ANGELA GHEORGHIU AND CHARLES CASTRONOVO JOIN THE RTS ORCHESTRA AT THE 51ST BEMUS

“I was in tears. I had to go out. The girl is wonderful. She can do everything.”

 

Leading opera stars – soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Charles Castronovo – headline the opening concert of this year’s BEMUS, joined by the RTS Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bojan Suđić.

 

In the history of opera, Angela Gheorghiu shines as a rare phenomenon: not only a singer/actress with an exceptional vocal technique and profound dramatic and musical intelligence, but also a magnetic communicator who penetrates the hearts and minds of a panoramic spectrum of audiences ranging from demanding connoisseurs to informal congregations. She has brought the very highest values of operatic art to a vast worldwide community on an unusually broad scale.
Angela Gheorghiu made her international debut in 1992 at Royal Opera House Covent Garden with La Bohème. In the same year she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York and at the Vienna State Opera. It was in the Royal Opera House Covent Garden that she first sang her much acclaimed La Traviata in 1994, when the BBC cleared out its schedules to broadcast the opera. At one rehearsal the conductor Sir Georg Solti said: “I was in tears. I had to go out. The girl is wonderful. She can do everything.” The performance was also filmed and recorded by Decca. Newspapers and magazines noticed that “A star is born”.
Since then Ms Gheorghiu has been in constant demand in opera houses and concert halls around the world: New York, London, Paris, Salzburg, Berlin, Tokyo, Rome, Seoul, Venice, Athens, Monte Carlo, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vienna, Salzburg, Madrid, Barcelona, Moscow, and many more. All these performances and recitals have confirmed Ms. Gheorghiu’s status as one of the most beloved stars of opera.
Angela Gheorghiu was honoured with “La Medaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris” and she was appointed an “Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” and “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture. She is the laureate of the 2018 Puccini Award from the Puccini Festival Foundation which is bestowed once a year to performers from the world of melodrama whose careers mark memorable interpretations of the masterpieces of Giacomo Puccini.

 

Acclaimed internationally as one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation, Castronovo has also sung at most of the world’s leading opera houses such as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Paris Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Theatre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels, and many others including at the Salzburg and Aix en Provence Festivals.
Born in New York and raised in California, Castronovo began his career as a resident at the Los Angeles Opera. He was invited to join the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Development Program and in the autumn of 1999 made his debut at the Metropolitan as Beppe in the opening night performance of I Pagliacci.
His repertoire spans from the great Mozart tenor roles in Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte and Die Zauberfloete, to Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Nemorino in L’Elisir D’Amore and Alfredo in La Traviata. In recent seasons Castronovo has also won wide acclaim for his performances as the title role in Faust, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette, the Duke in Rigoletto, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Tom Rakewell in The Rakes Progress. He starred in the title role of Daniel Catan’s Il Postino opposite Placido Domingo in the work’s world premiere in Los Angeles, as well as Paris and Santiago.

 

The programme of the concert presents the most beautiful opera arias and duets by Bizet, Verdi, Cilea, Puccini, Gounod and others, as well as several orchestra pieces and overtures.

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