Gheorghiu as ‘Lady of the Camellias’- returns….
When Angela Gheorghiu first sang the role of Violetta at Covent Garden sixteen years ago it turned her into a star over night, so her return to the role in this staging after a gap of fourteen years was eagerly anticipated.
Whilst aspects of her interpretation have become more mannered, few sopranos can touch her purity of line and beauty of tone.
Revived for only four end-of-term performances, ahead of the Royal Opera’s tour of Japan , Richard Eyre’s increasingly creaky staging of La Traviata provided a vehicle for Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu’s return to the role of Violetta which catapulted her to stardom in 1994. Indeed her impact in the role was so great that BBC2 cleared its schedule at short notice to broadcast a performance live from the Royal Opera House (would that happen today – Mmmmm?) Since then, Gheorghiu has gone on to conquer all the major opera houses of the world and in the process has become as renowned for her off-stage tantrums as her on-stage performances. Get the rest on Ms. Gheorghiu and Traviata from Keith McDonnell of MusicOMH.com: