The opening evening of the anniversary Vilnius Festival will undoubtedly turn into the musical event of the entire year. For the first time in Lithuania, we shall welcome the superstar of opera Angela Gheorghiu, the most glamorous and gifted opera singer of our time, who is also often called one of today’s most beautiful women who work in the sphere of theatre. Originally from Romania, the famous singer made her professional debut with the role of Mimi in G. Puccini’s masterpiece “La Boheme”. Her impressive career later extended into the most important opera theatres and concert halls of the world – the star of her unique talent shone bright 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. Some of Ms. Gheorghiu’s most prominent roles include Violetta (“La Traviata”), Tosca (“Tosca”), Adina (“L’elisir d’amore”), Magda (“La rondine”), Adriana Lecouvreur (“Adriana Lecouvreur”), Juliet (“Romeo et Juliette”). The artist has recorded many prominent concert of opera records, and her talent was also recognized through various important awards (such as “Diapason d'Or“, “Choc du Monde de la Musique“, “La Medaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris"" and others).
Ms. Gheorghiu shall 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. He was also the first singer to win both the main and Song prizes. M. Brenciu is currently performing at the Metropolitan Opera (New York), Royal Opera Covert Garden, “Staatsoper” in Vienna, opera theatres in Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Lyon, Munich, Lisbon, Geneva, Florence, Rome, Tel Aviv and elsewhere.
The concert, performed also by the LNOBT’s symphony orchestra, shall be conducted by Ciprian Teodoraşcu, conductor at the Bucharest National Opera Theatre. Conductor of the Bucharest National Opera House, since 2003, Ciprian Teodoraşcu has collaborated, throughout his career, with several major Romanian musical institutions, also performing symphonic concerts at the Romanian Athenaeum and at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Company. In 2004 and 2012 he was awarded the “Ludovic Spiess” Prize by the Romanian Musical Forum, while in 2007 the same Forum presented him with the “David Ohanesian” Prize; in 2009 the Bucharest Municipality offered him the Lifetime Achievement Award.