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Anniversary show dedicated to soprano Cornelia Angelescu

Thursday, 22 April 2010 , ora 9.31
On the evening of April 21st 2010, the Bucharest National Opera carried on the series of anniversary celebrations of its artists by organizing a show dedicated to Cornelia Angelescu: The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini.

Musicologist Carmen Stoianov was in charge of the introduction. She pointed out to the public the most important moments in the soprano's career, as an Opera soloist in Bucharest between 1969 and 1990.

Cornelia Angelescu graduated the Bucharest Conservatory of Music. She started her career as a solo artist when she was still in college and she dedicated the same amount of time to her teaching career as well.

During the show, the soprano felt the role of Rosina with emotional intensity. Every time she thought a gap was made, she would turn her head to the conductor's chair. Directed by Cristina Cotescu and adapted by George Teodorescu, The Barber of Seville brought freshness by emphasizing the comedy of the libretto.

Alongside baritone Iordache Basalic, tenor Valentin Racoveanu and soprano Mihaela Stanciu, the stage was also taken by Horia Sandu, Vasile Chișiu or Adriana Alexandru. Under the baton of conductor Ciprian Teodorașcu the artists had a great performance. I noticed an adequate rhythm in the development of the stage and musical actions, which managed to successfully remove any kind of boredom.

The pauses between the acts were also active moments, as the public was given the opportunity to see an exhibition dedicated to Cornelia Angelescu: pictures, posters and memories - proof of a successful career on the lyrical stage.

Andreea Chiselev
Translated by Andra Stroe, Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University