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Angela withdraws from ROH tour in Japan

The statement is on ROH's tour in Japan Blog. She will be replaced by Ermonela Jaho.
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Angela Gheorghiu's manager Jack Mastroianni stated:
"A few weeks ago, Angela Gheorghiu's daughter Ioana underwent surgery in London that unexpectedly developed complications. Despite efforts byspecialists to correct the problem without further surgery, a second operation has been deemed essential and is scheduled in Bucharest for the coming days. As the operation will be invasive, the surgeons have requested that Ms. Gheorghiu remain with her daughter during the operation and recovery periods."
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Angela Gheorghiu has offered her sincere apologies to audiences in Japan stating:
"It is with deepest regret that I am unable to perform with The Royal Opera in Japan this September. I had been looking forward to returning to Japan with The Royal Opera having first performed with the Company there in 1992. However, this is a very difficult time for me and it is so important for me to be with my daughter. I thank you all for your understanding and support"
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Here comes Fedora

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So the rumours were true. Angela and Mr Domingo recorded Fedora. Some more photos from the recording session, on Facebook.
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Location - New York. Date - unknown.
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La Boheme (Gheorghiu/Vargas) on screen at Lincoln Center, NY - September 2nd

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If you live in New York or just happen to be on vacation there and you haven't seen Met's 2008 La Boheme (in a while or ever), go to Lincoln Center on September 2nd. The Met Opera's Free Summer HD Festival lights up the newly redesigned Lincoln Center Plaza, Saturday, August 28 - Monday, September 6, 2010.
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All screenings are free and no tickets are required. 3,100 seats will be available each night on a first-come, first served basis. There are no rain dates.
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Start times range from 7:15 pm to 8:00 pm (no intermissions).
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The Met's Summer HD Festival Schedule:

* Saturday, August 28, 8:00pm: TOSCA- Karita Mattila stars in Luc Bondy's new production of Puccini's Tosca, with Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as Scarpia. Approximate running time: 120 minutes.
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* Sunday, August 29, 8:00pm: THE MAGIC FLUTE-James Levine conducts Mozart's The Magic Flute, in the Met's abridged, English-language holiday production, created by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor and geared toward family audiences. Approximate running time: 113 minutes.
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* Monday, August 30, 7:15pm: DER ROSENKAVALIER-A stellar cast led by Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, and Christine Schäfer. Approximate running time: 195 minutes.
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* Tuesday, August 31, 7:45pm: DOCTOR ATOMIC-John Adams's powerful work stars Gerald Finley as J. Robert Oppenheimer. Approximate running time: 120 minutes.
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* Wednesday, September 1, 7:45pm: LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN- James Levine conducts Bartlett Sher's new production of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, with Anna Netrebko as Antonia and Joseph Calleja as Hoffmann. Approximate running time: 160 minutes.
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* Thursday, September 2, 8:00pm: LA BOHÈME- Franco Zeffirelli's classic production of Puccini's La Bohème features Angela Gheorghiu as Mimì and Ramón Vargas as Rodolfo. Approximate running time: 130 minutes.
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* Friday, September 3, 8:00pm: HANSEL AND GRETEL- Humperdinck's masterpiece stars Christine Schäfer as Gretel, Alice Coote as Hansel, and Philip Langridge as the Witch. Approximate running time: 112 minutes.
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* Saturday, September 4, 8:00pm: TURANDOT- Franco Zeffirelli's spectacular production of Puccini's last opera stars Maria Guleghina as Turandot, Marina Poplavskaya as Liù, and Marcello Giordani as Calàf. Approximate running time: 120 minutes.
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* Sunday, September 5, 8:00pm: AIDA- Daniele Gatti conducts a cast of powerful voices in Verdi's Aida, with Violeta Urmana singing the title role in this classic Met production, one of the most spectacular in the company repertory. Approximate running time: 150 minutes.
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* Monday, September 6, 7:45pm: CARMEN- Bizet's masterpiece stars Elna Garana as Carmen and Roberto Alagna as Don José, in an acclaimed new production. The original live transmission is the best-selling Live in HD presentation ever. Approximate running time: 168 minutes.
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Roberto prepares Soupe de Champagne. Bon appetit!

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Some tricks with the "citrons", some sugar and lots of sparkling champagne later, the recipe a la Roberto is turned into real facts. It seems tasty. Yam yam :) Die Oper Kocht put it down for posterity.
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And this is what he says on the first page. The original text is in German. And what follows it's more or less what Google thought of it.
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“Whenever I cook, I start singing, mostly Sicilian hits such as "La luna mezzo mari". In addition, I invite over the people I love. That makes me happy and clears my head. Only that I don’t like to wash the dishes afterwards" said the tenor in a good mood.
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Roberto Alagna has grown up on the outskirts of Paris in a large family. He recalls how his Grandmother often kneaded dough in the morning to prepare pasta from it. "Pasta pomodoro was very good" the Frenchman smiles "and I stole the recipe. I do not cook a lot, but if I do, then it’s pasta. It’s a brilliant invention, because you can mix it with everything, with salad, potatoes and beans, peppers or with lots of olive oil. If the ingredients are good, then you always have an excellent meal on the table”
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What I could eat anytime
If you are hungry can you could eat stones, my father kept saying.
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Cravings
I don’t have any, and sometimes I force myself to eat. When I work I always forget about eating.
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What you always find in my fridge
Mostly ice, that's about all! (Laughs loudly)
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Who I would like to invite to dinner
Aladdin and his magic lamp, so I could have three wishes accomplished […]
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My motto
Always look forward. Although I have a nostalgic side, it is better to look ahead.
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La Rondine, Faust... some release dates

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Looking for La Rondine DVD on Amazon.co.uk I also found Faust DVD. There are different release dates. Be careful when you buy them. The "Region" varies.
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La Rondine (Gheorghiu/Alagna/Brenciu/Oropesa/Armiliato - MET)
Amazon.co.uk - September 6th
Amazon.fr - September 20th
Fnac - September 20th (with different cover, the one above)
Barnes&Noble - September 28th
Amazon.com - September 28th
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Faust (Gheorghiu/Alagna/Terfel/Keenlyside/Pappano - ROH)
Amazon.co.uk - September 13th
Fnac - September 20th
Amazon.fr - September 20th
Arkivmusic.com - October 5th
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Happy shopping! :)
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EMI releases La Rondine on DVD on September 13th

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FINALLY! ...I might say. It's one of the few Met Live in HD productions that hasn't been released on DVD yet. But its time has come.
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EDIT - while watching the trailer and listening to Angela speaking so nicely of this opera, a question came to my mind. A question for whomever might know the answer... is there any chance (in the close or remote future) for La Rondine in Europe?
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Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna star in the 2009 Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini’s La Rondine (The Swallow). This new production, directed by Nicholas Joël, was the company’s first staging in 70 years.
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As bonus on the DVD, two interviews: Bonuses: Angela Gheorghiu & Roberto Alagna and Lisette Oropesa & Marius Brenciu
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There is also a video traier for this DVD
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Flour, eggs, some milk and water... and Angela cooks. "Die Oper Kocht" gives details

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This book was a great idea. It's not a regular cook book. Only the fact that some people managed to get the opera stars cook it's a great accomplishment. It's a sort of "behind the scenes". There are so many opera singers: Angela and Roberto, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce di Donato, Rene Pape, Piotz Beczala, Jose Careras, Elina Garanca, Annette Dasch, Thomas Hampson, Angelika Kirchschlager, Nino Machaidze, Anna Netrebko, Luca Pisaroni, Neil Shicoff, Aleksandra Kurzak, Joseph Calleja, Lawrence Brownlee and many others. See a lot of pictures here.
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The book was released last week in Salzburg and it's suggestively entitled "The Opera Cooks". It can be found in bookstores in Germany and Austria and it can also be ordered on the internet. Try Amazon.de. It should cost around 30 euros. For the moment it's only in German. Each of the singers has 4 pages:
* a big picture
* some words about eating/cooking
* the recipe in German
* and the same recipe in the native language of that particular singer, in handwriting.
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Great, isn't it? Besides the autographs (which usually mean only the name), their handwriting is not something you see everyday. According to the video made to promote the book, everybody really enjoyed doing this.
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Back to Angela. Here's what she says about cooking and eating habits. It's the translation from German. If any of you has the book and there are mistakes, sorry. Google helped, but it tends to mix words up. I hope it's good enough to have an idea.
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“There’s nothing more relaxing but starting the day with a brunch”, says the superstar Angela Gheorghiu. “Fruit and fresh fruit juice, bacon, ham, salami my homemade bread make the perfect breakfast"
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The artist spends most in hotels. If she stays more than 2 weeks, she insists on having a kitchen in the apartment. “I don’t cook too much, but I should have a stove. If I want to eat pasta with tomato sauce, I want to be able to do it by myself and not to go to a restaurant. More than that, cooking calms my nerves” says the elegant singer. The Romanian is not a big eater and not particularly innovative, as she confesses. She prefers to cook her mother’s recipes.
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What I don’t eat under any circumstances:
I travel a lot so the food is diverse. What I would never eat is something that’s still alive and moving on my plate.
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Cravings:
Biscuits and grated apples
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What you always find in my fridge:
Fruit, butter, eggs, grapefruit, carrots, strawberries, blueberry juice, salami
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Who I would like to invite to dinner
Definitely Cary Grant. I love him!
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My motto:
If you have ambition and power, you can move mountains, but if you are wise, you leave them where they are
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She chose to cook home made bread. And below there's the process and the result.
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And the recipe written by Angela. My Romanian fellows, enjoy it!
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I know there are some people reading this blog that would like to know what Roberto cooked. Details.. soon :)
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PS: Thanks J for the photos :)
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Sneak peek. The sets for Adriana Lecouvreur at ROH

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And also in the August issue of About the House there are a lot of details about how the sets for Adriana Lecouvreur would look like. Under the title "GRAND DESIGNS", Michael Church asks Charles Edwards to explain his concept for the set.
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Edwards says that he and McVicar were attracred to this particular opera because it's "centered on a prima donna, and one of its themes is celebrity". "So Angela Gheorghiu is good casting?" asks Church. "Perfect casting. It's being built round her personality, which is absolutely appropriate for the piece, as is her voice" replies Edwards.
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The set designer said it was difficult to find an arch to unite the four acts. So they came with the idea of a theatre within a theatre and it had to be set in 1730 when Adriana lived. The sets change as follows: the backstage of a theatre, a love-nest in the gardens of the Princess who is Adriana's rival, then her ballroom and in the end Adriana's villa in the countryside.
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Asked about the feel the created world would have, Charles Edwards says that "Everything will be from Adriana's perspective - perhaps a little bit blurred. Because this is a woman who can't always distinguish between the reality of everyday life, and her life on the stage. But our structure will look more like a toy theatre than a reconstruction of an 18th centrury stage, though there will be 18th century stage machinery in it. It's a delicate and rather exotic machine in which she lives - like a gilded cage, a prison, in which she has the toys to play out her fantasies. I've based my designs very much on the old Baroque theatre in Bayreuth, where there's a lot of trompe l'oeil. And that's the effect we will create. For example, to create the boudoir where the Princess intends to entertain her lover we will have painted swagged curtains juxtaposed with built architectural detail".
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Already curious? The tickets go on sale on September 8th for Friends and on October 5th for general public.
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"Spontaneous and unpredictable" says Jonas


.... about Angela in the August issue of "About the House" magazine (the magazine of Royal Opera). This and some other nice things. (thanks!)
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The tenor has now appeared in numerous opera houses with Angela Gheorghiu (including a number of Traviatas) and the two have onstage chemistry. ‘Angela is, in a very positive way, spontaneous and unpredictable,’ Kaufmann says. ‘She likes to surprise you in performance. I like that very much, because then you really start playing kind of a game on stage, and it creates this connection. I am always looking for people who are open-minded, and thinking of things other than just holding the high note".
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From Covent Garden, with love

Photo @ angelagheorghiu.com
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A set of photos from a photoshooting that took place when Angela was at the Royal Opera in London was posted on her Facebook page and also on the Official Website. Check them out!

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Viva la Diva! New photoshooting for a Romanian magazine

All the photos @Viva Magazine
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I want to give master classes or to initiate a singing competition. I’ll put a lot of devotion and love in everything
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Article by Cristiana Stanciulescu
Foto Sebastian Enache
Outfit: Balenciaga, Rosa Clara, Guy Laroche
Accessories: Eva Culture
The photos were taken in Bucharest, at the residence of His Excellency Henry Paul, the French Ambassador in Romania
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This is an article published in the July issue of Viva Magazine. For Romanians, look for the issue with Andrea Raicu on the cover. It's not exactly an interview but it includes some quotations. It's more about the impressions of the journalist who travelled to London to see La Traviata. I have a problem with the frequest use of the word "diva". It's too general and used too many times. More than that, I have bigger problems when the same word is used for two different people in the issue of the magazine. The editors should have paid more attention! There's no way of comparison between the two of them. Anyway, I skipped the introduction of the article (it's about the preparations to go to London and the arrival there) and I translated the rest of it.
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There are a lot of people at the entrance. And more people are coming. All the seats in the venue are occupied. I meet Ioana, Angela Gheorghiu’s daughter, who tells me she’s nervous. “Why?” I ask her. “Because that’s how I feel every time, I think of her all the time…”. The feeling is mutual. I take my seat, the lights are turned off and the wonder starts. The orchestra starts, then the first scene. Angela sits in a light that comes from nowhere and everywhere at the same time. She starts singing and the arias flow like he waves of a river of champagne. She acts with great emotion, I feel tears in my eyes, the people say “Bravooo, Angela goes on till the very end when Violetta Valery dies in the arms of an overwhelmed Alfredo. It’s the same 1994 Covent Garden production for whom BBC stopped the regular schedule in order to broadcast live the performance so applauded by the audience. The same happened tonight. Even if it’s the same production, it seems new and fresh. Angela herself was surprised by the roar of the people that seemed a sea ready to swallow the stage. Even if she knows she’s loved here, she hasn’t foreseen this reaction. I applauded her for a long time, proud that we’re both from the same country. At the end I went backstage where I waited for her with the other fans. At the Stage Door there were tens of people waiting for autographs. I tried to squeeze in and I shivered when I saw the door open. With a perfect make up, wearing a satin, dark grey dress, very elegant, high heeled sandals and a shawl on her shoulders, she was shining when she came outside to enjoy people’s admiration, to have photos taken, to be spoiled. “I saw you. We’re out right away”. I waited for her and we went with some friends and tenor James Valenti to a nice restaurant. Angela recommended Valenti to opera houses and helped him rise because she has this talent. He’s not the only one that she helped building a career. The list is longer: Jonas Kaufmann, Vittorio Grigolo, Sorin Coliban, Iulia Isaev, Irina Iordachescu, George Petean, Marius Brenciu, Marius Manea…
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I talked to her and I found out that she wants to promote Romanian songs but there’s nothing to choose from, besides the old folk songs. She noticed that only these are interesting for the audience because they’re powerful and have a true flavor of authenticity. I asked her when she’s coming to Romania and she replied “Not very soon. Soon I’ll go to Madrid to sing with Placido Domingo in “Simon Boccanegra”, I’ll get back to London to record my next album that will be released under EMI Classics… Then I’ll be on tour in Japan with “Traviata” and after that I’ll have two concerts in Berlin. I’m preparing for a new production in London so.. I won’t come too soon”. “But how do you feel at home, in Romania? She looked at the thoughtful and I detected a sort of regret in her sight when she said “I’m amused of what happens there, I don’t know if this is the right word. I don’t really know what to say. I meet my friends, the loved ones, sometimes I watch tv…”. It sounded like giving up and I didn’t know what to say next. I would have like to joke, to paraphrase a saying “Nobody becomes prophet in his own country and no Diva is Diva in her country”. But there’s not the time or the place. […]
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Angela Gheorghiu won’t take vacation this year. She doesn’t have too much time just for herself so she dreams to the moment when she has more free time and can do useful things. “What do you mean?” I asked. “I want to give master classes or to initiate a singing competition. I’ll put a lot of devotion and love in everything”

It was obvious for me that love is part of her life and the passion she shows on stage is present also in her private life. She’s the only Romanian Diva that conquered the whole world. She received the latest award at Classical Brits because she’s an “Opera Superstar”.

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