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Grand Opera Cinema series @San Francisco Opera

Part of Series 1, SF Opera production of La Rondine (starring Angela Gheorghiu and Mischa Didyk) will be screened in selected theaters next season. Dates to be announced soon.

Later on, part of Series 2, La Boheme (starring Angela Gheorghiu and Piotr Beczala) will be also screened in theaters in USA.

Make sure to watch the two trailers on the website of SF Opera!


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Signing session in Hamburg, March 27

In the foyer of the venue around 10:30pm, according to the official website and the website of Hamburg Staatsoper
All three performances of La Boheme (March 27, 30 and April 3 - Angela Gheorghiu / Giuseppe Filianoti / Katerina Tretyakova / Moritz Gogg / George Petean / Adrian Simpetren / Alexander Soddy - conductor) are sold out.


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La Traviata, screening in Bucharest, March 29

Grand Cinema Digiplex will screen La Traviata, the 2007 La Scala production (the one on DVD, with Angela Gheorghiu as Violetta, Ramon Vargas as Alfredo and Roberto Frontali as Pere Germont) on March 29 starting 8pm. Too bad they're not promoting their screenings. I found it by chance last week, when there wasn't even a photo. This cinema is far away and the tickets are more expensive than for screenings in other cinemas and the target public for opera doesn't necessarily surf the internet all day long.
Maybe they'll do more in the future.

Have a great, sunny weekend!


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La Boheme in Munich, sold out

Today Bayerische Staatsoper put on sale the tickets left after all those that applied and prayed got what they wanted. The applications were sent even one year in advance. 

So no surprises that La Boheme (Gheorghiu/Calleja), Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Villazon/Damrau) and Jonas Kaufmann's recital are sold out. They are all part of July Opera Festival.
There are tickets still available for other performances. But...

Two alternatives available: keep looking for returns. Or queue at the opera house on the day of the performance and maybe somebody will give up the ticket. Bayerische Staatsoper kept the old fashioned way to sell tickets, by application. You don't know what you have to do to get tickets. Apparently there's no rule. You have to be lucky. 

Congratulations to the happy owners!


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"Dos leyendas de hoy", interview in Cantabile magazine

On the occasion of Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna's concert at Teatro Colon Buenos Aires on April 11, the Argentinean magazine "Cantabile" published this interview. I mentioned it some time ago as it is also available online. But it's nice to see the layout in the paper magazine. It's the March-April issue and it's available for free. If you go to the concert, you'll find it. 

Dear Marcelo, thanks for the scans ;) Enjoy the concert!

Click on the photos to get the larger size.




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Tickets for concert @Teatro Colon now on sale

For those living on the other side of the world, the tickets for the concert at Teatro Colon Buenos Aires on April 11, 2012 are now on sale on the website of the venue. From 8 to more than 260 euro. 

Should I remind you what you're going to listen to if you attend? Should I ? Ehh....


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La Boheme @Liceu, March 16, with PHOTOS

This was my first La Boheme live with Angela singing the title role. And I liked very much what I saw and heard. Giancarlo del Monaco's production is traditional. Maybe too traditional, being very similar to Zefirelli's style. 

What I liked most...
act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3, act 3. Ok, you got it :) The sets (in the street, with some homeless people sleeping in the corners, the facade of the house on the right), the lighting (light coming for lamplights, early in the morning), and especially the voices. Each note built the intensity, created the tragic atmosphere, which made the perfect ground for the highlight, Mimi's Donde lieta usci.  Soft, lamenting, emotional, velvet tone in Angela's voice growing from the first line to the saddest goodbye possible: Bada, sotto il guanciale c'è la cuffietta rosa. Se vuoi serbarla a ricordo d'amor! Addio, senza rancor. (Pay attention, on the pillow there is a pink bonnet. If you want, keep a memory of love! Goodbye, without resentment). Yes, crying is allowed.
Lots of drama in this act. In the end, according to the length of the applauses, I bet everybody would have loved to listen again to the entire act. It was a-ma-zing!

Puccini though of sensitive hearts when he wrote the opera. So the drama alternates with some moments of happiness, which justify the paper fight in the beginning of the fourth act. Good idea, but way too many papers. It was a mess on stage. The bass drum note coincides with Musetta and Mimi's entrance. That sound suddenly terminates the fun and makes place for drama. Mimi is back but it's too late. Colline's aria, Vecchia zimarra, was so full of sorrow. Then the duet, the theme song of the first act, then... she dies. Whyyy? Not "why does she die", but "why did it end sooooo soon". 
It was a very intense ending. The tenor has the final line. His "Mimi, Mimi" should break the heart. For me it did about 80%. There's place for more. 

I disliked the fact that the conductor was booed at the curtain call. Maybe the audience didn't noticed his effort to keep everything together. And maybe the audience didn't know that this was his 16th La Boheme in a row with the fourth cast. I felt like he adapted very well. I said it many times, don't like it, don't applaud. Boo and opera don't get along, as everything here is extremely subjective.

Happy to be there. Happy that the audience at Grand Teatre de Liceu was so generous with the applauses after each aria and especially in the end, at the curtain call. Well deserved standing ovations for the entire cast. In my seat, dashing away the tears, up on my little fluffy cloud, away from the everyday life and deep into the magic of music, I couldn't think of anything else but how lucky I was to be there. 

Dear Angela, thank you so much for another beautiful evening!

Act 1, with Saimir Pirgu

Act II

Curtain call after act II


Act IV

Angela Gheorghiu, Ainhoa Arteta, Angel Odena, Saimir Pirgu, Carlo Colombara
Angela Gheorghiu, Saimir Pirgu, Gabriel Bermúdez

Final curtain call

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La Rondine at ROH, cast and dates. Plus other operatic goodies for 2012/2013

La rondine  
Giacomo Puccini

Dir: Nicholas Joël  Cond: Marco Armiliato

Cast: Angela Gheorghiu (Magda de Civry – 5, 8, 11, 14, 17 Jul), Ermonela Jaho (13 mat, 20 mat, 21 Jul), Vittorio Grigolo (Ruggero Lastouc – 5, 8, 11, 14, 17 Jul), Sabina Puértolas (Lisette), Edgardas Montvidas (Prunier), Pietro Spagnoli (Rambaldo Fernandez)

                              5 | 8 | 11 | 13 mat | 14 | 17 | 20 mat | 21 Jul - 2013

Check out the entire season! I was delighted to find some young, very talented Romanian opera singers included in casts for L'elisir d'amore and La Boheme

L’elisir d’amore - Gaetano Donizetti

Dir: Laurent Pelly  Cond: Bruno Campanella
Cast: Aleksandra Kurzak (Adina), Roberto Alagna (Nemorino – 13, 16, 20, 23, 28 Nov; 1, 4 Dec), Stefan Pop (Nemorino – 7 Dec), Fabio Capitanucci (Belcore), Ambrogio Maestri (Doctor Dulcamara), Susana Gaspar (Giannetta) 

La bohème - Giacomo Puccini

Dir: John Copley. Cond. Mark Elder/Alexander Joel.
Cast:Rolando Villazón (Rodolfo – Dec; 3, 7, 10 Jan), Dmytro Popov (Rodolfo – 5, 18 Jan), Teodor Ilincai (Rodolfo – 16 mat, 18, 27 Feb; 2 mat, 5 Mar), Vittorio Grigolo (Rodolfo – 9, 12 Mar), Maija Kovalevska (Mimì – Dec; Jan), Anita Hartig (Mimì – 16 mat, 18, 27 Feb; 2 mat, 5 Mar), Barbara Frittoli (Mimì – 9, 12 Mar), Stefania Dovhan (Musetta – Dec; 3, 5, 7, 10 Jan), Sonya Yoncheva (Musetta – Feb; Mar), Audun Iversen (Marcello – Dec; Jan), Gabriele Viviani (Feb; Mar)

And then we have, in brief, an all star season

*the Ring (four cycles) with Bryn Terfel leading the hostilities
*Leo Nucci and Placido Domingo share the title role in Nabucco
*Kaufmann/Harteros/Kwiecen/Furlanetto in Don Carlo (o-la-laaa... if you saw the online broadcast from Bayerische Staatsoper earlier in Januar, then this is one of the not-to-be-missed productions)
*JDF & JDD in La donna del lago (HINT: this one and Don Carlo run at the same time)
* Meyerbeer, rarely performed these days
*Thomas Hampson as Simon Boccanegra
*Renee Fleming in Capricio

Can't get to London? No worries. ROH takes care of everybody. The productions to be screened during 2012/13 are:

Swan Lake live 23 October 2012
Les Troyens November 2012
The Nutcracker live December 2012
La bohème live January 2013
Eugene Onegin live 20 February 2013
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland live 28 March 2013
Nabucco 29 April 2013
La donna del lago live 27 May 2013
Gloriana live 24 June 2013

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Angela Gheorghiu in La Rondine @ROH, July 2013

Angela Gheorghiu as Magda in the 2004 revival of La Rondine at ROH

Royal Opera House announced the new 2012/2013 season today.

It's the second revival of La Rondine, which was premiered in 2002 and brought back two years later, in 2004. On both occasions Ruggero's Magda is Angela Gheorghiu.

In 2013, Madgda's Ruggero is Vittorio Grigolo.

ROH is not too generous in giving details. They published the dates. Then part of the cast (Ermonela Jaho will probably lead the other cast). Now they have to match them. 

La rondine Giacomo Puccini
Dir. Nicholas Joël. Cond. Marco Armiliato.
5 | 8 | 11 | 13 mat | 14 | 17 | 20 mat | 21 Jul

La Rondine is not included in ROH's cinema season. Start making plans :D


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"Adriana Lecouvreur" on Amazons

The DVD is already available for preorder: - release date April 17 - release date April 16 - release date April 17

and also here:
Fnac. com - release date April 16
Presto Classical - release date April 2

The BLU-RAY edition isn't on Amazons yet. But it's here:
Presto Classical - release date April 2 - release date - April 16


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Something I like

The one and only, Martha. She'll be 71 this year and she's still playing. At Barbican next week and then mainly in Italy with Claudio Abbado. Isn't she amazing? 

Here's the entire Ravel's piano concerto in G Major, sometimes in 2010.

Have a great weekend!


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New releases and reissues in 2012

On sale starting April 16, on DVD and Blu-ray, on Fnac
Reissued, on sale starting March 26 on Amazon
Reissued, released on February 20, on Amazon
Reissued, released on February 20, on Amazon
On sale starting April 3, on Amazon

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Angela Gheorghiu & Stefan Pop, concert in Oman, April 25

According to another Royal Opera House. Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman (Arabian Peninsula).

Angela Gheorghiu and the Romanian tenor Stefan Pop, accompanied by "George Enescu" Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Bucharest, Romania. April 25 at 7:30pm. Check out the Official Website for confirmation.

Tickets on sale on the website of the Opera House.

With such a beautiful venue, this great upcoming concert and so many performances throughout the year (check out the calendar) we could forgive ROHM for misspelling a key word :)


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Program for the concert at Teatro Colon, April 11

Con la Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón
Teatro Colón, 11 de abril a las 20.30

Primera parte: fragmentos de Adriana Lecouvreur de Francesco Cilea.
Segunda parte: fragmentos de Tosca de Giacomo Puccini

Catabile Magazine also published two short interviews in the March issue. It's in Spanish, but Google language helps a lot. 

She says:
Es por eso que cada vez que me subo al escenario, comienza una nueva experiencia absolutamente original aunque sea la quinta aparición que hago en dos semanas para el mismo rol. Es un nuevo examen, una está otra vez frente a la gente, que siempre quiere que se cante para ellos como si fueran los únicos, que querrían que esa performance fuera especial. Así que al salir a escena hay que estar dispuesta a tener toda la emotividad que se puede dar, toda la entrega de que seamos capaces y brindarnos a ese público como si fuera siempre el único.

He says:
Efectivamente, con Angela nos planteamos la posibilidad de hacer algo que no repitiera la estructura tan tradicional de hacer arias y duetos, que es lo más visto. Esta vez queremos concentrarnos en dos óperas en concreto, ambas muy famosas y representativas; la primera parte será con Adriana Lecouvreur y la segunda con Tosca. Angela es la Adriana de nuestros días, así que creo que por eso es muy emblemático que cantemos este repertorio.[...] Y con respecto a Tosca, también una favorita actual de Angela, en el concierto vamos a cantar varias partes, tanto solos como a dúo.

Ok, off to watch Star Trek again. With such program, I must figure out how teleportation works.


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"Angela Gheorghiu dazzles in Washington National Opera debut"


Two more reviews from people who attended the concert:

The Examiner 
Washington Post


This one is the best of the few existing. Terry Ponick wrote a review for The Washington Times. He attended the concert and was obviously impressed

[...] Ms. Gheorghiu’s voice bloomed magnificently in the concert’s second half as she sang brilliant arias from Jules Massenet’s Manon and Le Cid, the latter an epic opera last seen here roughly a decade ago with Plácido Domingo in the lead. At once creamy and dusky, Ms. Gheorghiu’s instrument boasted an incredibly smooth legato tone and an astonishing range, extending comfortably into the lower mezzo range. [...]

The rest of the articles acknowledge the concert, citing AFP, with some additions.
* Can can, the only ones posting the photos from the event


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Last night in Washington DC

Photo @Anne D.
"Fab night!", as Anne told me. I had no doubts.

This was the program
1. Mozart - Overture from Die Entführung aus dem Serail
2. Handel - Ombra mai fu from Serse
3. Mozart - Giunse alfin il momento...Deh vieni non tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro
4. Herold - Overture from Zampa
5. Massenet - Vive amour from Cherubin
6. Dvorak - Song to the Moon from Rusalka

7. Berlioz - Overture from Le Corsaire
8. Massenet - Allons! il le faut!...Adieu, notre petite table from Manon
9. Massenet - Pleurez mes yeux from Le Cid
10. Ponchielli - Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda
11. Spontini - O nume tutelar from La Vestale
12. Catalani - Ebben? Ne andro lontana from La Wally

All the Things You Are
O mio babbino caro
 I Could Have Danced All Night


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Program for the concert in Paris, May 4

According to Les Grandes Voix website and Salle Pleyel website:

Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro, Ouverture –
                                           « Guinse al fin il momento »
Verdi - La Traviata, « Parigi o caro »
Donizetti - L’elisir d’amore, « Una furtiva lagrima »
Rossini - Le Barbier de Séville, Ouverture
Spontini - La vestale, « O nume tutelar »
Donizetti - L’elisir d’amore, Caro elisir »
Bizet - Carmen, Entr’Acte
Delibes - Lakme, « Tu ne savais pas… C’est le dieu »
Massenet - Chérubin, « Vive amour qui rêve »
Puccini - La Bohème, « Che gelida manina »
Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana, Intermezzo
Verdi - Don Carlo, « Tu che le vanita »
Puccini - La Bohème, « O soave fanciulla »

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano
Stefan Pop, ténor
Orchestre National d’Île-de-France
Tiberiu Soare, direction

Would this be the final program?
Because there are some beautiful arias on the latest CD I would have loved to listen to.


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