Artist of the Week: Angela Gheorghiu
Romanian Diva Returns to the Met After Eight YearsBy Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.)
On April 8, Angela Gheorghiu will return to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time since 2015. Recognized as one of the great divas of her generation, the soprano will perform in the iconic diva role of “Tosca.”
Gheorghiu last performed at the Met in Luc Bondy’s production of “Tosca” and she lit up the stage with critics raving “the color of her voice is gorgeous—her tone is smooth and full” and “Angela Gheorghiu Rivets With Complex Portrayal of Title Role.” Now eight years later, the soprano is not only performing in David McVicar’s classic production but will also be celebrating her 30th anniversary with the company.
Gheorghiu made her Met debut in 1993 in “La Bohème” and went on to be featured in live broadcasts and HD productions around the world. Her Met repertoire has included such iconic productions as “La Traviata,” “L’Elisir d’Amore,” “Romeo et Juliette,” “La Rondine,” and “Simon Boccanegra.” This week’s performances of the diva will be a rare chance to see the soprano in New York.
Gheorghiu’s interpretation of “Tosca” is iconic and she has two recordings of the role on Warner Classics, both conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.
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