September 07, 2015
Happy birthday, Angela Gheorghiu! The Romanian soprano radiant as ever at 50.
"When I recorded Madama Butterfly, at the entrance of Butterfly at first I cried. Even to listen to, the entrance of Butterfly is heart-breaking. Whoever is singing this role on stage is a heroine! How can you sing when you can cry for each note? [...] It is the most tragic opera I have ever sung in my life."
Star romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu describes the experience of recording her iconic Madama Butterfly alongside Jonas Kaufmann on Warner Classics, in an in-depth audio interview with Jon Tolansky made exclusively for her Autograph boxed set.
The collection gathers her signature roles - Violetta, Mimì, Tosca, Magda (La rondine) and Adriana Lecouvreur, her unforgettably sensual Carmen, the tragically abandoned Cio-Cio San, Norma, Charlotte (Werther) and even Turandot, on CD as well as on a bonus DVD revealing her dramatic prowess on stage and on film. A selection of haunting Romanian songs also takes us back to this top soprano's roots.
The 8CD + DVD box celebrates not only her 50th birthday, which finds her as elegant, charismatic and vocally seductive as ever, but also the 25th anniversary of her debut in 1990.