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Watch: Angela Gheorghiu on La rondine

The Romanian soprano speaks about one of her most difficult roles.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

9 April 2013 at 12.48pm | 7 Comments

Ahead of the return of Nicolas Joël's production of Puccini's La rondine, we spoke to soprano Angela Gheorghiu about reprising the role of Magda with The Royal Opera.

'I think it's one of the most difficult operas that I've sung,' says Angela, 'your voice needs to be very clean and very soft from the first note to the last.'

Angela pointed out La rondine's parallels with Verdi's La traviata: 'I enjoy singing Magda because it's the opposite to traviata. Puccini and Verdi wrote in a similar way - she's the same girl - but Puccini saves her so I don't have to die at the end!'

La rondine runs from 5 - 21 July. Tickets are on sale now. The production is sponsored by Coutts. Generous philanthropic support was given by Mr and Mrs Christopher W.T. Johnston and The American Friends of Covent Garden.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

9 April 2013 at 12.48pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Angela Gheorghiu, by Nicolas Joël, Film, interview, La Rondine, Production, summer

This article has 7 comments

  1. A brilliant soprano.

  2. Chris responded on 3 May 2013 at 5:29pm Reply

    A magnificent soprano in every way.

  3. Enrique Rodríguez Marín responded on 20 May 2013 at 12:45pm Reply

    Is a perfect performance. Congratulations.

  4. Adele Borg responded on 5 June 2013 at 9:30pm Reply

    Angela in my opinion is the best soprano ever, she is flawless, and anything else i say is superfluous.

  5. Ben Thrift responded on 6 June 2013 at 11:07am Reply

    I will be seeing Angela in "Rondine" for the fourth time next Month at the ROH so I think that shows what I think of her in this role. Mind you, Angela could stand on stage and sing the telephone directory and I would still be overcome with emotion at the sound of her fabulous voice!!

  6. JJToma responded on 4 July 2013 at 9:29pm Reply

    She is a terrific soprano. A gifted artist and a person of a rare sensibility...She is an Angel. What a joy to listen to her.

  7. Theodor responded on 18 July 2013 at 12:46pm Reply

    Brilliant, overwhelming proficiency ........

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