Angela Gheorghiu Celebrates Her 25th Anniversary At The Royal Opera House

By Francisco Salazar

Angela Gheorghiu celebrated her 25th anniversary and 150th performance at the Royal Opera on Feb. 7, opening night of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur”

The occasion marked the first revival of the 2010 production, which Gheorghiu opened alongside Jonas Kaufmann and Olga Borodina.

A favorite of the Royal Opera House,  Gheorghiu had her big breakthrough in the house and around the world when she sang Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s “La Traviata” under Georg Solti in 1994. However, before that run Gheorghiu made her debut in 1992 singing Mimì  in “La Boheme” and also sang Zerlina in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

However, once an established star at the house, Gheorghiu sang a wide variety of repertoire including Liù in Puccini’s “Turandot,” Micaëla in Bizet’s “Carmen,” Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore,” Juliette in Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” Antonia in Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” Magda in Puccini’s “La Rondine,” Nedda in Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci,” Amelia Grimaldi in Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra,” Marguerite in Gounod’s “Faust,” and the title roles of Tosca and Adriana Lecouvreur.

She was also responsible of premiering new productions of “Faust,” “Tosca,” “La Rondine” and most recently “Adriana Lecouvreur.”