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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About -

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.

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