April 06, 2015

Angela Gheorghiu 'Autograph' boxed set out now with exclusive interview

This lavish boxed set celebrates 25 years since the Romanian diva's debut.

In 2015, Angela Gheorghiu celebrates 25 years since her career was launched with a performance of Mimì in La bohème at the National Opera of Romania in Cluj. She shot to international fame in 1994 when she sang La traviata, conducted by Sir Georg Solti, in a new production at the Royal Opera House in London. She retains a close relationship with the house and has performed and recorded regularly with its Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano.

With her voice of velvety and silk, her refined sense of style and expression, her beauty and her skill as an actress, she is established as one of the leading operatic sopranos of our time, especially noted in the Italian repertoire. Her most celebrated stage roles are Violetta, Mimì, Tosca, Magda (La rondine) and Adriana Lecouvreur. All these feature in her 8CD + DVD Autograph collection, as do many characters that she has not sung on stage, including Cio-Cio San (from her prizewinning complete recording of Madama Butterfly, made in Rome with Pappano and Jonas Kaufmann), Carmen, Norma, Charlotte (Werther) and even Turandot. Also included are a selection of haunting Romanian songs and a bonus DVD of performance extracts.

Drawing on the EMI, Erato and Teldec catalogues, each Autograph box focuses on a single artist, providing a biographical panorama of his or her career through a series of thematically programmed CDs and fascinating documentation. Each collection - which tracklisting is personally overviewed by the artist - is devised in collaboration with the artist in question, who also features in a specially-recorded exclusive interview. Illustrated with musical extracts to illuminate the artist’s life and work, the interviews are conducted by the distinguished journalist and broadcaster Jon Tolansky.

Tolansky, who curated the Autograph series, says: “We hear such uniquely telling insights from these great artists, and this enlightenment is further enhanced when Franco Zeffirelli illustrates Angela Gheorghiu’s especial qualities in the context of his invaluable comments about opera production.”

Angela Gheorghiu: Autograph is out now.