Live from Covent Garden

Live from Covent Garden

by Angela Gheorghiu



Angela Gheorghiu made her name at Covent Garden in 1994, winning rave reviews for her portrayal of Violetta in a production of La Traviata led by the late Sir Georg Solti. Of course, the Romanian-born soprano has been no stranger to the stage of the great London opera house in the intervening years, but this live concert from June 2001 was a special event. Surprisingly, perhaps, there is not a single flashy showpiece -- no "Sempre libera" or "Je veux vivre" -- only a string of delicate, lyrical pearls. One has only to hear "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's Rinaldo, for example, to appreciate Gheorghiu's star power. The tone is glorious: rich, firm, and smoky, with a generous dollop of old-fashioned feminine vulnerability. Her legato is as smooth as silk, yet she never merely skates over the surface of the music. Like Callas, the singer she is being compared with more and more often these days, it is the intensity of Gheorghiu's tone that burns itself into one's memory. Gheorghiu does not breathe fire as Callas did -- that is not her style -- but she finds depth even in a seemingly simple aria like "Adieu, notre petite table" from Massenet's Manon. And how many singers today can sing both the French and Italian repertoire with fluency? Her Louise ("Depuis le jour" from Charpentier's underrated opera) is just as ravishing as her Adriana Lecouvreur ("Io son l'umile ancella" from Cilea's equally underrated work). The audience is audibly mesmerized by her, and the feeling of electricity seems to emanate from one's speakers. Purists might want to skip the third and final encore, "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady, where the singer's rather thick accent is distracting -- a small blemish in an otherwise glorious outpouring of song.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2002
Label: Emi Classics
UPC: 0724355726421
catalogNumber: 57264


  1. Applause
  2. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor
  4. Manon, opera: Allons! Il le faut!...Adieu, notre petite table
  5. Louise, opera: Depuis le jour
  6. Turandot, opera: Tu che di gel sei cincta
  7. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo
  8. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Ecco: respiro appena...Io son l'umile ancella
  9. Norma, opera: Casta Diva....Ah! bello a meritorna
  10. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  11. Le Seceris, opera: Câte flori pe deal in sus
  12. My Fair Lady, musical: I Could Have Danced All Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Angela Gheorghiu   Primary Artist,Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
Peter Manning   Leader
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Sarah Brooke   Flute
Ion Marin   Conductor

Technical Credits

Alan Jay Lerner   Lyricist
Renato Simoni   Librettist
Giuseppe Adami   Librettist
Tony Locantro   Liner Notes
George Hall   Liner Notes
George Hall   Liner Notes
Henri Meilhac   Librettist
Giuseppe Giacosa   Librettist
Luigi Illica   Librettist
David Groves   Producer
Gaetano Rossi   Librettist
Felice Romani   Librettist
Philippe Gille   Librettist
Lorenzo da Ponte   Librettist
Arturo Colautti   Librettist
Giovacchino Forzano   Librettist

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