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Angela Gheorghiu

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Angela Gheorghiu (born September 7, 1965) is a Romanian opera singer and one of the most famous and internationally acclaimed contemporary sopranos. A fiery and intense stage actress, Gheorghiu has a particular affinity for the operas of Verdi and Puccini, as well as the verismo school. On the other hand, having an impeccable musicianship and a gorgeous voice, she is also considered a great interpreter of French roles. She also performs and records the music of her native Romania, whether operatic, lieder, popular or Orthodox church music.[1]

The daughter of a train driver, Gheorghiu was born as Angela Burlacu in Adjud, Romania. Along with her sister Elena, she sang opera music from a very early age. At age 13, Gheorghiu went to study singing at the Bucharest Music Academy, primarily under Mia Barbu. Her graduation in 1989 coincided with the overthrow of Nicolae Ceauşescu, enabling her to seek out an international career immediately. Her professional debut took place at the Cluj Opera as Mimì (La bohème) in 1990.

Gheorghiu made her international debut in 1992 at Covent Garden as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She was offered Mimì in La bohème, an important and difficult role, but she declined, preferring something less ambitious. Nevertheless, she made an excellent impression and went on to debut at the Vienna State Opera as Adina in L’elisir d’amore and at the Metropolitan Opera as Mimi in La bohème.

In 1994, she was auditioned by the great conductor Sir Georg Solti for a new production of La traviata. When he heard her, he said: “I was in tears. I had to go out. The girl is wonderful. She can do anything!”. Really, her debut as Violetta led her to international stardom.

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