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The "Angela effect" at National Theatre last night. Video added

UPDATE
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The mystery of the unknown song was revealed :). It was Les Chemins de L'amour, by Poulenc.
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And a video, newly posted on YouTube. Ebben from La Wally
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"It's 2 am and I can't sleep. I stay in front of the computer and smile from time to time. I'm happy for seeing her and listening to her from so close. It's that feeling of joy that you have long time after the concert ended. I would turn back time to listen to "Ebben" again. When you're there everything happens too fast, you don't have too much time to enjoy it. I don't know why I'm so melancholic at this hour"
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This is what my friend wrote to me, adding some of the photos below. Well, we've all experienced this feeling. He called it "the Angela effect", I called it the same so, so many times before. The more you get, the more you want. Concert after concert, flight ticket after flight ticket... it's never enough. You go, see, then come back and smile for a long time.
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According to my "eyes and ears" (I wasn't at the concert, so don't envy me) she sung Ebben ne andro lontana from La Wally, Granada and Brindisi (together with all the people that performed last evening) and one more song named.....come on.. who remembers?
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Thanks so much for the photos to my friends G&B! And waiting for more impressions!
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PS: To B: next time you get next to Angela and have your photo taken with her, try to relax and smile. She won't bite you :)
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Angela and Vlad Mirita

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From left to right, Teodor Ilincai, Vlad Mirita, Angela Gheorghiu, Irina Iordachescu and Iulia Isaev






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TVR Cultural, 31.12, 8:50pm

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It's a broadcast called "Angela Gheorghiu: the artist of 2010". It's not a new interview. It contains "fragments of interviews, performances and concerts from 1986 to 2009" according to one of Marius Constantinescu's posts on Facebook. And it follows the broadcast of Classical Brit Awards 2010. We'll see. Oh, better said, you'll see. I'm not around. TVR Cultural is part of our national television and it's not available online. Those who are still at home at that time, please let me know what it was about, ok?
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The Star of Romania

The facade of National Theatre in Bucharest, with the banner of the concert
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When announcing the gala concert at the National Theatre, there was a press release announcing the event. It said something like this “On the occasion of receiving the Commander order of Star of Romania...”
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This medal, the Star of Romania, is the highest and most important decoration awarded by the Romanian Government, to both civilians and militaries, in recognition of their merits. So, as you see, receiving this medal is huge.
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Let me tell you a few things about it. The idea of the medal came up in 1864, but it was recognized by law in 1877, bearing the same name it has today, the Star of Romania. The model is a blue, double cross, never used before for medals in Romania. The motto of the order is “In Fide Salus”, meaning “the salvation stays in faith”. Since the beginning it has been awarded to civilians and militaries and there were a limited number of medals.
The order stopped to be awarded in 1948, but the Government brought it back in 1999, with a slight change in shape.
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There are still a limited number of medals. In the case of civilians, people that get it did important things in art, science, medicine and so on. It is given both to Romanians and to foreigners.
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For those attending the concert tonight, have a good time!
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"Marius et Fanny" on the radio, Vladimir Cosma in Bucharest

For those who are at home today (or in the office and have headsets), maybe you'd like to listen to Marius et Fanny (starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna). It will be broadcasted by Radio Romania Cultural. I don't know the time yet, but I hope they'll publish it. Check it up on their website.
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I also found out that Vladimir Cosma, the one who composed Marius et Fanny, might come to Buchrest next year (as he said), for a concert at the Romanian Athenaeum. On December 14, he was invited at the Romanian Embassy in Paris to take part in an event organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute. He spoke about his life, his more than 300 songs composed for movies.
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Adriana L. review in "Das Opernglas"

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The new issue contains a very long review of Adriana Lecouvreur. Get to Opernglas website and read it. It's not the entire text, but the most interesting part is there. Just to give you a hint, here's what the reviewer says, speaking about Angela:
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[...] "we experienced on that first night nothing less than the currently perhaps the best singer in the world"
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Time to dream

It's Christmas. It's time to think of how many beautiful things happened to me this year, how many places I visited, how many amazing people I met. It's also time to dream of next year. I'm sure it will be as great as the previous one. I wish all the same!
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Merry Christmas!
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And a song I haven't listened to in a long while, but somebody reminded me of it.
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Angela Gheorghiu - Sognare
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Gala concert in Bucharest, 30.12.2010

UPDATE
The tickets are on sale at the box office of the National Theatre in Bucharest. More details here.
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This is what a call a great Christmas gift! The concert will take place at the National Theatre in Bucharest, on December, 30, starting 6pm. The tickets aren't on sale yet but I think they'll be on sale next week. And there's no online website to buy them from (at least not yet). So you have to go to the box office of the theatre. If I find out more, I'll let you know.
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Have a ... warm weekend :). We've just experienced this year's first snow in Bucharest. Ho, ho, ho!
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Some more photos from Adriana L.

The last ones I have from ROH. Taken at the backstage door after the performance on Dec 7.
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Adriana L...Dec 4&7. My story, with photos

I got back to ROH. Couldn’t help it. It’s addictive. The first Adriana I saw, two weeks ago, finished too soon and left me with some question marks. I couldn’t pay attention to everything so I wanted to return. And I did. I was a little bit stressed because of the flights cancelled on Wednesday and Thursday, but in the end the airport opened. And my dear colleagues at work, knowing why I go to London, spent the whole Friday making jokes about weather. Grrrrrr… but I survived :)

The second Adriana I saw was different. I’m not talking about the voices. They are all great. It’s about the feeling I got from the stage. It’s that emotion that makes me forget about everything around me. It’s that THING that each person in the audience takes from what he/she’s offered. I try to imagine how hard it should be for those on stage to perform in order to make us belive in what they're doing. It’s actually hard to explain how this energy wave works in the venue. You have to be there to sense it. For sure I got from this performance what I expected. I enjoyed every note. The movement on stage and the acting made more sense. My favorite part is still the last act. What can be more touching than the moment Adriana faces the fact that everything is a illusion and it's not her destiny to be happy... "No, la mia fronte, che pensier non muta, regale insegna non sapria portar: la mia corona e sol d'erbe intessuta, ed e un palco il mio trono e un falso altar..." And inside act 4, a few seconds when Adriana and Maurizio sing together "Il nostro amor sfida la morte, fuga la morte nel sogno d'or...Deh, vien sul cor..."(the last part of fragment below. but I put the entire moment just to see how the intensity rises. Audio from the performance on 30.11, the one broadcasted on BBC3 on 04.12). There are only a few notes, but very powerful ones.
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The entire act 4 is closely followed (in terms of likeness, from my point of view) by Adriana’s monologue in the end of act III and the duet Adriana/Principessa in the end of act 2.

Oh, and if I mentioned this, I have to talk a little bit about Borodina. Very strong, Russian voice. More like Turandot or Amneris voice than Principessa, if speaking about intensity. I tried to ignore the accent, obvious especially during “Stella d’oriente” aria. Most of the times her voice was the strongest and she made both A&J sing louder (or so it seemed). I would have liked her to be just a little bit softer in voice and gestures, but preserving the attitude. After all Principessa is not a warrior, she’s just a woman in love who feels betrayed.

Visually speaking, I chose two moments as favorites. The first one is in act 1, during Michonnet’s aria. He’s sitting on the stairs of the stage (the one on stage) and tells what happens there. I told this before. I like that the director actually thought of showing us part of the performance, with actors, including Adriana, moving and miming words. This way Michonnet’s words have more meaning. The second one is in act 2, right before the duet Adriana/Principessa. Before knocking at the door, Adriana extinguishes (is this the right word??) all the candles. The light dims out. In the meantime the orchestra plays a combination of Principessa’s aria (Acerba volluta) and Maurizio’s aria (La dolcissima effigie), as if stating that these two are connected and this will affect Adriana. And the same tune is heard when Adriana is trying to explain her that she wants to help. You see, the more I see the opera, the more things I discover.

Adriana dies and the opera finishes. On the 4th of December the audience was warmer than on November 22. The applauded after each aria and in the end lots of bravos were heard. When Jonas came on stage, someone from the lower slips on the left threw a teddy bear on the stage. He picked it up and waved in that direction. Then Angela came to salute the audience and the second teddy bear landed on stage, at her feet. Jonas picked it up for her. I thought it was a sweet gesture. Just to show the appreciation, nothing more. And they both seemed to enjoy it, as you’ll see in the pictures. Jonas's bear even got a special place, in between his shirt and coat. So this was the famous “teddy bear story”. Short, isn’t it? Told now it might not make too much sense, but it was part of that evening. For me it was that kind of performance that once ended I’d give anything to see it all over again.

But hey, I saw it all over again, on December 7. It was a different kind of experience. I just love when what I get too see overcomes my expectations. These are the best moments, when you have no idea what’s going to happen to you but in the end you get to be the happiest person on earth.

So I saw Adriana three times. Four, if you count Berlin too. Please, don’t hate me, ok? :) I wish you all to experience this. It was great to meet some of my friends at the backstage door. The performance that has just finished always continues there. Many, many stories are told for those who have time to listen to them. We’ll meet again in 6 months. Same time, same place ;)

The “Adriana in London” adventure ended, but the dear memories remain with me, stored on my fluffy, white, private cloud. I already miss it, but I have the feeling I'll see it again in a few years. Angela, thank you! For that way of singing that makes me forget breathing, for your kind smile. For everything.
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All the photos below were taken at the curtain all, on Dec 4
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Bonaventura Bottone - l'Abbate
Alessandro Corbelli - Michonnet
Maurizio Muraro - Il Principe
Olga Borodina - La Principessa
Jonas Kaufmann - Maurizio



Angela Gheorghiu - Adriana

















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