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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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