Concert in Turku, Finalnd, 29.11.1992
Eugene Kohn - conductor
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Superstar Angela Gheorghiu, the most glamorous and gifted opera singer of our time, was born in Adjud, Romania. From early childhood it was obvious that her destiny was music. Gheorghiu made her international debut in 1992 at Royal Opera, Covent Garden (Mimì, La Bohème), at the Metropolitan Opera, and at the Vienna State Opera. It was in the Royal Opera, Covent Garden that she first sang her much acclaimed La Traviata in 1994, when the BBC cleared out its schedules to broadcast the opera.
Her first exclusive recording contract was in 1995 with Decca. The second was in 1998 with EMI, for whom she made several recordings released on CD and DVD. The latest releases include the complete opera recordings of L'Amico Fritz by Pietro Mascagni and Fedora by Umberto Giordano (both with Deutsche Grammophon), the live performance of La Rondine at the Metropolitan Opera (2009), as well as Faust from Royal Opera House (2004), released on DVD by EMI Classics in 2011. Adriana Lecouvreur (a Royal Opera production recorded in 2010) was released on DVD in 2012.
Having always earned spectacular reviews on her career, Gheorghiu was honored with La Medaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris and was appointed an Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and by her native country Romania. In December 2010 she was awarded the honorific title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Arts in Iasi (Romania) and the Star of Romania, the highest decoration given by the by the President of Romania. In 2012 she received the Nihil Sine Deo royal decoration from HRH King Michael I of Romania.