March 01, 2017
Angela Gheorghiu returns to Warner Classics with long-awaited verismo album
Star soprano Angela Gheorghiu has partnered once again with longtime label Warner Classics for her first new opera recital album in six years.
Eternamente, due for release in the autumn of 2017, was recorded in December last year in Prague and showcases the Romanian-born diva’s voice in the Italian verismo repertoire for which she has been famed since her Royal Opera House debut in London 25 years ago. The title is drawn from a little-known aria of the same name by Angelo Mascheroni, heard alongside some of the most celebrated moments in the genre which Gheorghiu has sung to great acclaim onstage – including Puccini’s Vissi d’arte from her signature role, Tosca.
“I’m very glad to record a new album of verismo arias,” said Miss Gheorghiu. “It’s the music that is best suited to my voice. I waited a long time to record this beautiful repertoire with the PFK-Prague Philharmonia with maestro Emmanuel Villaume. We had a wonderful time together.”
Alain Lanceron, President, Warner Classics & Erato, said: “Angela Gheorghiu had not recorded a recital since her Homage to Maria Callas more than six years ago. At last she has returned to the studio in the repertoire closest to her heart. This will be without doubt one of the most highly-anticipated releases of the season, and one Warner Classics is particularly proud to present.”
“Angela Gheorghiu is one of the last true divas,” added Jean-Philippe Rolland, EVP of Artists & Repertoire at Warner Classics, “It’s not only thanks to her bewitching ebony vocal colour, but also to her innate glamour and charisma that she has remained at the height of her powers throughout a long and illustrious career. Hers is an eternal voice, and with Eternamente she has delivered the album opera fans have been waiting for.”
Angela Gheorghiu revealed the first details of the album this week in a video message to coincide with her 150th performance at Covent Garden, where she has been singing the title role of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur in the Royal Opera House’s David McVicar production. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the soprano’s breakthrough debut on that very same stage; Warner Classics celebrated this milestone with the release of a seven-album collection of Angela Gheorghiu’s Complete Recitals.
Photo: Angela Gheorghiu with Alain Lanceron, president of Warner Classics & Erato (courtesy of Neil Gillespie / Royal Opera House)