Live from Covent Garden

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
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.
All Music Guide - John Bush
After her 1994 performance of La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden introduced her to opera fans around the world. Angela Gheorghiu returned several years later for a more diverse program, encompassing the music of Handel, Mozart, Puccini, and Bellini, among others. Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, under the baton of Ion Marin, Gheorghiu proves that her startling ascendance in opera circles was no fluke; she tackles tough material but carries it all off, highlighted by her performances of "Porgi, Amor" from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and "Un Bel Di, Vedremo" from Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
Gramophone - Hugh Canning
The dulcit timbre of [Gheorghiu's] instantly recognizable voice and stage experiece of Puccini's Turandot make something special of Liu's "Tu, che di gel sei cinta" with exquisitely floated high pianissimos.
BBC Music Magazine - Claire Wrathall
Sopranos don't come any starrier than Angela Gheorghiu, and this live recital is a fabulous showcase for her considerable talents.
Opera News
To every number, Gheorghiu brings abundant breath, burnished tone and a compelling combination of agility and heft.... For a quick course in the old-fashioned art of opera stardom, 21st-century-style, Live from Covent Garden can hardly be beat

The dulcit timbre of [Gheorghiu's] instantly recognizable voice and stage experiece of Puccini's Turandot make something special of Liu's "Tu, che di gel sei cinta" with exquisitely floated high pianissimos.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/2002
  • Label: Emi Classics
  • UPC: 724355726421
  • Catalog Number: 57264

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Applause - Recorded Sound
  2. 2 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga - Ion Marin & George Frideric Handel
  3. 3 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Ion Marin
  4. 4 Manon, opera: Allons! Il le faut!...Adieu, notre petite table - Jules Massenet & Ion Marin
  5. 5 Louise, opera: Depuis le jour - Gustave Charpentier & Ion Marin
  6. 6 Turandot, opera: Tu che di gel sei cincta - Ion Marin & Giacomo Puccini
  7. 7 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì vedremo - Ion Marin & Giacomo Puccini
  8. 8 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Ecco: respiro appena...Io son l'umile ancella - Ion Marin & Francesco Cilèa
  9. 9 Norma, opera: Casta Diva....Ah! bello a meritorna - Ion Marin & Vicenzo Bellini
  10. 10 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Ion Marin & Giacomo Puccini
  11. 11 Le Seceris, opera: Câte flori pe deal in sus - Ion Marin & Tiberiu Brediceanu
  12. 12 My Fair Lady, musical: I Could Have Danced All Night - Ion Marin & Frederick Loewe
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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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