Angela Gheorghiu


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Angela Gheorghiu, “the world’s most glamorous opera star” (New York Sun), was born in the small Romanian town Adjud. From early childhood it was obvious that she will become a singer, her destiny was music. She attended the Music High School in Bucharest and graduated from the National University of Music Bucharest. She studied with the remarkable music teacher Mia Barbu. Ms. Gheorghiu’s magnificent voice and dazzling stage presence have established her as a unique international opera superstar.

She made her international debut in 1992 at Covent Garden as Mimì in La bohème and in the same year made her debut at the Vienna State Opera. She debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in 1993, as Mimì. It was at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden that she first sang her much acclaimed Violetta in La Traviata in 1994, when for the first and last time in television and operatic history the BBC cleared out its schedules to broadcast the opera live. Since her Royal Opera debut she has appeared at the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls around the world, her repertory including Mimì in La bohème, Violetta in La traviata, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Nedda (Pagliacci), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Charlotte in Werther, Tosca, Magda (La rondine), Marguerite in Faust and Adriana Lecouvreur.

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“…the most instantly recognisable and interesting soprano voice of our time, a liquid instrument of great lyrical beauty with gleaming “spun gold” high notes, but a dark, vibrant contralto range…”

Hugh Canning

The Sunday Times

“She is one of the most sensuous Toscas imaginable … [her] passion and beauty are ideal for Tosca, as if the best qualities of Callas’ and Tebaldi portrayals had come together.”


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