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The Grove Book of Opera Singers

It's a dictionary of singers and roles in operas. The 640 page book by Laura Macy was published at Oxford University Press, USA and released on October 2nd 2008. Macy’s new volume offers biographical and professional information about more than 1,500 opera singers active from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries. She explains in her preface that many of the entries are drawn from The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992) and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2d ed., 2001). Each brief article includes birthplace and date, education details, date of professional debut, and important subsequent appearances at major opera houses.
Both Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna are listed here. In fact, the page about Roberto can be viewed on

If you're interested in the topic, there are several books published under the title of Grove Books:
Grove Books of Operas - published on April 1st 2009
The New Grove Guide to Mozart and His Operas - published on Februari 27th 1997
The New Grove Guide to Wagner and His Operas - published on August 15th 2006
The New Grove Guide to Verdi and His Operas - published on February 26th 2007

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La Rondine on WGBH

WGBH presents its 10th annual Opera Bash, a celebration of opera on television and radio.

9:30pm on WGBH 44 – La Rondine - Saturday, September 5th
Soprano Angela Gheorghiu and her husband, tenor Roberto Alagna, offer viewers a rare chance to experience Giacomo Puccini’s attempt to meld Italianate opera with the bittersweet Viennese operetta formula. La Rondine ("The Swallow") is the tale of an unhappy kept woman who opts for one last fling with an idealistic young man, then returns – like the swallow – to her rich benefactor, sadder yet wiser.
The same station will broadcast the following operas:
September 5th
  • at noon - Salome bu Richard Strauss with Karitta Matila
  • 2pm - Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz with Susan Graham&Marcello Giordani
  • 4:30pm - Thais by Jules Massenet with Renee Fleming&Thomas Hampson
  • 7pm - Lucia di Lammermour by Gaetano Donizetti - with Anna Netrebko&Piotr Beczala

September 6th

  • 11am - Doctor Atomic by John Adams with Gerald Finley
  • 2pm - the makeing of of Doctor Atomic
  • 3:30pm - Beverly Sills - Made in America
  • 5pm - Orfeo e Euridice by Gluck with Stephanie Blythe&Daneille de Niese
  • 7pm - Madama Butterfly by Puccini
  • 9:30 - La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini with Natalie Dessay&Juan Diego Florez

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Rumours at the Met

There is a rumour. Nothing confirmed yet by the Met. But searching on the internet I found some interesting information about the future productions at the Met involving Angela Gheorghiu.
Tosca - with Salvatore Licitra
Romeo et Juliette - with Piotr Beczala
Faust - with Jonas Kaufmann and Rene Pape
La Rondine

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Summer Festival HD at the MET

Starting August 29, the Met will present its first-ever Summer HD Festival, featuring screenings of ten productions from the company’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series. The HD productions will be shown in Lincoln Center Plaza on consecutive nights—for free.
La Boheme, featuring Angela Gheorghiu and Ramon Vargas will be broadcasted on September 4th, starting at 8pm.

Even if people were scheptical in the beginning, this project, Live in HD in theatres around the world and the newer one, free broadcasts in Lincoln Plaza, had a great success. Great job. I guess it was a good investment. In this article mr Peter Gelb also says that concerts in the parks are not out of the question. But for the moment there aren't enough funds for this kind of events.

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Tosca at ROH

This article isn't new. But I got the page a few days ago from a friend of a friend who was in London and bought the newspaper. It's from Financial Times, July 18th 2009, "Life and Arts" section.

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La Bartoli goes online

So far she had a webpage hosted by Decca. Now, in honor of the new album that will be released in October, she'll have a web site. It will be launced in September and for the moment you can either register for newsletter or watch the promo of the new album.

Photo by Decca

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Puccini Festival

Big day today. The 55th edition of Puccini Festival is taking place these days at Torre del Lago, Italy.
At the Grand Teatro all'aperto Angela Gheorghiu and Vlad Mirita are singing again tonight, August 23rd. Good luck!

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Both say no

On Angela's EMI web page there are two operas listed. La Boheme in Zurich at Opernhaus on October 10th 2009 and Pagliaci in Berlin at Deutsche Oper on 24th and 27th of February 2010. I got replies from both operas. They don't know anything about this.
Both messages end like this: "I suggest you check our Website regularly in order to keep up with changes concerning the cast".
So, unpack and wait for news!

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L'amico Fritz ready for release

Deutsche Gramophone announced the release of a 2CD box of L'amico Fritz by Mascagni for October 1st 2009
Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra conducted by Alberto Veronesi.

It was recorded during the performance at Deutsche Oper Berlin on September 20th 2008. Angela herself announced this new CD in an interview in March 2009.

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Record box-office sales at the MET

According to the MET has established a new record sale for the opening day of the box office. More than $2,500,000 spent on opera tickets! Financial crisis?? Think again. Even if there were some major changes (Angela Gheorghiu shortened the run, Rolando Villazon withdrawn, Elina Garanca gave Les Contes d'Hoffman for Carmen) most of the tickets were sold.
I have to say that I contributed to that amount. And it was difficult to find some tickets. Armida on May 1st (the one that will be broadcasted) was almost sold out. On the first day of the sale!

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Anyone in Moscow or Singapore?

According to the official site, two concerts are introduced in the schedule.
1. 13.09.2009 - Gala Concert -The Barvikha Concert Hall, Moscow, Russia

Barvika used to be a village. Now it's a wealth neighborhood of Moscow. There is some imformation here. It's in Russian. The translation is below. The tickets are on sale.

State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia
Giordano Bellinkampi - conductor

2. 10.10.2009 - Opera Gala Performance - Esplanade Concert Hall , Singapore

The concert is listed on the official site of the venue. Marius Manea will join her on stage again. Good luck!
Even if on the presentation page it says that the program is subject to change, there IS a program (wait... on a second thought, this was the program in Munich.. or am I mistaken?). Tickets are on sale. From 68$ to 208$ (local currency)

The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden conductor
Angela Gheorghiu soprano
Marius Manea tenor

Verdi La Traviata “Parigi O Cara”
Catalani La Walli “Ebben”
Puccini La Boheme “Che Gelida Manina”
Donizetti L’Elisir d’Amore “Caro Elisir”
Mascagni L’Amico Fritz “Suzel Bon Di”
Verdi Luisa Miller “Quando Le Sere Al Placido”
Puccini Madame Butterfly “Un Bel Di Vedremo”
Puccini La Boheme “O Suava Fanciulla”
*Programme subject to change

Anyone going?

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One great evening in Munich

It's the first time I attend one of her concerts. She invited a young Romania tenor, Marius Manea, to join her on stage.
I travelled to Munich expecially for it. But because it was the Opera Festival, I saw one more concert - Jonas Kaufmann, and two operas, Otello and Luisa Miller, both by Verdi.
La forza del destino – Verdi
La Wally – Ebben? Ne andro londtana (Wally’s aria) – Catalani
La Boheme – Che Gelida manina (Rodolfo’s aria) – Puccini
Manon Lescaut - Intermezzo – Puccini
L’elisir d’amore – Caro elisir (duet Adina, Nemorino) – Donizetti
Cavaleria Rusticana – Intermezzo – Mascagni
L’amico Fritz – Suzel, buon di (duet Suzel, Fritz) – Mascagni
Luisa Miller – Quando le sere al placido (Rodolfo’s aria) – Verdi
Madama Butterfly – Un bel di vedremo (Cio Cio San’s aria) - Puccini
La Boheme – O soave fanciula (duet Mimi, Rodolfo) – Puccini
Gianni Schici - O mio bambino caro – Puccini
Muzica - George Grigoriu
No puede ser
La Traviata – Brindisi – Verdi

You can read the full report and see the other pictures here.

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Tosca - One cancels, one shines

This was my first experience at Royal Opera House in London. And what a night! Deborah Voight cancelled one week before the first performance. Angela Gheroghiu and Nelly Miriciou shared the part.
I went to London without thinking twice too see Angela performing in Tosca. It was one of the best decissions I've ever made. Here you can see how it was. Step by step.

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It took my breath away

Of all I've written so far, this is the most difficult. How should I put in words an overwhelming feeling?
Let's put it like this. Imagine that you want something very, very much. And you'd do a lot of thigs to be able to go seeing that "something". And then suddenly, it's in front of your eyes. That "something" for me is Angela Gheorghiu.
I was not sure she'll come to Bucharest. But she showed up at the press conference on Thursday and then I knew. The show was on Saturday. Fete de la Musique, with 1 week delay.
No sleep/no eat before the concert. I was extremely nervous. I gave up my seat in the hall for the first step in front of the stage. Even if for many people this sounds unusual, here it's possible and nobody asks you why you don't sit in a chair. What would she wear? What would she sing?
Some pictures and videos follow. Don't think that I spent all the time taking pictures. Oh, no. Not for a moment. The camera took the pictures almost by itself. Don't forget that I was seating on stairs. And had my knees as support for the camera. So, enjoy. With all my love.

You can find the pictures and the rest of the comments here.

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Bucharest - press conference - 29/06

......Who would have thought? She actually came to Bucharest for the Fete de la Musique show on Saturday, June 27th. Before being happy I wanted to see her in front of my eyes. And this happened yesterday, at the press conference for this event. A friend of mine told me about it and I said "why not, let's try getting in". It wasn't difficult. Some people from the press, some critiques and some of our best musicians. Mrs Angela Gheorghiu, Mr Ion Caramitru, the Director of the National Theatre where the event will take place, Mr Radu Beligan, Mr Dan Grigore, Mr Johnny Raducanu, Mr Horatiu Malaele and Mr Victor Rebengiuc. One of the few questions (sorry to say but I think that some of the people there didn't actuallt know why they are there and who the people in front of them are - so.. no questions from the press. related to the concert on Saturday or not. And this was sad. We wanted to ask something.. but we couldn't. We should have to introduce ourselves).... so, one of the few questions was about the program of the evening. "It's a suprise" Mr Caramitru said. Piano (the new Yamaha piano bought by the National Theatre), voice, poetry and ... improvisation.
.....Thanks Angela for coming. Now I'm not upset anymore. she said that she accepted the invitation whitout hesitation. Hope there are more and more events like this.

No comments for the pictures. I was so nervous that my hand were shaking a lot. Afterall, she was there, in front of me. Everything is here.

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