Opening concert of the festival with Angela Gheorghiu
Friday 3 d. June, 19.00 Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
ANGELA GHEORGHIU (soprano, Romania)
MARIUS BRENCIU (tenor, Romania)
Conductor CIPRIAN TEODORASCU (Romania)
LITHUANIAN NATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
(music director Robertas Šervenikas)
The most beautiful opera arias, duets and overtures by Giuseppe Verdi, Arrigo Boito, Francesco Cilea, Giacomo Puccini, Gaetano Donizetti, Georges Bizet, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Alfredo Catalani, Franz Lehár
The opening evening of the twentieth Vilnius Festival will undoubtedly turn into the musical event of the entire year. For the first time in Lithuania, we shall welcome the opera superstar Angela Gheorghiu, the most glamorous and gifted opera singer of our time, who is also often called one of today’s most beautiful women working in the sphere of theatre. Originally from Romania, the famous singer made her professional debut as Mimi in Puccini’s masterpiece La bohème. Her impressive career later extended into the most important opera theatres and concert halls of the world – the star of her unique talent shone brightly at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Royal Opera Covent Garden in London, “Staatsoper” in Vienna, “La Scala” in Milan and many other venues, concerts and opera performances have taken her to Paris, Berlin, Rome, Tokyo, Chicago, Los Angeles, many other cities in Europe and the USA.
Ms. Gheorghiu will be joined on stage by famous Romanian tenor Marius Brenciu, who made his debut at the Bucharest Opera in 1997. Having won many international competitions (among which were Julien Gaillardo’s competition, Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, “Auditorium” in New York), in 2001 he became the first Romanian soloist to win the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Mr. Brenciu is currently performing at the Metropolitan Opera (New York), Royal Opera Covent Garden (London), “Staatsoper” in Vienna, opera theatres in Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Lyon, Munich, Lisbon, Geneva, Florence, Rome, Tel Aviv and elsewhere.
The concert also features the LNOBT’s symphony orchestra led by Ciprian Teodoraşcu, a conductor at the Bucharest National Opera Theatre.