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VIDEO - curtain call of last evening's Tosca at the Met

A great success of the fist Tosca on October 29 at the Metropolitan Opera, as the reviews tell us. I read a few, I can't be happier!

Here's a curtain call video, as posted on the official Facebook page. It takes a few seconds to load, be patient :) Listen to the reaction of the crowd! I'm so looking forward to the live radio broadcast of Tosca on November 2!

Curtain call after Tosca, last night
Posted by Angela Gheorghiu on Friday, October 30, 2015

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New conductor for Met Tosca

Paolo Carignani will conduct the two Tosca performances at the Metropolitan Opera on October 29 and November 2, as Placido Domingo has some health issues. Hope he will get well soon.

Don't forget, the Tosca on November 2 starring Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Aronica and Zeljko Lucic will be broadcast live on Sirius XM!

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VIDEO - La Wally in Dresden, October 2

Here's Ebben, ne andro lontana from La Wally, performed by Angela Gheorghiu at the European Cultural Awards Gala on October 2, at the Frauenkirche in Dresden.

Angela was honoured with the European Cultural Award, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the German reunification. I'm so proud!

Kristjan Karvi is conducting the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic.

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Concert in Sydney, artistry at the highest level

The Australian acknowledged Angela's concert in Sydney on October 8 with a exalted review, matching the performance and the enthusiasm of the audience.

[...] In both “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca and “Sola perduta, abbandonata” from Manon Lescaut, Gheorghiu’s expressive intensity and impassioned immediacy powerfully extracted every last ounce of emotion from these Puccini favourites.[...] (Murray Black, The Australian)

Read the entire article in The Australian .

And also take a look at all the reviews published so far in the PRESS section

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Tosca in the new box set by Opus Arte

The new box set released by Opus Arte includes the 2013 Jonathan Kent Royal Opera House Tosca, starring Angela Gheorghiu (Floria Tosca), Jonas Kaufmann (Mario Cavaradoss) and Bryn Terfel (Baron Scarpia).
Antonio Pappano is conducting The Royal Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Available on DVD and Blu-ray on:
Presto Classical
and many others

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Live on ABC Classic FM Sydney, October 10 at noon

Angela Gheorghiu - I Live for Art is the title of the live broadcast presented by Mairi Nicolson on ABC Classic FM radio in Sydney, Australia.

We'll hear all about this life-changing moment and some of the other many joys and tragedies that life has dealt Angela both on and off stage when she joins us 'live' in the ABC Classic FM studios for Music Makers. And of course we'll be playing some of her recordings of the famous arias she has made her own, and roles that have defined some of the landmarks of her life.

This is the playlist for the show:
Un bel di vedremo - Madama Butterfly
E strano - La Traviata
Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix - Samson et Dalila
Poveri fiori - Adriana Lecouvreur
Vissi d'arte - Tosca

Listen live online on ABC Classic FM. If it's noon in Sydney, it's 8am in Bucharest. 

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Program for the concerts in Australia

I've been looking for it for a while. Reading the reviews, I managed to put the program together. But as fans are always watching and sharing, so here it is, as presented in the concert program in Sydney on October 8. It should be the same for the concert in Melbourne on October 13.

Part one:
La Pasix and La Rejouissance - Handel
Lascia ch'io pianga - Rinaldo/Handel
Adieu notre petite table - Manon/Massenet
Intermezzo - Manon Lescaut/Puccini
Pleurez mes yeux - Le cid/Massenet
Song to the Moon - Rusalka/Dvorak

Part two:
Aragonaise - Carmen/Bizet
Un bel di vedremo - Madama Butterfly/Puccini
Habanera - Carmen/Bizet
Romanian Rhapsody - Enescu
Vissi d'arte - Tosca/Puccini
Sola, perduta, abbandonata - Manon Lescaut/Puccini

And three encores: Granada, I Could Have Danced All Night and a Romanian song that none of the reviewers managed to name. Hope I'm right with these, they were briefly mentioned in some reviews.

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4* review of the Sydney concert

Only good words about Angela's concert at the Sydney Opera House last night. So happy for that!
The program looks great. Though I can't say I don't regret that arias such as Un bel di and Vissi d'arte were included only in programs for concerts on the other side of the Earth :) But hey, we'll have plenty of Toscas here in Europe to enjoy next year.

[...] In the second half, in Un bel di Vedremo from Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Gheorghiu used masterly control over vowels and carefully modulated dynamic control to create a sense of spaciousness.
Vissi d'arte​ from the same composer's Tosca, captured a comparable sense of statuesque fullness.[...]
The Sydney Morning Herald, Peter McCallum

Read the entire article in The Sydney Morning Herald

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Cast change, new Mario for ROH Tosca

Riccardo Massi is the new Mario Cavaradossi for Tosca at the Royal Opera House, replacing Francisco Meli. There was no official announcement on any websites, but my vigilant eye spotted it. Hope it's a change for the better, I'll hear it with my own ears.

Massi is scheduled to sing alongside Angela on January 9, 12, 15, 18, 21

More details, on the ROH website. Public ticket sale opens on October 21 at 9am (UK time).

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MET Tosca on Nov 2, live on Sirius XM

Good news! I was praying to the Sirius God to broadcast this live, someone up there listened to me.

Live on Sirius XM, Tosca from the Metropolitan Opera, November 2 starting 7:30pm (New York time). 
Angela Gheorghiu is Tosca, Roberto Aronica is Mario, Zeljko Lucic is Scarpia. Placido Domingo is conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Check out all the details here.

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Cast changes, new Mario for Met Tosca

Roberto Aronica is the new Mario for Angela's Toscas at the Metropolitan Opera on October 29 and November 2, replacing Massimo Giordano.

Also Zeljko Lucic will be Scarpia for both performances, replacing George Gagnidze, initially scheduled to sing on October 29.

Placido Domingo is conducting the entire run.

Tickets still available for both performances. See all the details here

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In the future, Manon Lescaut, Don Carlo, Otello, Norma...

It's what draw my attention in the new interview published on the Australian Limelight Magazine, ahead of Angela's concerts in Sydney (Oct 8) and Melbourne (Oct 13). 
I'm so looking forward to all these beautiful roles, productions or concert versions. It seems like a good plan. For sure I'll be there when they happen. 

[...] Gheorghiu continues to add new roles to her repertoire and says that there are more on the way over the next few years. In March this year, she made an acclaimed debut as Charlotte in Werther at the Vienna State Opera, performing the role again at the Salzburg Festival in August. Asked which other roles she has her eye on right now, she cites several operas: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Verdi’s Don Carlos, Otello and –  “maybe” – Un Ballo in Maschera. “Of course, everybody ask me to do Norma but I will think about that,” she says. “The list of roles is rather heavy still and I am happy about that.” [...]

Read the entire interview on Limelight Magazine website

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