Angela Gheorghiu Wants to Sing ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ & ‘Fedora’ at the Met; Gelb Doesn’t Commit

By Francisco Salazar

In anticipation of her return to the Metropolitan Opera, Angela Gheorghiu noted that she did not want “Tosca” to be her final production with the company.

In an interview with the New York Times, the soprano said that she would love to sing “Adriana Lecouvreur” and “Fedora.”

She said, “I feel home here. I really adore each centimeter: the dust, the smell, the sweating onstage, the costumes, the atmosphere in rehearsal. So I had some friendly discussion with Peter, and I feel like, of course, give me this, then what else? Let’s see how this goes.”

However, Gelb did not commit at the end of the interview, “but I’ve always admired her and I always will admire her. She’s part of opera history, and part of opera history at the Met.”

The soprano also detailed that General Manager Peter Gelb had offered her only one performance of “Tosca” this season and she declined. She stated, “I don’t know what was on his mind. First of all, he offered me one performance. And I said, for one performance, I will not come. Just one? Come on. I would spend it all on my flight! And of course I need a hotel. So, two.”

She added that she eventually accepted two because she has a fanbase in New York and she loves the city and theater.

The interview also noted that the last time Gheorghiu performed at the Met in 2015, Gelb was not so thrilled. “When she was last here, there were mixed results. Like many members of the audience, she did not like the Luc Bondy production, and she decided to do her own staging. So she kind of defied the directorial team; she sort of went off the reservation.” According to the New York Times piece, Gheorghiu is also working with her own instincts for this revival of David McVicar’s production.

Gheorghiu returns to the Met on April 8 and 12, 2023.