traviata on the ipod. The 1996 ROH production with Roberto. I checked that one too. Also half of Addio de passato, but they kept the words in the end.
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I don’t know for sure but people who know the score told me that the ROH production with Solti as conductor follows the score from beginning to end. Please correct me if I’m wrong. Who decides what should be skipped? The conductor, the soloists?
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Anyway, it was an enjoyable flight with Violetta/Angela and Alfredo/Jonas as companions.
Why am I writing this? Because there’s nothing else to do in Charles de Gaulle airport at 10pm. Just sitting, having a coffee, daydreaming and waiting for the flight to the “kingdom of far, far away” to be announced.
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As Violetta so full of hopes says… Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo…
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And a picture from up, up, up... 10000 meters. Sunset in France

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"My life is a dream" - interview on Antena 2

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Just a few impressions about this interview. Yes, it was a nice suprise for Christmas. Yes, it's always a pleasure to see Angela on TV. But as it often happened lately, the interviewers are not very well prepared and we hear the same questions again and again. And that ultimate question "where is home for you" that each journalist has the feeling he/she is the first one asking it. Tonight Angela answered this question before being asked, like knowing it will come. Same old stuff. I don't get why the journalists bother so much to dig into the personal life forgetting to ask about the professional one. at some point Angela said "I know what I will sing in 2014". The next question could have been "what?". But no. Mrs Fantanaru simply said "wow". Come on! I understand her emotions as she declared she is a big fan. But people are interested more in the guest, not in her inner feelings.
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There were also a couple of questions that didn't get an answer and for a couple of seconds Angela was speachless. Well, there was an answer, but an avoided one. A story to cover it. You'll read the translation and understand.
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There was one thing unique in this interview. Angela said that the reason she dropped out from Carmen at the Met was Roberto. She wanted to separate their careers and it wouldn't have been fair to ask him to drop out. As far as I know this is the first time she says it publically. There were rumours, but nothing directly from her.
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Don't get me wrong. I'm glad I saw Angela again. She's willing to talk but it's the talent and the experience of the interviewer that turns a regular interview into a brilliant one. Remember the one at Profesionistii in Spring? That interview had a story. Eugenia Voda imagined a script for a movie and no matter where the conversation lead to she kept saying "going back to our movie...". It this way the script had a beginning and an end.
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And the first part of the interview. Not a very good sound, but you'll get the idea.
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On TV for Christmas

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On the second day of Christmas (December 26th) Antena 2, another Romanian TV station, has scheduled the broadcast of a new interview with Angela Gheorghiu at 4:30pm. The name of the program is Dincolo de aparente (Beyond appearances) by Florentina Fantanaru. And it's on again at midnight, in case you missed it first time. The schedule is here. Check back in case something changes.
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This one hour afternoon talk-show lets the viewer discover the person behind the public image. The guests are important people in our (Romanian) cultral/political/social life. They are allowed and encouraged to share their deepest thoughts regarding their lives, careers, media appearances and so on. Usually this talk show has a familiar tone, everybody feels confortable and many interesting things are revealed. We'll see about that.
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Good news. Antena 2 has online live streaming. Even if many of you don't understand Romanian, at least you can see Angela. Bucharest time is GMT+2. For live streaming, click HERE.
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If you're not able to watch the interview on tv or internet, there's also a third option. This program has an ARCHIVE. I don't know how fast the website is updated, but check it out from time to time.
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After the interview I'll try to do what I usually do, but this time it will take me some time. I'll be between some flights and the internet connection is restricted.
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Enjoy! It's a very nice Christmas gift.

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Season greetings

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Merry Christmas everyone!
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Best of 2009 - EMI&Virgin Classics


EMI&Virgin Classics had a great year. There were a lot of extremely valuable recordings from operas to concerts and recitals. The ad above appears on the second cover of Gramophone, the December issue. Their BEST are:
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*Simon Rattle - Brahms - The Symphonies
*Angela Gheoerghiu - Madama Butterfly
*Thomas Ades - The Tempest
*Choir of King's College - England
*Antonio Pappano - Verdi - Messa da Requiem
*Kate Royal - Midsummer Night
*Sarah Chang - Bruch, Brahms - Violin concertos
*Ingrid Fliter - Chopin - Complete waltzes
*Joyce di Donato - Rossini - Colbran, the Muse
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This short videoclip presents the best of the best. See the Madama Butterfly part at minute4:00.
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Martha Argerich at the 2009 Nobel Prize Concert


When something impresses me I tend to share it. This time is Martha Argerich. I might be subjective, but at this moment for me she's the best. I saw a concert live in Bucharest 2 years ago when she came at the George Enescu Festival. And also a recital, with Nelson Freire, during the same festival. She was supposed to be in Bucharest at the Festival this year playing this particular concert, but she cancelled. Sad to say but she often does it. Anyway, she's playing around the world. As I always say when talking about an artist, if you afford it, buy a ticket.
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Stockholm Concert Hall
December 8th 2009
Yuri Temirkanov - conductor
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Martha Argerich - piano
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Dmitri Shostakovich - Festive Overture, op 96
Maurice Ravel - Piano Concerto in G Major
Sergei Prokofiev - Suites 1 and 2 from "Romeo and Juliet", op 64b and 64c
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For the 2009 Nobel Prize Concert she played Ravel's concert. The entire concert was broadcasted live by Medici.tv on December 8th and now it can be watched for free on their website. You'll be asked to register. It's free and after that you can watch the entire program. See HERE. You have to trust me on this. It's worth spending one hour and half listening. And watching. It is very well filmed. The cameras focus on the piano from different angles, on Martha's eyes but also on different soloists in the orchestra. And this perfect filming is possible because there's a person next to the director who has the score in front of him/her and tells the director which instrument plays a few seconds before starting.
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The concert is amazing. Ravel had intended to debut the new concerto with himself at the piano, and in preparation, spent long hours at the piano studying the etudes of Chopin and Liszt. However, health problems led to fatigue and eventually he had to settle with conducting the orchestra at the debut. The world premiere came on January 14, 1932 with Ravel conducting the Lamoureux Orchestra and Marguerite Long (whom he dedicated this concert to) as soloist. The first North American performances were given simultaneously on the evening of April 22, 1932, by both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra at their home concert halls.
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Maurice Ravel said: The G-major Concerto took two years of work, you know. The opening theme came to me on a train between Oxford and London. But the initial idea is nothing. The work of chiseling then began. We’ve gone past the days when the composer was thought of as being struck by inspiration, feverishly scribbling down his thoughts on a scrap of paper. Writing music is seventy-five percent an intellectual activity. And to explain the jazzy influences, she also said Personally I find jazz most interesting: the rhythms, the way the melodies are handled, the melodies themselves. I have heard of George Gershwin's works and I find them intriguing
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In the third movement it doesn't seem possible at this tempo for the piano and orchestra to go together. It's so fast. But they do it. And not only they do it, but the orchestra never covers the sound of the piano. This last part is short (about 3 minutes) but it's like fireworks. Judge for yourselves. Medici.tv has a channel on YouTube. The video is uploded there.
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There is also an interview Martha gave on this occasion. She says that when Charles Dutoit debuted as conductor in Lausanne, she was playing the piano (she was 18 back then) and this was the concert she performed (Ravel's concerto). She also says that she doesn't like the idea of practicing. But once she starts, she likes it. Interesting. The interviewer askes her what she feels when playing the second movement because a lot of people consider it one of the most beautiful pieces of music. Martha replays that it dependes on the moment. There are imagies that comes to her mind so it's different each time she plays it. There is anoher question, about the bracelet she wears. She says it's a gift from a Buddhist Japanese monk and it brings her good luck.
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New clothes for Traviata at La Scala DVD

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Entitled Great moments of the opera, this is a 10 DVD box released on December 4th. 10 operas from different opera houses and from 1978 to 2007. Very intresting covers. No more pictures of the singers. The designers picked up an object/symbol that represents the opera: a knife for Carmen, a broken heart for Werther, Eiffel Tower for La Boheme and so on.
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Among them there's Traviata from La Scala, 2007, with Angela as Violetta and Ramon Vargas as Alfredo. It's the same company (ArtHaus Musik) that released the DVD in 2008.
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The other 9 operas are:
*Carmen - Obraztsova/Domingo - 1978
*Die Fledermaus - Popp/Kunz - 1980
*Die Zauberflote - Rancatrore/Beczala - 2003
*Fidelio - Kaufmann/Nylund - Zurich - 2004
*La Boheme - Freni/Pavarotti - 1989
*Werther - Garanca/Alvarez - 2005
*Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Bartoli/Kuebler - 1988
*Tannhauser - Meier/Kollo - 1995
*Elektra - Marton/Fassbaender - 1989
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The box set can be bought from Amazon.de
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The soprano from the White House - ProTV evening news



It's a short interview for another Romanian TV station, ProTV. It was broadcasted also on Saturday evening.
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The Soprano from the White House

There was a Gala with 300 guest, actors, singers and also politicians. Angela Gheorghiu declared that she was overwhelmed by this high society.
A very important moment for me as artist was gettingon stage in front of them.
Sting was among the important guests.
There was another friend of mine there, Sting. He paid tribute to Bruce Springsteen.
Meryl Streep and Robert de Niro appreciated Angela Gheorghiu very much.
I was extremely impressed by Meryl Streep. She kneeled in front of me. She said she prays to be born again because she wants to be like me. I have to send hugs and greetings to Ilie Nastase from Robert de Niro.
If professionally Angela Gheorghiu does well, she can't say the same about the private life. She denies the rumours that she divorced the tenor Roberto Alagna. But she admites that the situation is not a happy one.
We are two artists who need "the holy peace" as I call it. The family at home should not interfere so we can do what we want, when we want.
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We won't divorce for the moment

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Angela appeared on TV for the evening news at Antena 1, a Romanian TV Station. What she said... see below.

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The Beauty from the Opera

La Boheme, Traviata, La Rondine, Manon, Tosca, Romeo et Juliette performed at the Royal Opera House, Vienna State Opera or Metropolitan Opera have Angela Gheorghiu as main hero. And she is here with us today.
Good evening
Good evening. This was a very fast introduction. Your headlines are always spectacular.
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Have I exagerated?
Not at all. In a 20 year career I met a lot of artists, both from Europe and USA. All these are from United States. The President of the USA honors the artists that reached the highest of their career. I've been living this kind of atmosphere for a long time. People judge what they see in front of the camera. But there are moments equally important that happen behind the cameras.
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Why are you on TV so rarely?
What TV stations?
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The Romanian ones.
I can't answer this question. I think it's a matter of schedule. I have a saying, less often is better. Nobody can ask me if I left or when I left Romania. Because I do what any artist from USA, UK or France does. My job can be done only travelling almost each week.
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Where is home for you?
It's a common question. Home is in Romania because I have many friends here. I find more and more friends also in the venues. You know I'm married to a French with Sicilian origins tenor. So when I'm in Italy or France I'm being asked the same question. I'm at home where I feel good. I'm subjective and extremely patriotic when I'm abroad. There's no concert without a Romanian song.
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Because you mentioned Roberto Alagna, there were a lot of rumours regarding your marriage.
You like to pick up bits of news from here and there.
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The audience likes this.
Especially when it's about me or other artists. We're in very good relations. We have ups and downs. Roberto doesn't want to divorce. I try to understand this.
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Do you want to divorce?
I wanted at some point. Because of our job we don't get to see eachother for long time. During the last few years we parted more and more because of our repertoire. This was one of the main reasons. And there was also jealousy. My Romanian temper made me say "stop". But he's trying to give me the freedom I need in order to feel confortable.
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From what you said the jouralists should understand that you won't divorced anymore?
Yes. For the moment we won't divorce. Peace of mind is very important for me. And he keeps telling me that we should move on to the next level of our relationship.
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Doing research for this interview I found a very interesting title in The Times, from 2006, after your success with Tosca at the Covent Garden. It says "having such a voice she's allowed to be a nightmare", refering to you tempestous character. Is it difficult to work with Angela Gheorghiu?
I would like you to go talk to all of my colleagues, conductors, opera singers, directors and to ask them who Angela Gheorghiu really is and how they work with me. Because I'm from Romania I got a nickname, Draculette. An American composer wrote an opera with this title for me. I have it at home.
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When are you staging it?
When the right time comes.
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Would you like to act in a movie?
I acted in two movies, Tosca and Romeo and Juliette.
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If you were to draw a line, Which was the best moment in your life?
There are so many. But the best one was when I was born. The good fairies came to me. I thank my mom and dad and to God for bringing me to this world.
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Who do you inherit your talent from?
From God, my mother, my father, I don't know.
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Who's singing in the family?
Nobody. I first sung a song by Brahms. My voice was powerful. Long time ago when you were young, Iosif Sava, Luminita Constantinesc and other people from the TV station gave me the opportunity to be on screen. I started when I was 18. I want to tell you that I had a huge success with this dress. Everybody wants to have a dress like this, designed by Catalin Botezatu. Thank you so much. Robert de Niro wanted me to say hello to Ilie Nastase and I already did that. I'm very proud of these moments.
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One last question.What do you wish for Christmas?
Beautiful Christmas carols. I like to sing them.
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Do you sing Romanian carols when you're abroad?
Yes, sure. Last year at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York I performed O ce veste minunata along with Panis Angelicus for an American TV station. I always sing Romanian music.
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Thank you very much and happy holidays.
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A discreet legend - Virginia Zeani


I wrote about this great lady and I'll keep writing when I have the occasion. Jon Tolansky talked to her about her life and musical career and the result was published in the November issue of the British magazine "Opera". The article is online. Go HERE. Then down the page click on the picture of the November issue and then go to page 1321. Enlarge the page to be able to read.
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Mrs Zeani sung 68 roles with some of the most famous tenors of our times: Beniamino Gigli, Tito Gobbi, Mario del Monaco, Carlo Bergonzi, Alfredo Kraus, Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti but her career ended in 1982. She tells the story of her life before, during and after being in the spotlights. How she begun singing at 13, how she first performed Violeta at 22 at Teatro Duse in Bologna (replacing Sutherland). Then in 1952 she successfully replace Maria Callas in I Puritani (Elvira). Later on in 1956 she premiered Dialogues des Carmelites by Pulenc at la Scala singing the part of Blanche. Pulenc himself chose her for this part.
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After leaving the stage she started teaching at the Indiana University. She's still a teacher there.
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Angela admires her a lot. She often talks about her in interviews as you already noticed. There is a mention in this article too. The excerpts are below.
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One of her deep admirers is an artist Zeani herself holds in the highest esteem - Angela Gheorghiu. "I first heard her on recordings in Romania when I was a young girl," says Gheorghiu. "For Electrecord she sand La Traviata and Tosca, and I was amazed at the beauty of her voice, and also how she looked in the photographs. She made a great impact on me. Now, all these years later, we have become so close, we are like mother and daughter. I usually call her "Mamy Virginia" and I adore her. In each detail of our lives we have common experiences and feelings: our childhoods, living in the Communiste state, being married to a singer. We understand each other and speak about all the subjects in this world. In her performances she had the most beautiful and powerful voice, a wonderful technique, a marvellous range of colors, and a very strong force of interpretation. She had an incredibly wide repertoire - virtually all the styles, and important premieres too. And as we all know, she is a perfect teacher with many very successful students who love her. She is a major part of our operatic history".
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And for Zeani, Gheorghiu is one of the most vitally important artists in the continuation of that history. "I first saw Angela Gheorghiu when I watched the film of her La Traviata from Covent Garden in 1994. It was absolutely fantastic - this was very, very special. She is a glorious interpreter of all her roles, a truly great artist with a wonderful technique, and the most beautiful colors. She has an incredible soul and this is in her voice and in her performances. She knows and understands suffering, as I do. I so greately admire her. And now we have a wonderfully special friendship. One day, the day she and Roberto married in New York, she phoned me at Indiana University and asked if they could get to know me. Later, after I moved to Florida, they sent me the most beautiful flowers for my birthday, and then I and Angela developed a relationship of love like mother and daughter. A few years ago she came to visit me here and I was so happy - so happy. She is very important to me.
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It was as Violetta that Gheorghiu famously created a sensation at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 1994. It was as Violetta that Zeani made her acclaimed debut at the same house in 1960, when she stood in for Joan Sutherland. There are quite a number of differences between these two great Romanian artists' portrayals of Violetta, but in common between them - not only as Violettas, but also as singers, artists and people - is a vital quality that Zeani refers to again and again when her students come to her: the "soul". Singing is all soul and technique and sound. It is about having the soul vibrating in the sound and having the technique to control and project it.
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I leave you with Virginia Zeani and Angela.
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La Traviata - act 3 - Addio del passato - Live from MET - 1966


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La Traviata - act 3 - Teneste la promessa and Addio del Passato - ROH - 1994



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Hearing from the Kennedy Center Honorees

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

First Lady Michelle Obama, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert DeNiro, Bruce Springsteen, and President Barack Obama
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The video was posted yesterday on the White House blog. It's a behind the scenes footage. It shows the meeting of the President Obama with the Honorees and also some thoughts about the awards from those who received them.
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Angela, Grace, Matthew, Carol, Jack

Angela and Grace Bumbry
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Linda, this is for you :) And for everybody else, of course. But you asked first.
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The photos got credit. Thank you, Mrs. Bucos!
All the photos belong to the official website.

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Some of the photos I posted yesterday are now on the OFFICIAL WEBSITE. Maybe there are more on the way. There is a nice one in front of the White House. And another one with Bruce Springsteen. But check the website.
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I'm still curious about that Habanera/Vissi d'arte performance. If anybody finds out anything before the show is broadcasted, please let me know.
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Angela and Matthew Broderick
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Angela and Carol Burnett
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Angela and Jack Black
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Angela, Robert, Meryl, Donald, Aretha

Angela Gheorghiu and Meryl Streep
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First pictures from the Kennedy Awards are now public. I was surprised to find all of them in Romanian online newspapers. The source of the photos is not mentioned. But the photos are beautiful. They are accompanied by short articles. Only that the titles are chosen as if the writer hasn't read the article in Washington Times or visit the Kennedy Center website. They miss the main purpose of Angela's presence there. The rest of the text is a short description of the event, more or less well informed. It's almost the same text for all three articles. I put them here for you to see the photos. Some of them are larger than what I posted. Click on the titles to open the articles.
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* Angela sung to Obama - published on cancan.ro
* Angela Gheorghiu, guest at the White House - published on story.ro (click on the pictures)
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Angela and Robert de Niro
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Angela and Donald Sutherland
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Angela and Aretha Franklin
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ROH on tour - Japan 2010

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While patientely waiting for the broadcast of the Kennedy Awards, there are news. See HERE the bigger picture
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Royal Opera House announced the tour in Japan that will take place in September 2010, in Tokyo and Yokohama. The announcement can be found in "About the House", a magazine that is sent to the friends of ROH once in a while. The article has a big title: Gheorghiu and Netrebko lead Royal Opera tour in Japan. Two productions go on tour:
* Richard Eyre's La Traviata - Angela Gheorghiu, James Valenti and Simon Keenlynside
* Laurent Pelly's Manon - Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani
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There'll be a total of eight performaces, all conducted by Antonio Pappano. The article doesn't give precise dates for the operas. But Angela's appearances were posted on her OFFICIAL WEBSITE long time ago:
* 12/09/2010 - Yokohama
* 16/09/2010 - Tokyo
* 19/09/2010 - Tokyo
* 22/09/2010 - Tokyo
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The opera houses in Tokyo and Yokohama haven't published anything on the event yet.
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And if you feel like taking a break from work in September and want to visit... let's say... Tokyo and Yokohama :), Royal Opera House organizes a trip there. A combination of performances, stage rehearsals, insight events, social events with the artists and Company and exclusive day trips to incredible places make these tours an experience to remember. I bet on that! The program is organized by "Travel for the Arts" and on top of the cost of the trip a donation is requested.
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The history of the Kennedy Awards...

...told by the producer, George Stevens, in a Fox News Broadcast. Everything started 32 years ago when President Kennedy wanted to connect power with poetry. So he created these awards in order for the nation to pay tribute to its greatest performing artists. There is only one rule. The honorees and the President must attend. It's pretty touching seeing all those great people sitting, crying sometimes and watching their friends or fans, current stars, on stage, thanking them for commiting their lives to art.
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Angela at the Gala - videos from CNN and AP

The following video is a brief of what happened last night at the Gala. See Angela at minute 1:30 . Video released by CNN. Only that she's singing Habanera, not Vissi D'arte (as it is mentioned in the press releases). Maybe she performend twice? We'll see.

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More videos below. But the first one is the only in which Angela appears.
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Sting, honoring Bruce Springsteen. Video released by Associated Press
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President Obama congratulates the recipients of the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors. Video released by CNN
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Vissi D'Arte for the Honorees


Kennedy Awards Gala took place last evening in Washington DC, at the Kennedy Center. The 5 Honorees, Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck and Grace Bumbry (big, nice picture of all of them HERE) were paid tribute by friends and colleagues. The president Obama and his wife attended the Gala after hosting a reception at the White House earlier in the evening.
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There's a short video of this reception HERE. Wait 20 seconds and then the video will start.
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Angela Gheorghiu paid tribute to Grace Bumbry. She "made her Kennedy Center debut with breathtaking performance of the aria "Vissi d'arte" from Puccini's "Tosca." It's the same song Miss Bumbry herself sang in tribute to Marian Anderson during the very first Kennedy Center Honors 32 years ago" (Washington Post)
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EDIT: The article says "Vissi D'arte" but the short video from the post above contains a fragment from Carmen, "Habanera"
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Among other famous people on stage: Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Sharon Stone, Harvey Keitel, Ben Stiller, Comedy Central host Jon Stewart, Ben Harper, Pearl Jam, Melissa Etheridge and Aretha Franklin.
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Two reviews published this morning:
@All pictures belong to washingtontimes.com

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Future project - Fedora

Some time ago I mentioned two possible operas on CD for next season. Fedora and Pagliaci. These hints were on Mr Veronesi's page at IMG Artists.
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Reading a review about L'Amico Fritz on LSM Newswire, I found another mention about Fedora.
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Upcoming recordings in Mr. Veronesi’s Verismo series include three additional recordings to be released in 2010-2011: Leoncavallo's La Nuit de mai, an album of songs and arias performed by Mr. Domingo and pianist Lang Lang; Leoncavallo's opera I Medici also starring PlacĂ­do Domingo; and Giordano's Fedora with Ms. Gheorghiu and Mr. Domingo
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The review is HERE.
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13 years ago - Venice

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I had the pleasant surprise to discover these pictures well hidden in the archive of La Fenice , the Opera House in Venice, Italy. Angela Gheorghiu did Traviata in Venice 13 years ago. There were 10 performances, from May 18th to May 30th 1996 and they were held at PalaFenice Tronchetto because La Fenice was completely destroyed by fire on January 29th 1996. Angela starred in 5 of them according to the poster. The singers were accompanied by the orchestra and chorus of Teatro la Fenice, conducted by Nello Santi and Maurizio Barbacini.
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There were two casts:
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Angela Gheorghiu - Violeta
Ramon Vargas - Alfredo
Eduardo del Campo - Giorgio Germont
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Cristina Gallardo Domas - Violeta
Marcelo Alvarez - Alfredo
Marco Santoro - Giorgio Germont
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All the pictures in the archive can be seen HERE. I chose only those where Angela appears.
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