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Gala in Monte Carlo - Gheorghiu/Vargas/Tezier, December 18

Opera Monte Carlo announced its new season. The Opera Gala will take place at Auditorium Rainier III on December 18 this year. Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas and Ludovic Tezier will perform together in order to support the Foundation celebrating the memory of Ramon Vargas's son.
The Nice Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Philippe Auguin

Here's the presentation of the new season:

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Autograph, podcast on Radio Classica Italy

This week's broadcast of Il catalogo e questo on Radio Classica is dedicated to Autograph, the new anniversary box set released by Warner Classics at the beginning of April.

Lots of beautiful arias included in the 1 hour and 14 minute podcast. Enjoy!

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Tosca at the Royal Opera House, January 2016

Tosca is part of the Winter 2015/2016 season at the Royal Opera House.

Angela Gheorghiu stars in five performances - January 9, 12, 15, 18, 21 together, for the first time, with tenor Francesco Meli.

Floria Tosca Angela Gheorghiu
Mario Cavaradossi Francesco Meli
Baron Scarpia Samuel Youn
Angelotti Yuriy Yurchuk
Spoletta Hubert Francis
Sacristan Donald Maxwell
Sciarrone David Shipley

Conductor Emmanuel Villaume

The tickets go on sale on September 23 (Friends of ROH) and on October 21 (general booking).

It's the revival of Jonathan Kent's beautiful production, also available on DVD

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Angela as Tosca in Vienna, April 2016, all star cast

Oh, happy day! :)

The Vienna State Opera announced the new 2015/2016 season today.

Sort of breaking news, I must say. Angela Gheorghiu is scheduled to perform on April 9 and April 16 together with Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. Remembering the best Tosca I've seen, the one in London a few years ago. So I'll see it again!

There are two more performances with Angela as Tosca, on February 7 and 10, with Jorje de Leon (Mario) and Evgeny Nikitin (Scarpia).

You can already apply for the tickets.

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Autograph, inside the box

Autograph, the 25th anniversary box was released by Warner Classics on April 6. I saw it in Arcadia, in Vienna, but non of those boxes was open so I could see what's inside. Now my curiosity is satisfied. Each of the 8 CDs and the DVD has a nice cover. 

We have:
CD1 - Femmes fatales - arias from Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Manon and Manon Lescaut
CD2 - Puccini heroines - arias from Madama Butterfly and Turandot
CD3 - Daughters - arias from Simon Boccanegra, Rigoletto, Romeo et Juliette, Werther, Le Cid, Louise and Gianni Schicchi
CD4 - From Baroque to Belcanto - arias from Il Pompeo, Rinaldo, Paride ed Elena, Le Nozze di Figaro, Medea, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Norma, La Sonnambula, I Puritani, Anna Bolena, Lucia di Lammermoor
CD5 - Verdi: opera, oratorio and songs - arias from La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo, Aida, Requiem
CD6 - Verismo - arias from Pagliacci, L'Amico Fritz, La Boheme, La Fanciulla del West, La Rondine, Suor Angelica, Turandot, Andrea Chenier, Adriana Lecouvreur, La Wally
CD7 - French arias and melodies and Romanian Songs - arias from Faust, Carmen and Romanian songs and Christmas carols
CD8 - Angela Gheorhgiu - an interview portrait, documentary by Jon Tolansky
DVD - arias from Puccini, Verdi and an interview with Franco Zeffirelli

It's available for order on all European Amazons. The US fans have to wait a little bit more, the box will be released at the end of the month. But they can preorder already.

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PHOTOS - Opera Gala in Bucharest, April 4

The Mihnea Lamatic Anniversary Gala held at the National Opera in Bucharest, Romania, on April 4, 2015, on the occasion of celebrating Mr Lamatic's career.

Angela Gheorghiu
Gladiola Lamatic, soprano
Teodor Ilincai, tenor
Alexandru Badea, tenor
Dorin Mara, baritone
Mihnea Lamatic, base
Stefan Lamatic, base

Orchestra of the Opera House
Ciprian Teodorascu, conductor

Angela performed:
*the duet in the second act of Faust, the church scene, with Mihnea Lamatic
*the duet from Porgy and Bess, Bess, you is my woman now
*O mio babbino caro
*La ci darem la mano, as closing act of the Gala
*I could have danced all night, as encore

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Autograph to be released in US on April 28

The 8CD + 1 DVD anniversary box is now available for preorder on It will be released in the United States on April 28, a few weeks after the European release on April 6.

Hurry up and preorder!

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