Reviewed by Paula Citron
Soprano Angela Gheorghiu
International Vocal Recitals
Canadian Opera Company Orchestra with conductor Steven White
Roy Thomson Hall
Apr. 7, 2011
Soprano Angela Gheorghiu is every inch a diva, and glamorous to a fault. Not only two different designer dresses, but two different hairdos.
I was lucky enough to catch Gheorghiu’s debut at the Met in 1992. It was just by accident that I was there, but when I heard the voice, I knew I was in the presence of greatness, and that the soprano would become a huge star.
The program with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and conductor Steven White was not rocket science, but it wasn’t just the tried and the true either. There was Handel, Schubert and Boito, for example.
Gheorghiu has a thrilling voice that passes the goose bump test – robust lower and middle registers to die for, and an effortless top without one hint of shrillness, not to mention the seductive vibrato.
She was clearly trying out new material because she had her music stand, but the expressive way she interprets text is compelling.
It was a love in.