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The beginning

Somebody asked me recently what my first Angela live experience was. The place, the person and the way the question was asked brought back so many dear memories...
I remember that day as if it were yesterday. October 20, 2008. I first saw Angela live in Faust at Staatsoper Vienna. Back than it was an adventure for me to jump on a plane and go to Vienna to see an opera. None of my friends have ever done that. But I wanted too much to see her live to miss the chance. The rest is history. I could never be thankful enough for the way my life changed since then.

I have something I call "the bag of memories", aka a bag full of opera and concert tickets. I've never thrown away any of them. So here it is. The proof I wasn't dreaming.  For me it was an out of the world evening. It was... the beginning

Have a great weekend!

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VIDEO - surprise guest at a charity gala in Bucharest, March 25

Angela Gheorghiu was the surprise guest of charity gala organized at the National Theatre in Bucharest on March 25. Together with Dan Grigore (piano), she performed Ochii albastri-s dragalasi by E. Caudella and Mandrulita de la munte by G. Stephanescu. You should have heard the waaaaaaaa in the venue when she entered the stage! There were five minutes of joy, perceived as five seconds!


Ochii albastri-s dragalasi

Mandrulita de la munte

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AUDIO - Recital in Los Angeles on March 17

Something new, something blue, something touching, something joyful. My favorites! Enjoy!

Angela Gheorghiu
Jeff Cohen (piano)
The Broad Stage, Los Angeles

Martini - Plaisir d'amour

Chopin - Tristesse

Rachmaninov - Zdes kharasho (How Fair This Spot)

Dragoi - Crizanteme

Caudella - Ochii albastri-s dragalasi

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Angela Gheorghiu is The One

The One, April issue, is now on sale. The new photos are so beautiful! My boss, from behind my chair, was staring at this page. His reaction was genuine: she looks gorgeousssss! Yes boss, absolutely! 
This photo below is my favorite. It has everything: attitude, character, delicacy, elegance, strength, that this-is-who-I-am look Love it! There are three more, all new.
I browsed the interview (it's in Romanian) and the questions don't seem to be innovative. A sort of review of what happened lately. I'll read everything later on.

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VIDEO - O mio babbino caro - Recital in Los Angeles on March 17

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Sunday dreaming

Call me a dreamer, but I can't get the recital out of my head. After all, opera makes you live in another world. About one week ago I received a card which I'm very thankful for. It's the essence of what I'm doing lately. Dreaming big crazy dreams. And some of them came true :)

Bare with me. I'm in a cheesy mood. Have a nice Sunday afternoon. I prepared some surprises for tomorrow so stay close!

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PHOTOS - Recital in Los Angeles, 17.03.2013

The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, March 17, 2013
Angela Gheorghiu
Jeff Cohen, piano

First part:
"Le grillon" - J.Ph. Rameau
"Plaisir d'amour" - Jean Paul Martini
"Chant d'amour" - G. Bizet
"Mandoline" - Gabriel Fauré
"Tristesse" - F. Chopin
Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp minor Op post. ("Reminiscence")
"Nuit d'etoiles" - C. Debussy
" Zdjes' kharashó (How fair this spot)" - S. Rachmaninoff
"Son (A dream)" - S. Rachmaninoff
"Vesenniye vody (Spring waters)" - S. Rachmaninoff

Second part:
"Languir me fais" - George Enescu
"Crizanteme" - Sabin Dragoi
"De ce nu-mi vii" - Gheorghe Dima
"Mugurii" - Martian Negrea
Béla Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances:
  • I. Bot tánc / Jocul cu bâtă (Stick Dance)
  • II. Brâul (Sash Dance)
  • III. Topogó / Pe loc (In One Spot)
  • IV. Bucsumí tánc / Buciumeana (Dance from Bucsum)
  • V. Román polka / Poarga Românească (Romanian Polka)
  • VI. Aprózó / Mărunțel (Fast Dance)
"Cine m-aude cantand" - Tiberiu Brediceanu
"Pe sub flori ma leganai" - Tiberiu Brediceanu
"Bade, pentru ochii tai" - Tiberiu Brediceanu
"Mandrulita de la munte" - Gheorghe Stephanescu
"Ochi albastri-s dragalasi" - Eduard Caudella

"Vaga luna"
"O mio babbino caro"
"Non ti scordar di me"
"All the things you are"

Angela Gheorghiu and Jeff Cohen

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When the piano meets the voice - recital in Los Angeles - PHOTOS

It was my dream to attend one of Angela's live recitals. You know the saying, be careful what you wish for, it might become true. That's exactly my case. Out of the blue, it was a dream week, something you'd never believe. 

They were layers and layers of emotions, from the first note to the last one of the recital. The program at the Broad Stage included pieces by Rameau, Martini, Chopin, Bizet, Faure, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Enescu, Dragoi, Brediceanu, there was one hour and forty minutes of pure joy, four encores included. 

Romanian music is special, she makes it special because there are certain gestures, movements of the body, sights and eye contact with the audience added that give even more sense to the words. There are all kind of feelings wrapped up in music: happiness, love, sadness, passion, shyness all delivered with that perfect voice so dear to me.

My favs? Sabin Dragoi's Crizanteme (Chrysanthemums), Martini's Plaisir d'amour and Chopin's Tristesse. It's subjective, I know. But I'll never forget the shivers these songs gave me. The crowd rewarded each and every song with tons of applauses and flowers. I wish it never ended. And I'm so looking forward to the recital at La Scala later this year. 

Angela Gheorghiu and Jeff Cohen
Angela Gheorghiu
More photos to come soon...

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Interview on Classical KUSC, tonight at 9pm

Angela Gheorghiu talkes to Jim Svejda about career, recordings and the coming recital at the Broad Stage in Los Angeles tonight at the Evening Program on Classical KUSC. 9pm PDT (GMT -8 hours)
Live online streaming available on KUSC

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La Boheme, Royal Opera House, July 2014

The Royal Opera House announced the new 2013 - 2014 season. Lots of premieres, lot of revivals. Angela Gheorghiu stars again in La Boheme opposite Vittorio Grigolo, Massimo Cavalletti and Irina Lungu in three performances scheduled on July 12, 15 and 19, 2014.

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Tosca screenings in cinemas across United States, March 24

The 2011 Royal Opera House Tosca production starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel will be screened in cinemas across United States starting March 24. More details about cinemas and tickets on Emerging Pictures website

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VIDEO interview on Digi24TV

Angela Gheorghiu talked to Iuliana Ciugulea about professional life before her debut at Royal Opera House, about Mia Barbu, about the relationship with colleagues, conductors and directors, about challenges of performing the same role with different partners, about representing Romania abroad and many other things. 

The interview broadcast on March 2 is in Romanian. Translation coming soon


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Lady in blue

Angela Gheorghiu attended the gala screening of the movie that won the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival this year, Child's Pose, last evening at the National Theatre in Bucharest

Photo: Cristi Duminecioiu

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NEW - Two concerts in Barcelona, April 2014

2014 indeed! Only the artists should make plans one year in advance? That's what I call long time planning for the fans. Gran Teatre del Liceu published today the new 2013/2014 season

Angela Gheorghiu will perform two concerts joined by tenor Saimir Pirgu, on April 25 and April 28, 2014.

Preferential ticket sales from 22 to 14 June 2013. Ticket sales for all performances from 1 to 7 July 2013. Public: from 8 July 2013 at 9 am

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2013 schedule

The March issue of Opernglas dedicated a section to Angela's future appearances in Los Angelea (March 17), London (May 10), London (La Rondine at Royal Opera House on July 5, 8, 11, 14 and 21), Amsterdam (September 24), Milan (06.10), Frankfurt (October 15), Hamburg (October 23) , Munich (November 7) and Moscow (December 16).

All these are already listed in the Schedule section on this blog. Keeping on eye on the announcements for the new season at the opera houses in Europe!

Claudia, thanks! See you soon!

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