World renowned soprano ANGELA GHEORGHIU, more than a Diva
Born with a humble background in the small town of Adjud in Romania, Angela Gheorghiu has not only been one of the top worlwide sopranos of all times but also a true celebrity. She graduated from the Music Academy in Bucharest and made her worlwide debut in 1992. In less than 18 years, Ms Gheorghiu has built an impecable reputation for her talent and her constant struggle for perfection.
At times, her obsession with perfection has also drawn criticism especially from media and music management companies. Rarely, one could come accross a disappointed loyal fan of Angela Gheorghiu, as they are all aware that every single move or decision Ms Gheorghiu makes is for the sake of her art and her unique reputation. Yes, she has cancelled shows or she did not show up at a rehearsal but there were very few instances which could have generated suspicion of a whim.
In her talent as well as her impecable image she represents what Meryl Streep is for the world cinema. Work has always come first and despite numerous temptations, none of the true Divas has ever played in a L’Oreal or Dior commercial. Much like Mery Streep, rarely do audiences know what brand they are wearing as their presence at any type of event is beyond the jewelry or the dress.
Along with her sister Elena Dan, she sang opera music from an early age. At age 14, Gheorghiu began to study singing at the National University of Music Bucharest. Her graduation in 1990 coincided with the overthrow of Nicolae CeauÅŸescu, enabling her to seek an international career immediately. Her professional opera debut took place at the Cluj Opera as Mimì in La bohème in 1990, the same year she won the Belvedere International Competition.
Gheorghiu made her international debut in 1992 at the Royal Opera House as Zerlina in Don Giovanni.She debuted at the Vienna State Opera as Adina in L’elisir d’amore and at the Metropolitan Opera as Mimi in La bohème. In 1994, she was auditioned by the conductor Sir Georg Solti for a new production of La traviata at the Royal Opera House. Her debut as Violetta led her to international stardom.
A soprano with a large range and a dark coloured voice. Ms Angela Gheorghiu is also able to sing spinto roles. She sang in her first Tosca at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2006. Her performance was an overall success, although because the famous Zeffirelli production of 1964 was replaced by a new production (which premiered with her), there was comparison between the Toscas of Gheorghiu and Maria Callas, for whom the Zeffirelli production was designed.