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Offline Sarastro

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Angela Gheorghiu 20 years ago
« on: December 29, 2008, 04:38:24 AM »
Unbelievable! That is how Angela Burlacu sang in 1988. Despite the accent, sung is almost flawless - silvery colour, warbling tone. Very sincerely and tenderly performed, full of sense commitment and musicality. Where has everything gone? Imho, she now sounds flat, over-mature and simply boring. Not that bad, of course, but after such a rendition I could've thought she would become a brilliant singer equal to those of the Golden Age of Opera. Very sad.

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Re: Angela Gheorghiu 20 years ago
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008, 05:26:22 AM »
Where has everything gone?
Stardom, jetsetting, overexposure, moneymaking deals, wrong roles, shopping, glamour.....take your pick.

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Re: Angela Gheorghiu 20 years ago
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2008, 05:40:49 AM »
Wow...that is beautiful singing

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Re: Angela Gheorghiu 20 years ago
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2008, 01:56:42 AM »
Yes, very beautiful and direct, honest singing. She has all the technique needed and absorbed the specific style here, eliding between some notes, but not others. She is nevertheless still a very good singer and well able to engage with the role.

I think AG's reputation has been damaged more by her diva attitudes than by her actual singing. I agree however that we might have expected greater things.

This reminds me of Tebaldi; a singer I have never found at all interesting. When I was in Italy I came across some of her very earliest recordings. There was the communication I subsequently found wanting. The voice more individual, the drama more ear catching. Then, once famous suddenly she seemed to become a voice machine, boring, manered in the way she overlaid the singing with stock dramatic gesture. What a great pity.


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Re: Angela Gheorghiu
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2016, 03:46:29 AM »
This is just too hilarious to be true - "living opera" (posted on two sites):

Kaufmann got to sing "lucevan le stelle" twice with some lengthy applause. Meanwhile, Tosca got lost in the wings.

The video clip originally comes from La Stampa: "We don't have a soprano!"

A Vienna “Tosca” inizia senza Tosca. Risate, commenti e imbarazzo in sala
È successo alla Staatsoper. E il tenore canta: “Non abbiamo il soprano”
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Re: Angela Gheorghiu 20 years ago
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2016, 12:08:36 PM »
Well, her tickets sell well. Similar to another soprano Anna Netrebko, I couldn't decide which one got worse taste until I saw this clip:

Horrible taste on both singing and dressing. Wondering what's wrong with Londoners nowadays.