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Angela Gheorghiu at Southbank Centre, May 10

Happy to receive this newsletter. Good news travel fast. The concert is scheduled at Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall on May 10, 2013. Together with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a tenor to be announced. There'll be a selection of much-loved arias and duets from the great French and Italian operas. Elusive, but there's long time till May.

General booking opens tomorrow, October 31, on the website of Southbank Centre (20 to 90£). 
Happy shopping!

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VIDEO - full Chicago concert

The entire concert from Chicago on Arte website

Addio del passato (Angela Gheorghiu) at 34:30, followed by La ci darem la mano (Angela Gheorghiu and Rene Pape) at 46:10

Don't know for how long it will be available, so enjoy it while it's there!

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VIDEO from Chicago - La ci darem la mano

No sooner the broadcast finished on Arte, than this video appeared on YouTube. La ci darem la mano, Angela Gheorghiu and Rene Pape. No trace of Addio del passato but I doubt we'll wait too long. I hope for a better quality though. 

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Angela Gheorghiu awarded by King Michael I - VIDEO

On the occasion of King Michael I's 91st birthday, Angela Gheorghiu received today the Nihil Sine Deo decoration, a royal medal to award her exceptional merits in promoting Romanian culture. 

Pentru ca reprezinta un simbol al valorilor culturale perene ale operei mondiale, al devenirii prin educatie si cultura si al Romaniei peste hotare, pentru cariera sa bogata, pentru talentul sau exemplar si pentru maretia reprezentatiilor sale scenice, pentru bogatia rolurilor interpretate si pentru ca prin activitatea sa publica promoveaza profesionalismul si demnitatea omului de cultura. Pentru sustinerea publica a familiei mele, pentru intarirea legaturii dintre Romania si familiile regale ale lumii, prin reprezentatiile sale internationale. 

Because she is a symbol of the ageless cultural values of the opera, of the fulfillment through education and culture, a symbol for Romania abroad. For her vaste career, for her extraordinary talen and for the greatness of her performances. For the diversity of the roles performed on stage and for promoting the professionalism and dignity of the man of culture through her public activity. For the public support offered to my family, for consolidating the bond between Romania and other royal families in the world through her international performances.

Photo @Mediafax, which also released a report from the event.

Watch here the entire moment, starting at minute 03:00. 
The other two people that you'll see in the video are Ionel Haiduc, the President of the Romanian Scientific Academy and Mugur Isarescu, the Governor the the National Bank.

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Concert in Chicago on ARTE, October 28 will broadcast the Solti Centennial Concert that took place in Chicago on October 21. One time broadcast, on October 28 at 6pm (GMT+1). 

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AUDIO - Concert in Chicago, Oct 21

I listened to the entire radio broadcast (including Bartok's Concert for orchestra that I don't get to listen to very oftenof Solti's Centennial Concert that took place in Chicago on Sunday. I listen and enjoyed every minute of it because of the special, festive feeling it gave me. Addio del passato knocked me out. Just because. It's not a review but some feelings shaped in words. The heart doesn't need technical reasons. One hundred percent subjective, but because I couldn't see what was going on on stage my mind flew away, to La Traviata in New York back in 2010 when I first saw and listen live to Angela's Violetta. Amazing performance, unforgettable moments afterwords. 

Photo above, Angela Gheorghiu and Valery Gergiev, @Facebook. More photos from the concert on the link.

Angela Gheorghiu - Addio del passato (La Traviata)

Angela Gheorghiu and Rene Pape - La ci darem la mano (Don Giovanni)


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More photos from New York

Not from the concert, but from an all Romanian encounter at Carnegie Hall. At Weil Hall, Laura Tatulescu (soprano, photo. Debut at Carnegie Hall), Vlad Iftinca (piano, photo) and Matei Varga (piano) had their recial, Lipatti and His World, performing works by Lipatti (US Premiere), Enescu, Jora, Ravel, and Silvestri. As Angela Gheorghiu performed at the same time but in Stern Auditorium, they eventually met. 

I posted these photos to mark the encounter and to congratulate my four amazing Romanians that make me so proud on their performances. Thumbs up!

All photos @Laura Tatulescu

Angela Gheorghiu, Laura Tatulescu, Vlad Iftinca
Angela Gheorghiu and Laura Tatulescu
Laura Tatulescu, Vlad Iftinca (left), Matei Varga (right)

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PHOTO - Concert in New York, Oct 19

Found on Flickr. Angela Gheorghiu, Rene Pape and Valery Gergiev at the concert at Carnegie Hall New York on October 19. And there's also a short review on this blog.
Click on the title of the post to see the entire photo.

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Concert in Chicago, LIVE on WFMT

For those living in US WFMT might be a better option than our local radio station. Tune in at 1pm (Chicago time, GMT -5) to listen to Solti Centennial Concert held at Symphony Center.

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Happy birthday, Virginia Zeani!

All the best in the world to such a great lady of the opera on her 87th birthday! It was such an honor to meet her one year ago. Oh my, time flies. But I remember those gentle eyes and kind smile as if it were yesterday.

My words don't help too much describing the joy her voice brings to me. And how much I admire her very long career. I celebrate this day by listening to her many recordings posted on YouTube.

There are two very nice interviews taken recently (both in Romanian) that I invite you to read, on Simpa and Despre Opera.

Caro nome from Rigoletto (1955)

Duet in act II of L'Elisir d'Amore, with her husband, Nicola Rossi Lemeni (1954)


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LIVE Broadcast REMINDER - Concert in Chicago, Oct 21

Radio Romania Muzical will broadcast LIVE the concert at Chicago Symphony Center on Sunday, October 21. 9pm Bucharest time, 2pm Chicago time.
Tune in to listen to Angela Gheorghiu, Rene Pape, the alumni of Solti Accademia and Solti Foundation and World Orchestra for Peace conducted by Valery Gergiev. 


Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Strauss Don Juan, Op. 20
Mozart “In diesen heil'gen Hallen” from The Magic Flute- Rene Pape
Verdi “Addio del passato” from La traviata - Angela Gheorghiu
Mozart “Là ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni - Angela Gheorghiu and Rene Pape
Verdi “Bella figlia dell’amore” from Rigoletto
Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

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On the radio, November 17

Recorded this summer at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, this special interview signed by Jon Tolansky celebrates the 20th anniversary of Angela Gheorghiu’s international career with intimate and candid conversations, looking back to her student days in Romania

The interview will be broadcast on WXXI - Classical (Rochester, NY) November 17 at 3pm (GMT -4), 10pm in Bucharest for those interested ;) 
Put it down in your agendas. Live streaming available. 

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Weekend piece of advice

Had a bad, tiresome, stressful, why-do-I-have-to-do-this, never ending week at work like I did? This is the best cure possible. A hint: on Saturday there's the first Met live broadcast of this season, L'Elisir  d'Amore. Available in theaters around the world. I'll be watching it in one of them :)

Have a great weekend wherever you are!

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EMI boutique introduise TOSCA

Four days away from the official release, the online stores keep on promoting Tosca DVD and Blu-ray in their newsletters. EMI Classics France has the nicest design so far. 

In France, the DVD and Blu-ray are available for order on and

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Concert in Chicago, LIVE on Radio Romania Muzical, October 21

Radio Romania Muzical will broadcast LIVE the concert in Chicago celebrating Sir Georg Solti's 100th anniversary starting at 9pm (GMT + 2). RRM has live online streaming on their website. 

Angela Gheorghiu, Rene Pape and the World Orchestra of Peace conducted by Valeri Gergiev will be joined onstage by alumni of Solti Accademia and Solti Foundation


Mozart  Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Strauss  Don Juan, Op. 20
Mozart  “In diesen heil'gen Hallen” from The Magic Flute
Verdi  “Addio del passato” from La traviata
Mozart  “Là ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni
Verdi  “Bella figlia dell’amore” from Rigoletto
Mahler  Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
Bartók  Concerto for Orchestra

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La Boheme at La Scala - AUDIO

What do we have HERE?!?!

Fans never sleep. And they make other fans deliriously happy. Clicking on the link above you can listen to some arias from the premiere of La Boheme on September 26 at La Scala, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Piotr Beczala. 

Mi chiamano Mimi, Che gelida mannina, O soave fanciulla, D’onde leta uscìal tuo grido d’amore in act 3 and the finale from Sono andati? 

In house recording, collectable stuff for fans.

There are also three photos I haven't seen before. Credits: Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano

Enjoy! I did!


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Interview at Tosca DVD launch - VIDEO

Interview (5 parts, all in all about 50 minutes) taken yesterday during the Milanese launch of Tosca DVD. About Tosca, the  cast,   Homage to Maria Callas, Angela Gheorghiu's first masterclass in Tuscany in Summer, the world of divas, Sir Georg Solti and q&a in the end. Interviewer, Gianluca Bauzano.

Time to brush up your Italian. Enjoy!

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Concert in Amsterdam, Sept 24, 2013

On the occasion of the 125th anniversary, Concertgebouw organizes a series of concerts throughout 2013. Angela Gheorghiu will perform in Amsterdam on September 24, 2013. No other info available for the moment.

The tickets, ranging from 49 to 130 euro, are already on sale on the website of the venue. Before buying, I'd wait for a confirmation on the official website.

I've never been to Amsterdam. What better reason to go than this?

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Tosca DVD - launch&signing session in Milan, Oct 3

EMI Classics Italy announced on Facebook that the Milanese launching of Tosca DVD will take place on October 3 at 5:30pm at Feltrinelli di Piazza Piemonte (Wagner metro stop on M1).

According to EMI, Angela Gheorghiu will attend the event and will sign DVDs.

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