September 07, 2015

Happy birthday, Angela Gheorghiu! The Romanian soprano radiant as ever at 50.

Gheorghiu selected her favourite roles to curate the 10-disc 'Autograph' boxed set for the occasion.

"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.

Angela Gheorghiu: Autograph is out now.