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Tuesday Evening Season at the Romanian Atheneum

Wednesday, 28 March 2012 , ora 9.36
On 27th March, 2012, at the Small Hall of the Romanian Atheneum, the Tuesday Evening Season brought, to a fairly large audience, two young lyrical artists in training at the Faculty of Music of Braºov and the "Gheorghe Dima" Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca: the soprano Orsolya Vari and the mezzo-soprano Cristina Coatu.

While the soprano Orsolya Vari was already well-known to the audience in the capital through other recitals she participated in, Cristina Coatu stepped on the great scenes of Bucharest for the first time.

Fortunate combination between fame and stylistic diversity

The programme, containing mainly opera arias, combined very well the fame of some of them with the stylistic diversity. Alternating on stage or during the Aida-Amneris duet from Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, Orsolya Vari and Cristina Coatu were two complementary presences, each of them showing different qualities. While the soprano Orsolya Vari distinguished herself through force, large ambitus, her voice's colours, and also through her confident and very modern stage presence, the mezzo-soprano Cristina Coatu impressed not only through her classic attitude, but also through the rigorous interpretation.

No moments of hesitation

Something worth noticing for the two artists, who are still training, is the fact that the recital was well-developed technically, without any wavering moments. The programme contained arias and moments from operas like La Favorita by Donizzetti, La Bohème by Puccini, The Force of Destiny by Verdi orThe Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach, as well as lieder by Schumann and Rachmaninoff. The recital of the two girls had the good quality accompaniment of the pianist Gönül Abdula.


Dan Ghineraru
Translated by Camelia-Aura Barbu
MTTLC, Bucharest University