Angela Gheorghiu As well as being a superb singing actress with a sensuously expressive soprano voice, Angela Gheorghiu (pictured), the raven-haired Romanian, is a headline-making diva of the old school. She shot to stardom in a 1994 production of La Traviata at the Royal Opera, cast by conductor Georg Solti to sing the principal role of Violetta. In 1996, a performance of the same opera was beamed on to a giant screen in the Covent Garden piazza. In her Sydney and Melbourne concerts with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Gheorghiu will sing arias by Massenet, Bizet and Puccini, as well as Romanian folk songs. Puccini’s heroines Liu ( Turandot), Manon Lescaut, Butterfly and Lauretta ( Gianni Schicchi) all get an outing.
Matthew Westwood Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Thursday, 8pm. Tickets: $65$295. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777.