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"The idea in all my concerts is to do exactly what I want to do"

Says Angela in the the latest interview published on Straight.com. it was a phone interview, as Jessica Werb, the interviewer, mentions.

I know this sells the paper or brings clicks to the online versions, but lately journalists are too focused on the private life and they always feel the need of mentioning the withdrawals, all of them, if possible, at the beggining of the article. In an interview preceding her debut in Canada, there are only 3 short lines about the concert. I would have been interested more in the program, how she chose it or how come she decided to sing that beautiful piece in Russian, Song of the moon, than in dresses. Wasn't the purpose of the interview to promote Angela's image and the concert to the Canadians that have never listened to her live before?

But then again, it's just my opinion.

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Signing session, Vancouver&Toronto

You lucky Canadians! You get Angela in solo concerts with a beautiful program, now also signing sessions. Check out for announcements about time and location when you get to the venues. And enjoy the concerts!

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Soon, in Vancouver

UPDATE
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If anyone buys the Vancouver Sun on Thursday, please share, ok? Thanks :)
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Is this your lucky day?

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All the details
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Morning treat

I woke up and listened to this. Now I know I'll keep smiling all day long. Like this :)
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Danish blue eyes at ROH

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Royal Opera House announce in a press release that Kasper Holten (37) has been appointed Director of Opera, to succeed Elaine Padmore when she leaves The Royal Opera at the end of the 2010/11 Season.
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Program for the Shanghai concert on May 17

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Shanghai Grand Theatre published the program for the concert on May 17. The poster says that tenor Marius Brenciu will join Angela on stage and that the conductor is Ion Marin. The Chinese audience will enjoy arias performed so many times in the past (but the program is subject to change). In case the link above is not working, here's the program:
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1. VERDI: NABUCCO - Overture
2. PUCCINI: LA BOHÈME – “O soave fanciulla” - Angela Gheorghiu&Marius Brenciu
3. CATALANI: LA WALLY- "Ebben ne andro lontana" - Angela Gheorghiu
4. PONCHIELLI: LA GIOCONDA - " Cielo e mar" - Marius Brenciu
5. MASCAGNI: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA - Intermezzo
6. PUCCINI: MADAME BUTTERFLY – “Un bel di vedremo” - Angela Gheorghiu
7.DONIZETTI: L’ELISIRD’AMORE - "Caro elisir" - Angela Gheorghiu&Marius Brenciu

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8. TCHAIKOVSKY - EVGENY ONEGIN - Polonaise
9. GEORGE GRIGORIU: "Muzica" - Angela Gheorghiu&Marius Brenciu
10.Composer t.b.a. : "Because you're mine" - Angela Gheorghiu
11. P.SOROZOBAL - LA TABERNERA DEL PUERTO - "No puede ser" - Marius Brenciu
12. BERNSTEIN: CANDIDE - Overture
13. SEBASTIEN IRADIER: "La Paloma"
14. FRANZ LEHAR: DIE LUSTIGE WITWE -"Lippen Schweigen"- Angela Gheorghiu&Marius Brenciu
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The return to Paris. Salle Pleyel, June 19, 2012

Salle Pleyel has just announced the new 2011 - 2012 season. Check out page 71. (be patient, the PDF is large). Angela Gheorghiu and Marius Brenciu will sing arias from Italian and French operas, as mentioned in the program.
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Not yet confirmed on the official site so before buying the ticket, take a look there. The tickets go on sale on June 6 at 11:00 (Paris time)
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"Song of the moon" in both Vancouver and Toronto concerts

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This is the complete program for the Vancouver concert on April 3, as publisend on VSO's official website. As far as I know it's the first time she sings it (correct me if I'm wrong). I couldn't be happier! From Song of the Moon to Tatiana it's a small step :). And by special request Onegin should be Hvorostovsky.
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Going back to the program, those attending the concert will have the privilege of listening among others to Caro mio ben, Vive amour qui reve and L'altra note in fondo al mare, rarely present in concerts. What sould you have as encore? Let's say... Muzica? Any requests?
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Bramwell Tovey will conduct the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
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Gluck - Orfeo et Euridice: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Gluck - Orfeo et Euridice: Dance of the Furies
Handel - Rinaldo: Lascia ch'io pianga
Giordani - Caro mio ben
Massenet (trans. Mouton) - Thais: Meditation
Puccini - Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
Dvorák - Rusalka: Song to the Moon
Gounod - Faust: Ballet Music
Massenet - Cherubin, Act III: Aubade: Vive amour qui rêve
Schubert (orch. Mottl) - Schwanengesang, D957: No. 4 Ständchen
Verdi - La Forza del Destino: Overture
Boito - Mefistofele: L'altra note in fondo al mare
Catalani - La Wally: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
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And this is the program for the concert in Toronto, on April 7. Same arias, with small changes in the orchestra parts. The program is published on Roy Thomson Hall website, if you want to take a closer look.
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Steven White will conduct the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra
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Handel - Overture to Giulio Cesare
Handel - "Lascia ch'io pianga," from Rinaldo
Giordani - Caro mio ben
Mascagni - Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Puccini - "O mio babbino caro," from Gianni Schicchi
Dvorak - "Song to the Moon," from Rusalka
Verdi - Overture to La Forza del Destino
Massenet - "Aubade: Vive amour qui reve," from Cherubin
Schubert - "Staˆndchen," from Schwanengesang, D957
Saint-Saens - "Bacchanale," from Samson and Delilah
Boito - "L'altra notte in fondo al mare," from Mefistofele
Catalani - "Ebben? Ne andro lontana," from La Wally
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Bogdan Mihai, music is an universal language

How many times have I asked myself why Angela's singing Romanian song "Muzica" has touched so many people all over the world? They don't even understand the words. Once again, a Romanian artist moves British audience on his first international recital in London by singing a Romanian song as encore. Bogdan Mihai has convinced everyone at St John Smith Square in London that he is singing about love. Just listen, you'll know what I mean.
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Message

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As simple as that :)
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Thanks, Ale!
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Two simple questions. Vote.

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Half happy, half sad.
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I'm just curious. Were you successful in buying tickets for Tosca at ROH? I heard so many people commenting. Most of them said the moment they got in there was nothing left in the orchestra stalls, circle stalls and all the way up to the amphitheatre.
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Any happy story?
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Round one ended. There's round two coming soon, on April 5.
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This is my first poll so I hope it works well. Please vote only once and keep in mind that it's anonymous.
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Tosca @ROH, "Friends" booking on March 9

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Big day on Wednesday. Royal Opera House opens sales for Summer performances. Tosca included. Two performances in particular, those on July 14 and 17. You know, that all stars cast... Angela Gheorghiu/Jonas Kaufmann/Bryn Terfel. But I predict a real fight for tickets considering that ROH already announced that both performances will be filmed.
March 9 - sales for "Friends" - 8am, UK time
April 5 - general sale - 10am, UK time
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So let the fastest fingers and best internet connection win!
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Just to have an idea of what you could listen to if you get a ticket and if nothing changes in the meantime, enjoy two tracks :)
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Angela Gheorghiu/Jonas Kaufmann - Tosca - Duet in Act 1 - Concert in Abu Dhabi, 2008

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Angela Gheorghiu/Bryn Terfel - Tosca - Duet in Act 2 - Royal Opera, 2006

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I chose to write about this and not about the "artistic reasons" that led to cancellation of Faust at the Met. I believe Angela perfectly knows what she's doing. So I keep on being supportive. And hope for the best. These are my only comments regarding this topic.
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Erwin's Rojotango

Not bad. Not bad at all. Young, handsome, great voice. Erwin goes tango, a project he talked about some months ago. Some samples can be listened to on his New official website. Try "Gracias a la vida" :). Me gustaaaaaa!
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Rojotango will be released on April 27 with Sony.


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R&J - Cancelled

The official site announced that Angela cancelled the entire run of Romeo et Juliette at the Met. Reason? Illness. Really? Probably, as there's a virus spread in US and also in Europe. So I hope it's not too bad and I wish her speedy recovery. Do I feel sorry? Sure, for her being sick, for all the people that are NY right now hoping to see her, for all the nasty things that will be published in newspapers, for me writing about this again. Replacement? Who cares...
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Sad, isn't it? But it will go away.
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First day of Spring

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Still snowing here, but there's hope :) The snowdrops reminded me that the season has just changed.
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