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"I like giving them surprises"

...speaking of the program for the concert in Shanghai. This is a short interview published today in Shanghai Daily.
[...] She says she was amazed by the modern and welcoming city on her way from the airport to the theater and that she couldn't wait to see the stage and the orchestra for the concert.[...] They will perform 14 programs including the well-known Puccini's "La Boheme" - "O Soave Fanciulla," Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" - "Intermezzo" and Donizetti's "L'elisir D'amore" - "Caro Elisir." But Gheorghiu also added some less familiar songs to the list like Dvorak's "Song to the Moon" and Ponce's "Estellita."

"I don't want it to be boring. I hope that my audience can hear new things from me," says Gheorghiu, "I like giving them surprises."

Gheorghiu says she studies many things needed for a musician including music, opera, acting and languages. Being a student and an opera singer on the stage at the same time helps her keep improving.

"Each performance is a new challenge for me," says Gheorghiu, "I am different every day, and I cooperate with different orchestras on different stages. I have to be fully prepared."

Gheorghiu is inclined to make all decisions on her own, as she believes that freedom is very important for an artist.

"I left home for music school when I was 14. Since then, I am a free bird making all my own decisions. I am fully responsible for my choice even if it turns out to be wrong," says Gheorghiu. "As an artist, I will listen to suggestions, but I make the final decision on my own."

Gheorghiu says that she doesn't have a favorite role among all that she has performed, as she likes them all. Every role she plays is like a different book or a different painting that brings a different feeling to her, but they are all beautiful and touching.

"If you do not believe in the role, you cannot make it," she says. "If I don't like them in the first place, I will never sing."
The entire article can be read online.

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