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La Rondine, available on iPlayer for 7 days


If you missed the broadcast this afternoon on BBC Radio 3, La Rondine (recorded last year at the Royal Opera House, starring Angela Gheorghiu and Charles Castronovo) is available for listening on iPlayer. There are 7 more days to listen to it!

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La Rondine on 3, June 19


On BBC Radio 3, of course. 

Opera matinee, June 19 starting at 2pm (UK time). Or 4pm in Romania. It's La Rondine recorded last year at the Royal Opera House, starring Angela Gheorghiu (Madga), Charles Castronovo (Ruggero), Sabina Puertolas (Lisette), Edgaras Montvidas (Prunier) and Pietro Spagnoli (Rambaldo).

Streaming available online and on air

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New concert announced, Graz, November 16


Musikverein Graz, Novermber 16, 2014

Angela Gheorghiu
Atalla Ayan, tenor
Tiberiu Soare, conductor
Symmphonieorchester Der Volskoper Wien

Tickets are already on sale on the website of the venue.



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New Year's Eve plans


Put down in your holidays agendas: Baden Baden Festispielhaus, December 31, 5pm

Angela Gheorghiu, Soprano
Tiberiu Soare, Conductor
German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbr├╝cken Kaiserslautern

Tickets are already on sale on the website of the venue.

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Gramophone Mag screen shots


The the June issue screen shots, thanks to J & A




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Recital in Baalbeck, Lebanon, August 3


Just announced, the recital at the Bacchus Temple in Baalbeck, Lebanon, will take place on August 3, 2014, as part of the Baalbeck International Festival.

The tickets are already on sale, on this website.


Here's the promo video

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Something I like. The everlasting La Traviata


Some evenings I get nostalgic and surf the internet listening to some pieces that are very, very close to my heart. La Traviata is one of my guilty pleasures. I have listened to tens of versions across the years. But the magic happened only once. It was 2010. It was at the Royal Opera House. That was my Traviata, all mine.

Among some of the most remarkable renditions of this opera is this one, a 1968 audio recording of a performance in Bucharest. Virginia Zeani is Violetta, Ion Buzea is Alfredo and Nicolae Herlea is Germont (starting at 30', my all time favorite, the second act). Such a beauty, everything seems so easy, natural, human, touching...


And a rare video recording of Sempre libera, also in Bucharest but three years before, in 1965.


Enjoy and have a great Sunday!

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