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Angela Gheorghiu

Angela Gheorghiu, acclaimed as one of the greatest singing stars of our time, was born in Adjud, Romania, and from early childhood it was clear that her destiny was to be in music. She attended music school and graduated from the National University of Music in Bucharest, where her mentor for singing studies was Mia Barbu. 

Angela Gheorghiu made her international debut in 1992 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in La bohème, followed by New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna State Opera. It was at Covent Garden that she first sang her much acclaimed La traviata, conducted by Sir Georg Solti in 1994, when the BBC cleared its TV schedule to broadcast the opera in live transmission. Since then, Angela Gheorghiu has been in constant demand in opera houses and concert halls around the world: New York, Philadelphia, London, Paris, Salzburg, Berlin, Tokyo, Rome, Seoul, Venice, Athens, Monte Carlo, Chicago, São Paulo, Los Angeles, Lisbon, Valencia, Palermo, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, Zürich, Vienna, and Salzburg, among many others. 

She received her first exclusive recording contract in 1995 with Decca, for which she made several recordings: La traviata and Adriana Lecouvreur on DVD with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Elixir of Love with the Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon, and La bohème with the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan; and numerous CDs to great critical acclaim. Gheorghiu interpreted the title role in the film of Tosca, directed by Benoît Jacquot, and of Juliette in the film Romeo and Juliette for Online Classics. 

Angela Gheorghiu has been honored with the Vermeil Medal of the City of Paris, and she was appointed an Officer and Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. In her native country, in 2010, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Arts in Iași, and she holds the Order of the Star of Romania, the country’s highest decoration, personally awarded by the president.

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