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    Travels with an Angela Gheorghiu fan

    I'd seen Angela a few times in the past and despite not knowing much about female singers, I thought she was fine.

    I've seen her twice more, in my role of photographer-in-chief for my friend, and each time she's been absolutely charming. She engages with her fans and is happy to chat, unlike some other singers. I'm not saying being nice to fans means you're a nice person but on the occasions I've met her, she's been delightful.

    In La Rondine when Magda supposedly writes 'Pauletta' on the tablecloth, Angela actually writes 'Angela' and says 'Angela' under her breath. We were at the front so we saw and heard it.

    When we met her afterwards I asked if she'd actually written and said 'Angela' and she laughed and said "of course"



    And demonstrated!



    Listening to my friend saying how much she'd enjoyed the performance

    ROH don't allow fans to pile in to the lobby at the Stage Door any more so after La bohme, we duly waited outside to be allowed in for autographs and photos.

    My friend had learned a few words in Romanian and when our turn came, she was able to tell Angela, in her own language, how much she'd enjoyed the performance.



    Listening to my friend's halting Romanian (taken through glass)

    After the signing session, and not wanting to go back to the hotel, we hung around outside the Stage Door. When Vittorio left we asked if we could have a photo with him and he dragged us back into the lobby,



    and obliged.


    The only artist yet to leave was Angela and the ROH staff let us stay in the lobby.

    When Angela came through the security door I asked if I could take a photo with my friend and she said "of course". I didn't use flash thinking it would be too harsh and she remonstrated with me! She told me I must use flash, then winked and said "I know this building!"



    And this is the result
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    What a wonderful story, Annie! This is a side of Angela that I think many people often don't hear about.

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    Nice, it's good to know that Angela is so pleasant with her fans, unlike her reputation would indicate. One then wonders if her reputation is colossally unfair to her. Maybe she is a lot nicer than people assume. Lovely pics, Annie!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I am always impressed how easily Sospiro is able to meet and mingle with the biggest stars of ROH.....

    Just curious how many other fans are waiting in the same area and how long does Draculette stay around to mingle with her fans? Very sharply dressed, check those shoes/heels, the one lifted leg is very photogenic pose.......

    One problem with being the "official picture taker" is your friends get in all the prime time pictures. ha ha

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    Regarding her reputation, there is this aria called "la Colunnia" (or something like that) from a 19th century musical that addresses the concept ...

    I'm not much on gossip/hearsay stuff. I do get a lot of enjoyment from the DVDs we have in which she sings.

    Kudos to Miz Annie for the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    I am always impressed how easily Sospiro is able to meet and mingle with the biggest stars of ROH.....
    The only thing you really require is patience!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Just curious how many other fans are waiting in the same area and how long does Draculette stay around to mingle with her fans? Very sharply dressed, check those shoes/heels, the one lifted leg is very photogenic pose.......
    There were probably about 150 fans waiting and we queued up in the street outside the Stage Door. They put the big stars in the Stage Door office and let fans in a few at a time for their photos and autographs. The not-so-big stars just wander around outside chatting to anyone who recognises them.

    The opera finished at 10:30 and you can see in the photo it was 11:40 and they'd only just started letting us in. Angela and Vittorio signed for about 1 hours, until everyone had had their turn and then went back inside the opera house. We hung around for about 30 minutes hoping we'd see them again and our patience was rewarded. All the other fans had left. Vittorio was with his friends and it was his friend who took our photo. Then Angela appeared with her daughter, her mum, her new man and a few friends. When I asked for the photo, she gestured to her entourage to go on ahead so there was just Angela, my friend and I left inside the Stage Door. It was very special.

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    One problem with being the "official picture taker" is your friends get in all the prime time pictures. ha ha
    We have 'an arrangement' She's my photographer when we go and see Simon Keenlyside and she'll be my photographer on our trip to Warsaw this weekend.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGerald View Post
    Regarding her reputation, there is this aria called "la Colunnia" (or something like that) from a 19th century musical that addresses the concept ...

    I'm not much on gossip/hearsay stuff. I do get a lot of enjoyment from the DVDs we have in which she sings.

    Kudos to Miz Annie for the post.
    Thank you. It was great fun.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    The opera finished at 10:30 and you can see in the photo it was 11:40 and they'd only just started letting us in. Angela and Vittorio signed for about 1 hours, until everyone had had their turn and then went back inside the opera house. We hung around for about 30 minutes hoping we'd see them again and our patience was rewarded. All the other fans had left. Vittorio was with his friends and it was his friend who took our photo. Then Angela appeared with her daughter, her mum, her new man and a few friends. When I asked for the photo, she gestured to her entourage to go on ahead so there was just Angela, my friend and I left inside the Stage Door. It was very special.
    We have 'an arrangement' She's my photographer when we go and see Simon Keenlyside and she'll be my photographer on our trip to Warsaw this weekend.

    I didn't realize the big opera stars spent that much time with their fans after a performance, they must be real people just like us!

    Some great little details, I really like Angela more after your story, our darling draculette

    You know you have reached stardom when you have an "entourage" in tow

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    I am invited, to go to Amsterdam next week to see Miss Gheorghiu.
    I saw her last in the 90 ties together with her husband.
    This is the program:


    Musici
    Angela Gheorghiu (sopraan)
    Marius Vlad Budoiu (tenor)
    Het Gelders Orkest
    Tiberiu Soare (dirigent)
    Programma
    Saint-Sans - Bacchanale (uit 'Samson et Dalila', op. 47)
    Puccini - Tu, che di gel sei cinta (uit 'Turandot')
    Mascagni - Suzel, buon d (uit 'L'amico Fritz')
    Leoncavallo - Vesti la giubba (uit 'Pagliacci')
    Bizet - Entr'acte (uit 'Carmen')
    Verdi - Ave Maria (uit 'Otello')
    Verdi - Dio, mi potevi scagliar (uit 'Otello')
    Verdi - Gi nella notte densa (uit 'Otello')
    Dvořk - Slavische dans in C (uit 'Slavische dansen', op. 46)
    Cilea - Ecco, respiro appena (uit 'Adriana Lecouvreur')
    Cilea - Ma, dunque, vero? (uit 'Adriana Lecouvreur')
    Wagner - In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten (uit 'Lohengrin')
    Tsjaikovski - Polonaise (uit 'Jevgeni Onegin', op. 24)
    Lehr - Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (uit 'Das Land des Lchelns')
    Catalani - Ebben? Ne andr lontana (uit 'La Wally')
    Puccini - O soave fanciulla (uit 'La bohme')

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    I wonder if OperaLively members would be so kind as to post their favorite Angela Gheorghiu recordings here? I might want to pick up some more as I am really thrilled by her Romeo and Juliet and her Traviata.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I wonder if OperaLively members would be so kind as to post their favorite Angela Gheorghiu recordings here? I might want to pick up some more as I am really thrilled by her Romeo and Juliet and her Traviata.
    I think you've chosen the best ones, particularly the Romo et Julliette, which is excellently cast all round. The Traviata is somewhat let down by its conductor and the rest of the cast.

    I like her in Werther as well, though she is not really my favourite element of that recording. She makes a very creditable Charlotte, but I can't get away from feeling the role lies a little low for her. Of Charlottes on disc, I think Von Stade would be my favourite.
    "If the public could understand, as we do, how deeply and utterly musical Callas is, they would be stunned." Victor De Sabata

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    Maybe I'll check out Werther, but it sounds like a dreadful story.

    I forgot, I have another Gheorghiu set. L'Amico Fritz!
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Maybe I'll check out Werther, but it sounds like a dreadful story.

    I forgot, I have another Gheorghiu set. L'Amico Fritz!
    Well it's based on Goethe, and uber-Romantic. Young men literally dying for love was a recurring theme in Romantic literature.
    "If the public could understand, as we do, how deeply and utterly musical Callas is, they would be stunned." Victor De Sabata

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    I can definitely recommend the CD recording of Madama Butterfly (Sir Tony Pappano conducts), and video recordings of Tosca and Adriana Lecouvreur.

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