Angela Gheorghiu is a Romanian soprano, and one of the starriest, and most controversial, opera singers in the world. She is a legend in her own time. Jay interviewed and wrote about her in 2012 (here). For this “Q&A,” she is in Palermo and he is in New York. They discuss a variety of issues, including Gheorghiu’s new album, “Eternamente.”

Listeners to this podcast may need a cheat sheet, as Gheorghiu refers or alludes to things without making them explicit.

Her second husband was Roberto Alagna, the Sicilian-French tenor. They were married by Rudolph Giuliani – who was then mayor of New York – on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera during an intermission of “La bohème” in 1996.

The tenor with whom she has recorded duets for her new album is Joseph Calleja, from Malta.

When she says “canto,” she means singing – the art of singing.

Peter Gelb is the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.

Virginia Zeani is a Romanian soprano born in 1925, and Gheorghiu is close to her.

When Gheorghiu refers to Callas’s millionaire husband, she means Giovanni Battista Meneghini, and the millionaire boyfriend is Aristotle Onassis.

Jonas Kaufmann is a German tenor, and Tony Pappano – Sir Antonio Pappano – is a British conductor.

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  1. Larry Koler Inactive
    Larry Koler
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    She is my favorite opera star of all time. My wife and I went to NY to see her in La Boheme a couple years ago.

    I am no expert on opera but I know what I like. When I first heard her I kept asking and reading about her because I had never heard a better voice with such control and beauty. Simply arresting — I was stunned when I first heard her. Then I saw this little excerpt and I fell in love with her — she uses her whole body as an expressive instrument and shows all the world how beautiful the feminine is:

    I look forward to hearing this podcast when I get time later this week.

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  2. Larry Koler Inactive
    Larry Koler
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    Superb interview, Jay. Thanks.

    I love her accent and she is quite clear in her opinions — I was so intrigued to hear her story about her voice and how she knew how to handle it and protect it. You remarked in your 2012 article that she hasn’t had a voice coach since she was 18 — that is simply astounding. Some great geniuses break all the rules, don’t they? If ever there was a character matched to her destiny — Angela Gheorghiu is one.

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  3. colleenb Member
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    Another great podcast with another great singer.  Quite the contrast to the young lady from South Africa but it just shows you how open opera should be to new and wonderful talent.  And I would kill for that accent. Sigh.

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  4. colleenb Member
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    Larry Kohler:  I just finished reading a book which included a scene in the Rusalka Forest (between then Soviet Union and Poland) so thanks especially for this clip.  ColleenB

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  5. Larry Koler Inactive
    Larry Koler
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    colleenb (View Comment):
    Larry Kohler: I just finished reading a book which included a scene in the Rusalka Forest (between then Soviet Union and Poland) so thanks especially for this clip. ColleenB

    Great to hear.

    You might like these also then: https://www.amazon.com/Angela-Gheorghiu-Mysterium-Sacred-Arias/dp/B00005OC08

    And she does an album or a video (maybe look on Youtube) with Romanian folk songs that is simply beautiful and very haunting and she gives it her all.

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  6. Larry Koler Inactive
    Larry Koler
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    I found it — it’s 7 part video that is very nice. Here’s part 1:

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