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Soprano Laura Tătulescu at the Musical Soirées in Bucharest

Tuesday, 19 October 2010 , ora 9.08

The soirée of a voice – this was the title under which soprano Laura Tătulescu held her recital, on the evening of October 18th 2010 at the Romanian Athenaeum, accompanied on piano by Marcelo Amaral.

Born in 1981 in the United States, the soprano completed her MA studies at the Opera section of the National University of Music in Bucharest. She made her debut in 2004 at the Bucharest National Opera House and in 2005 she became a soloist at the Vienna State Opera. This is what established her international reputation and presented her with the opportunity to perform on stage in many different parts of the world.

The recital given within the Musical Soirées in Bucharest included lieder by Giacomo Puccini and Fernando Obradors, as well as arias from operas such as Gianni Schicci, Rusalka, Cosi fan tutte, Fidelio, Manon Lescaut or Turandot. Both circumstances suited the soprano’s powerful but also warm and delicate voice. Laura Tătulescu is remarkable for her unique force of expression and for the subtlety of the timbre colours, being very well acquainted with the feelings of the characters she interprets.

Protean nature, the soprano only needed an instant to transpose herself in a completely different atmosphere. By means of timbre variations and stage performance, Laura Tătulescu managed to strike a fine balance between the lyricism, the drama, the passion or the irony involved in the parts she interpreted. Her collaboration with Marcelo Amaral also turned out to be a success, as the Brazilian pianist remained true to the stylistic variations of the soprano’s performance.

The rich variety of the evening’s programme was also provided by the selection of composers of different nationalities and with different mindsets and by the lieder and arias in Italian, Spanish, Czech, German, French or English. The soprano’s voice vibrated just as intensely in each and every one of these and for the encore, Laura Tătulescu interpreted a Romanian work, Bâlci în Aldebaran by Felicia Donceanu, with lyrics from Tudor Arghezi’s poetry.

Andreea Chiselev
Translated by Ruxandra Câmpeanu and Andreea Velicu
MA students, MTTLC, Bucharest University