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Tosca, now in stores

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La Boheme #1, sealed with a kiss

La Boheme starring Angela Gheorghiu, Piotr Beczala, Fabio Capitanucci and Ellie Dehn opened last night at La Scala in Milan having Mr Zeffirelli in the audience. Lots of applauses, as I was told. The photo above @Angela's Facebook fan page. There are also many more photos from the dress rehearsal

I got a text regarding the performance that made my day : Angela was fabulous!!!! 

I had no doubts. J, thank youuuu!

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Gheorghiu: è il mio periodo «zen»

Il Giornale published today an article/interview with Angela Gheorghiu. Mrs Franini calls her "la tigre del palcoscenico" (the tigress of the stage). An unsuccessful attempt to be original...

In brief, the article speaks of La Boheme at La Scala, future plans including Manon Lescaut at San Francisco Opera in 2013 and peace of mind: Ho imparato qualcosa, nel corso degli anni. Ho capito che mi fa bene essere in armonia con il mondo. Dopo vent'anni di carriera credo di aver dimostrato qualcosa, e ciò mi dà un'ulteriore tranquillità 

The article is in Italian. Bing will help you reading.

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Tenor change for La Rondine at ROH

Bye bye V, hello C!

Royal Opera House made the change official. The American tenor Charles Castronovo will replace Vittorio Grigolo for all his scheduled La rondine performances and will sing the role of Ruggero Lastouc on 5, 8, 11, 14 and 17 July. For the same performances Angela Gheorghiu will be Magda de Civry.

Better? Worse? We have to go there and see, haven't we?

Booking for La rondine opens on 13 March for Friends of Covent Garden and 9 April for the General Public.

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Proms at the Palace, 2002, full length video

Found it and thought to share. For sure it deserves 2 hours of our lives. 

The event was in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II. It was held at Buckingham Palace on 1 June 2002 forming part of the Golden Jubilee Weekend. This was the first time that the Queen had ever opened the garden up to the public and heralded similar celebrations.

Performers included Angela Gheorghiu, Kiri Te Kanawa, Julian Bliss, Ashley Wass, Zenaida Yanowsky, Roberto Bolle, Thomas Allen, Mstislav Rostropovich and Roberto Alagna.

Angela Gheorghiu sings Vissi d'arte from Puccini's Tosca and later on Brindisi from La Traviata together with Roberto Alagna. 

Proms at he Palace is available on DVD.

Have a sunny Saturday!


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Tosca, my love

Grand Cinema Digiplex in Bucharest screened Tosca tonight, the 2011 ROH production starring Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. 

Promotional flyer, an A4 printed program on each seat, smiling people inviting us in, comfort, huge screen, perfect image and sound, around 100 people in the theater. It was perfect!

It's impressive to be able to watch the opera from so close. In the venue you never get that close to the stage so part of the movements, sights, details of the sets and costumes can't be noticed. In cinema, you have close ups. So many emotions, characters so well outlined, amazing voices. Tosca remains my favorite opera, from the first to last note. I could watch it over and over and over again. And I always think it ends too soon... Recondita armonia...Te deum...Orsu, Tosca, parlate...Vittoria...Vissi d'arte... Lucevan le stelle, the jump... pufffff.... finished :(  

I'm happy. It was a joy to see Tosca again, not to mention that it was brain healing after a hard day's work. Tomorrow if you want to talk to me just look up. I salute you from my white, fluffy operatic cloud.


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La Boheme in Seoul, VIDEO

Back to this La Boheme because this video was posted on YouTube recently. Footage from La Boheme in Seoul starring Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigolo, on September 1. Bits from each act of the production and a few words from Angela.


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Tosca DVD & Blu-ray on, Oct 22 also listed Tosca, both DVD and Blu-ray. Their release date is one week after Europe, on October 22. The DVD and Blu-ray are already available for preorder at the same price, $17,49 + S&H.


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Don Carlo. More than a like

You'd probably ask why I chose this as a weekend post. 

Because I attended this Don Carlo performance a week ago. And if I close my eyes and concentrate I can still hear Dio, che nel alma infondere or O Carlo, ascolta.

Because it was my first Simon Keenlyside amazing, touching experience and this man's voice is coming from another world. His aria Io morrò, ma lieto in core was... was... indescribably beautiful. I was pretty far away from the stage but his voice in pianissimo touched my heart. Sighhhh

Io morrò, ma lieto in core, I will die glad in my heart
che potei così serbar for I have given Spain
alla Spagna un salvatore!   a saviour!
Ah! di me non ti scordar!   Ah! don't forget me!
Regnare tu dovevi,            You had to rule,
ed io morir per te.              And I had to die for you.

Because Rene Pape was a true King, both in voice and acting. Both god and human being. 

Because of Krassimira Stoyanova's crystal clear voice portraying Elisabeta, a voice that I loved from the first moment I listened to live, back in 2009, in Luisa Miller

Because of the powerful sound of the Staatsoper orchestra supporting each voice. 

Because of the short musical motif accompaning Don Carlo and Posa almost each time they got on stage.

Three unbelievable voices that make me say again that opera is a glorious addiction! When I left the opera house I knew I wanted to see this again. And I will.

Hint: Don Carlo will be performed in May 2013 at Royal Opera House - Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos), Anja Harteros (Elizabeth of Valois), Mariusz Kwiecien (Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa), Christine Rice (Princess Eboli), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Philip II) 

And now some listening

Don Carlo at ROH, 2008, act IV - Simon Keenlyside (Posa)/Rolando Villazon (Don Carlo) - Che parli tu di morte...O Carlo, ascolta

Don Carlo at ROH, 2009, act II - Simon Keenlyside (Posa)/Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo) - Che parli tu di morte...O Carlo, ascolta

Have a marvelous weekend, wherever you are!


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Angela Gheorghiu in Moscow, December 16

The concert at Kremlin State Palace will take place on December 16 at 6pm. It's listed on the website of the venue and the tickets should go on sale pretty soon on Brush up your Russian and happy shopping!


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3rd anniversary

The blog is now 3 years old. Hard to believe that so much time passed by. At the beginning it was just another dot in the cyberspace. Now the counter marked 50% more visits than last year. 

Thank you for reading and many more years together ahead!


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Happy birthday!

Dear Angela, happy birthday! With all my heart, always!

The look changes, the emotions, devotion and care behind the blog remain. I've been knitting it for a while, but I waited for a special moment to make it public. The moment came.

Some new things:
*the tabs on top, leading to schedule, press, performances database and some of the official sources.
*HOME button also on top, for you to be able to come back to the home page after reading the posts
*you have to click on the title of the post in order to read the entire post
*the "search" option on top of the page is now working

Hope you'll enjoy it!


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La Traviata screening in Oradea, September 9

The recording of the 2007 performance of La Traviata from La Scala, starring Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas and Roberto Frontali, will be screened at Shopping City Mall in Oradea, Romania, on September 9 at 8pm. 
More info on tickets on the website of the venue.

Great initiative!

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Angela Gheorghiu meeting the Korean fans, VIDEO

Short meeting, shaky video. This was taken after the performance of La Boheme. It seems that the storm went away and everything went well. There's another performance tomorrow, September 2. Waiting for photos!


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