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Homage to Maria Callas on Radio Romania Muzical tonight (available online, too)

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Music Box, starting 8pm local time (GMT+2), Homage to Maria Callas braodcast exclusivelly in Romania, before the international release on November 7.
Radio Romania Muzical is available online HERE.
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Angela will attend the relay of Tosca in Bucharest, Nov 28

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According to the website of National Opera Bucharest, Angela Gheorghiu will be present in the venue for the relay of Tosca on November 28. Hopefully her presence there is connected to a possible launch of the new CD in Romania. That would be great. I'm sure everybody will be delighted. The location is perfect for such an event, plenty of people coming... we'll see.
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The tickets for Tosca are not on sale yet. So check out the National Opera website from time to time. Oh, and I would have put this info on top of the page and not at the bottom as it's a pretty big event. 
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 Also put down the other relays on your operatic agendas. ROH's Adriana Lecouvreur is scheduled for January 23.
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This piece of news made my Sunday!
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Liza's Aria @Bolshoi

 
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Bolshoi in Bucharest via satellite

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Festive atmosphere last night in Bucharest for the live broadcast of Bolshoi Theatre reopening Gala. Again inside the National Opera House. And again, full house. Russian grandeur displayed on the stage of the Bolshoi but a show a little bit too monotone/slow for my tastes.
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Angela Gheorghiu performed Lisa's aria from Tchaikovsky's "The Queen of Spades". In Russian. Gentle, touching, with lots of emotions. Could this be a small step towards Tatiana?
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Hoping that everybody had a great time in theaters, I'm waiting for the aria will be available on the internet to listen to it again.
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EMI Germany presents Homage to Maria Callas

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Check out their personalized pageespecially the FOTOS section & the video in the right top corner ;)
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Bolshoi Gala tonight on Arte TV

On French Arte at 8:40pm (local time)
On German Arte at 8:15pm (local time)
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Enjoy!
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Angela Gheorghiu tells a story she loves about the Royal Opera House

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In this long and very comprehensive article about many opera houses in the world. Gathered under the title Something completely magical, Andrew Clark (the writer), Natalie Whittle (the interviewer) and David Leventi (the photographer) explore the world of opera, seen from different points of view.
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The last part of the article is a series of interviews in which a soprano, a mezzo, a tenor, a baritone, a technical director and an artistic director say why they love a particular opera house. Angela speaks of ROH. Everything important in my life happened in this theatre, she says. I met my love, my husband [the tenor Roberto Alagna], I made my first TV broadcast [a live BBC transmission of La Traviata].
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The rest of the interview, in the article published in Financial Times
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PS: I don't post articles all the time on the main page. But all of them are listed in the PRESS section. It's located on the right side of the page. Enjoy!
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Habanera @Andrew Marr Show on BBC One - with VIDEO

EDIT: Thanks to a Privileged, here's the interview
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BBC One, on Sunday morning. The privileged ones (aka those living in UK) the entire interview is available on BBC iPlayer. For the rest of us, fragments of the interview and the entire Habanera, on bbc.co.uk
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If Carmen and her friends were on Facebook...

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Seattle Opera thought of an original way of promoting their production of Carmen. What if Carmen, Don Jose, Micaela, Frasquita, Zuniga or Escamillo had .... Facebook profiles?
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READ THE CONVERSATION HERE. It's hilarious.
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Tosca-the movie, 10th anniversary DVD available from Nov 28

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According to Axiom Films. On their website there's a part of the interview Angela Gheorghiu gave on the occasion. The entire interview will be available on the DVD. Have you noticed the large quantity of teaser videos that came out lately? It's all about waiting... and waiting...
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Happy 86th birthday Virginia Zeani!

 
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EMI Contest: WIN Angela's complete discography

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It's as easy as taking a flight to London :)     Click on the photo or check out the  latest EMI Newsletter.

It's part of the launching campaign of the new CD, "Homage to Maria Callas", as mentioned in the Newsletter. All you have to do is to sign up to the mailing list. No other conditions. The deadline is on October 30, so hurry up.
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Tokyo, in VIDEO

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Glad to listen to an aria not too often encountered in Angela's concert programs: Vieni far quest braccia from Bellini's I Puritani.  
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Enjoy!
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Tokyo #2, October 16


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Something I like

Photo @FB fan page
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Well, it's weekend again. Hectic week in the office. Glad it's over. This time the something-I-like post contains a photo. Simply loved it from the second I saw it. Location, a dressing room at Royal Opera House. Dear photographer, you did a wonderful job in catching THE moment. Keep doing it!
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Bolshoi Gala, live in cinemas worldwide (+Romania), October 28

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On the occasion of the opening of the historical building, there'll be a Gala at the Bolshoi Theatre on October 28. Angela Gheorghiu alongside with Placido Domingo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Natalie Dessay, Violeta Urmana and others were invited to take part at the event. The good news for everybody is that the Gala will be broadcast live worldwide starting 6pm (Moscow time). Check out the website of Emerging Pictures for the listof cinemas and days of broadcast.
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In Romania the Gala will be relayed starting 5pm (local time) in Bucharest (National Opera House), Timisoara (Aula Bibliotecii Centrale Universitare 'Eugen Todoran') and Sibiu (Centrul Cultural Habitus din Piata Mica). More details on Hotnews.ro. For the relay in Bucharest, the tickets are available online on the website of the National Opera or at the box office.
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New interview on Classic FM, in conversation with Nick Ferrari

4 parts available on Classic FM website.
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About childhood, family, Royal Opera House, emotions, perfectionism, professional "moments", about considering being an opera director someday, ROH's new Cinema season and Angela x 3 relays worldwide and finally about the new CD and why it is considered a homage to Maria Callas.
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Enjoy!
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1,2,3...more to come


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Two of them @official FB fan page. And, as mentioned there, taken from Angela’s new album photoshoot, more photos coming soon! The third is from EMI's newsletter announcing the CD, but judging from the outfit, it belongs to the same photoshoot.
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Tokyo #1, with after-concert autograph session

The first concert will take place tomorrow. Followed by an autograph session. Lucky Japanese! Now waiting for news...
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Earlier today some photos popped up on Angela's official Facebook fan page. Tokyo related, of course. Check them out!
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ご幸運を祈ります。 (aka Gokouun o inorimasu. aka good luck :)
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Something I like


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Sad, I know. It goes with the mood.
Here's what the song says:


SONG Of THE SEA
I was dancing on my little boat / There on the cruel sea / And the sea was crying out to me
Telling me that I should steal / The incomparable light / Of your beautiful eyes
Come and prove that the sea is right / Come here and see my heart dancing
If I'II go dancing on my little boat / I won't go to the cruel sea
I'II tell her that I was singing, smiling, dancing, living and dreaming of you
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There are many versions of this song, but Dulce Ponte's I like most (there is also a 1995 live version available here). It's a cover from Amalia Rodrigues's Solidao
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Have a beautiful weekend!
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Homage to Maria Callas, available for buying in MP3 on Qobuz Classique

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Qobuz Classique offers the standard version of the new album for download in MP3 or CD quality. Available in selected countries and compatible with all computers and modern gadgets (iPods, iPhones... or how French call them, baladeurs :). I'm more of a real CD/booklet/photos/lyrics person who enjoys listening to  CDs in the car on the way to work, as loud as possible (as my neighbors are not opera friendly). So I'll wait.
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But for sure I enjoyed listening to the track previews, longer here than on Amazon.
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Adriana L. in NY, cast complete

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Angela Gheorghiu as Adriana L.
Jonas Kaufmann as Maurizio
Anita Rachvelishvili as Princess de Bouillon
Ambrogio Maestri as Michonnet

Alberto Veronesi conducts the Opera Orchestra of New York for this concert version of Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur. Tickets for the only performance on November 8 are still on sale on operaorchestrany.org

Having in mind Borodina's thunder voice in ROH's new production in 2010, I'm curious about Anita Rachvelishvili's rendition of Princess de Bouillon.

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Adriana, on big screen in October

Adriana Lecouvreur, David McVicar's brand new production premiered at the Royal Opera last fall is available in selected cinemas in October. It's the second relay of ROH's Cinema season, starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Olga Borodina, Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro. Good to know that people in US, Denmark, Croatia and even Australia and South Africa can watch it. What about Romania? Waiting for good news :)
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I hope the video teaser will make you buy a ticket.  Io son l'umile anceeeelaaaa....
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Faust (Oct 1), some more photos



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Photos @Martine. Thanks!
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Tosca, what they think

If you haven't listened to it last night, Tosca is available for 6 more days on BBC iPlayer. So I won't spoil the pleasure of listening by posting arias. Instead, here's the conversation during the intervals. Suzy Klein talks to William Ward who puts Tosca's Rome setting in context. You'll also hear some familiar voice giving their opinion on the topic: Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel and the conductor, Antonio Pappano.
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Enjoy!
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Introduction
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First interval
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Second interval
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REMINDER: Tosca from ROH on BBC Radio 3, Oct 1

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The recording of ROH's July 2011 Tosca (Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca, Jonas Kaufmann as Mario and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia) will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (Opera on 3) on October 1, starting 6pm GMT.
BBC Radio 3 is also available online, on their website. You'll find there some more stuff related to Tosca: photos, the synopsis..
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And don't forget that Tosca will be relayed in cinemas worldwide in November.
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