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Time to say.. thank you


It's that time of the year when people usually draw a line. To see if this year was better than the previous one, too see if what they wished for 364 days ago came true. 

All my operatic wishes came true. Either lucky or very well organized (and thank God for a very understanding boss) I managed to travel many times this year. The result? Imagine a box full of beautiful music, strong emotions that literally get me in another world, lots of Mi chiamano Mimi, lots (but never enough) of Vissi d'arte, incontrollable tears, the smell of the dust on stage, opera tickets, flight tickets, programs, the sound of the applauses, bits of dialogues with friends from all over the world, hugs I would never want to end, the kindest smile I'll ever see, the fluffy, white cloud I live on after each performance. The box is in my heart, full of memories dear to me. 

Dear Angela, thank you so much for all these. I'm so grateful that I don't have enough words to say it. Without you, without your amazing voice, my world, our world, would have been different, common and dull. Instead, as you do your magic, it turns into a colored and joyful one. I think all the fans would agree on this. I don't usually talk this much and you have probably heard this millions of times, but I thought it wouldn't hurt reading once more. And I truly mean it, with all my heart. I wish you so much peace of mind and happiness as you give to all of us!

Happy New Year!
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Something I like

There's nothing better than winter in the mountains. Clean, white snow and that cold air that freezes your face and makes the nose turn Rudolf-like red.

Happy holidays, everybody!















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Interview in Cotidianul - ENGLISH version


The interview was published a few days ago on the online version of the Romanian newspaper Cotidianul (read it here in Romanian). Angela Gheorghiu talked to Marcel Barbatei about music, emotions on stage, a new Auditorium in Bucharest, future projects and the magic of holidays . 
Towards the end of the interview Angela said I think there’s no greater joy, especially on Christmas time, than to give and to bring a smile on somebody’s face with a small gesture. So true. I spent one of the best Christmases ever surrounded by a big, happy family. I felt the luckiest person in this world. And I'm still smiling.

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What’s the price paid for your success? Is there any payback? Does it take a lot of your time?
I see things differently because I’ve been an artist since I was a child. My family and neighbors then my school colleagues in Adjud and Bucharest have always been my audience. Since I was 17, when I was Angela Burlacu, I’ve been working hard and kept the same constant pace. So I’m used to this lifestyle. I’ve never thought of doing anything else but this.

Travelling all the time, you keep in your heart the dear ones…
Exactly! I keep my family there, together with my colleagues from Art High School and Conservatory who are my brothers and sisters. We’re a big family. There are also some artists, both singers and actors, with whom I kept close relationships. When I come to Romania I’m like elastic, I want to meet everybody. I take my close friends with me all over the world and I fellow Romanians are always on my mind.

Things are working other way round too. More and more Romanians are coming to your performances abroad…
Indeed, there are more and more fans coming to see me. I had hundreds and hundreds of performances only with locals waiting for me at the backstage door. As time goes by, a large number of Romanians are waiting for me after the performance. Last time I was in London, there were hundreds of them. It’s an amazing feeling. They also bring Romanian flags, as happened in La Scala. Right in the middle of the venue there was a huge Romanian flag. In London, at Royal Albert Hall or in Hyde Park, people bring Romanian flags, they come close for me to notice them saying “Do you see me? Do you see me?”. Either Romanian or British, they make me feel special. There are not enough words to express how I feel. There are unique moments.

You had at your feet state presidents, kings and queens who appreciated you, who didn’t hide their tears and got excited together with the rest of the audience. How did you feel?
One thing should be very clear. When I’m on stage I never think of who’s in the audience. It’s impossible. If you ask me what my name is I wouldn’t know. That’s how deep I get involved in what I’m doing. I have the same reactions during the piano and orchestra rehearsals. I don’t sing differently for VIPs. I’m aware of the excitement only after the performance. When I’m singing I don’t know who’s in the audience. They can be people coming to listen to opera for the first time or connoisseurs. As personal content, I can tell you that the three days spent in United States, when I sung in front President Obama, were a fairytale. At the White House reception, beside me and Sting, the other guests, important artists and politicians, were only Americans. We were the only European “intruders”. When they saw my Romanian passport they panicked. Of course I was allowed in and I was very proud of that. There were many artists performing that evening. My turn came after about two hours. The audience’s reaction was amazing. At first I was just one of the artists. After I sung they let go. They felt my emotion; it was tangible, right there in front of them. 

They gave up being officials and behaved like regular people…
Sure! Take Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for example. At the end of a concert we prepared a surprise for Her majesty. Her husband had died recently and we thought of singing a formidable song, Jaques Brel’s “La chanson des vieux amants”. I performed it together with a famous Dutch actor with a great personality, Jeroen Willems. Sadly, he passed away two weeks ago. He had a heart attack and died on stage. I was very upset. Back to that concert, we performed half of the song in French and the other half in Dutch. It was incredible, one of those moments to remember for the rest of your life. We got close to Her Majesty both physically (we were 6 feet away from her) and mentally. It was beautiful.

You performed in real temples of music all over the world. Is it true that the building of such edifice (An Auditorium comparable to those from the other European capitals) is to be started next year?
I’ve been thinking of this for many years but I waited for my word has some weight. That time has come. This project is my idea and Mr Oprescu (mayor of Bucharest) agreed to get involved the moment I told him about it. I was recently named UNESCO ambassador and with the help of all my colleagues that came to Bucharest many times and didn’t have a proper concert hall to perform in, this project will be put into practice. I’m very fond of it and I’ve been dreaming of it since I was very young. One century ago, Soprano Hariclea Darcle and her colleagues are the founders of the National Opera in Bucharest. It’s my turn to use all my connections and to ask my friends to help as I did when I was asked, everywhere in the world. It’s time for Romania to have such a building. 

How would this new Auditorium look like?
I’m not the one to talk about architecture. I’m the messenger and the person to guide the forces towards the accomplishment of the project. Those who want to join me and Mr Oprescu are welcome. I’m sure that valuable people all over the world will share my thoughts. Romania is a country famous for art and music and will remain like this forever.

Let me tell you something else. For more than twenty years I’ve witnessed the developments in Romania. Mass media and especially the television created a fake motto: “It’s what the audience wants!” Do we have to set only one direction? No! People have to explore. I’m sure that many of them have never heard a voice like mine or my colleagues’ performing live. This project is one step ahead. It has to be created that environment to bring people close to genuine music, close to the artists who give so much on stage. 

Is your schedule for 2013 ready?
For the time being I’ll enjoy the holidays. I’m hardly in Romania at the end of the December. When I was invited to perform abroad on Christmas I always performed Romanian carols. I can’t stop thinking of the event at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. The Christmas service is very important there, it’s broadcast all over United States. I was asked to perform and I said “It will be my pleasure but only if I’m allowed to sing a Romanian carol, at least a cappella”. I did that. This is one of the examples. I want to sing more Romanian music next year, it’s a priority. I’ll have a recital at La Scala, accompanied by Dan Grigore. The program will contain lots of Romanian songs. I’ll also start rehearsing some duets with Andrea Bocelli. I told him that I have to sing at least one Romanian song, no discussions. In July I’ll be at Royal Opera House to perform in La Rondine. There’s also a concert in Paris... and many other projects.

I’m an artist and drama is part the job, part of me. For me music is a reality, is the passion I’ve been spreading since I was little to make people happy at least for a few hours, to make them forget about the daily life. If there’s music, there’s spirituality, there’s God…

Who let people give, share…
Yes, and I think there’s no greater joy, especially on Christmas time, than to give and to bring a smile on somebody’s face with a small gesture. I believe this with all my heart and I invite everybody to do the same.
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Sinteza zilei on Antena 3 - PHOTOS


Too beautiful. Way too beautiful.

More photos here










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Interview on Antena3 on Dec 20 - VIDEO


Available online (in Romanian) on the website of Antena 3.

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Angela Gheorghiu, special guest at Sinteza zilei on Antena 3, Dec 20


Good news travel fast. The promo on Antena 3 says Angela Gheorghiu is the guest of a special edition of Sinteza zilei on December 20 starting at 9:30 (GMT+2). If you're not living in Romania, Antena 3 has live online streaming on their website.

Enjoy!
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Guess


What? Where? When?

Did I get you or it's too easy? 
I won't say more than I saw this one week ago on display in the foyer of a place very dear to me.

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Solti: The Legacy 1937-97


Part of the centenary celebrations, Decca released Solti, The Legacy, available for order on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other online stores, as CD or MP3 album.

Track 14 on the second CD is Angla Gheorghiu's Pace, pace mio Dio, recorded with Sir Solti in January 1997 [studio], previously unpublished

Angela Gheorghiu / London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Georg Solti

This album of hitherto unpublished live recordings and rare and in some cases unpublished studio items reflects some of the most vital elements of Sir Georg Solti s life in music over a six-decade period, from 1937 to 1997. It is a centenary testament to his powerful presence, not only as a major influential force in the opera house and concert hall, but also as a discoverer and champion of the very finest young singing talent of his time. In particular it includes many of the leading ladies of opera he believed in and supported, and there is also a concert in which he joins one of his favourite younger pianists. Additionally, some of his chosen singers can be heard with him in a unique rehearsal document that has never appeared before.

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THE dress

Spotted this beauty in the Neiman Marcus museum in San Francisco. And fell in love instantly. Looking forward to see it again, on a stage maybe..
Have a sunny Saturday!
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Something I like, baroque music

It's not the type of music I listen to every day. That's why when I get the chance to listen to it live it's a real treat. Last week I had a large dose of baroque provided by the Romanian countertenor Florin Cezar Ouatu at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest. I enjoyed every minute of each aria by Handel (Rompo i lacci, Lascia ch'io pianga, Cara sposa, Ombra mai fu, Furibondo) or Vivaldi (Nel profondo, cieco mondo, piece that he performed again as encore). He also performed Gluck's Che faro senza Euridice, which happens to be my favorite baroque aria, both in countertenor and contralto versions. How did he know thaaat?
It was a special evening (photos proving it) with a difficult program performed with dedication and emotion. Looking forward to the next concert!
If I made you curious, take a look at these videos.

Vivaldi - Nel profondo, cieco mondo




Handel - Ombra mai fu




And a behind the scene video for a daring photo shooting for GQ magazine, coming up soon, found on his official YouTube page
Have a marvelous weekend!

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Angela Gheorghiu on singing, interview by Jon Tolanski


The 2006 interview was updated and posted on Hampsong Foundation website (click on the link to listen to it) as part of a series of interviews in which celebrated opera singers talk about their art. Lots of music to accompany the one hour and sixteen minute conversation

Miss Gheorghiu speaks about her life and career, her love of music and arts of many genres, and her interpretation of operatic roles and songs that have brought her acclaim as one of the most highly admired dramatic and lyric singer actresses of the last 100 years. Additionally, other distinguished musicians and music experts, who are identified during the feature, cast light on her very special vocal, artistic and theatrical qualities.

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Looking back in time


To someone dear!

I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me...


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Have a beautiful weekend!

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