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Stage Director Petrica Ionescu - a Performance in Madrid with Placido Domingo

Thursday, 10 May 2012 , ora 9.31
The show 'Cyrano de Bergerac' with Placido Domingo in the main role and directed by the well-known Romanian stage director Petrica Ionescu premieres on 10th May, 2012, at Teatro Real in Madrid. The performance will be broadcasted live in 200 movie theatres and culture venues in Europe, the Bucharest National Opera being one of them. There will be five shows in Madrid and they are all sold out.

Radio Romania correspondent in Madrid, Ana-Maria Damian, has further details:

A notorious character but an almost unknown opera: that is why, Placido Domingo wanted to perform it home as well, in Madrid, at Teatro Real, in the stage direction of Romanian Petrica Ionescu - the same stage director who managed the 'Cyrano de Bergerac' production in France, three years ago, and in the United States of America. Tuesday, 8th May, 2012, in Madrid, Placido Domingo said the following regarding his collaboration with Petrica Ionescu: 'This production, ever since its birth in Paris, had a tremendous impact. Paris, San Francisco and now Madrid - it is an opera that has it all. I would say that it is a chance in a lifetime: Music, movement, and the musketeers who are impressive. What Petrica accomplished is of great value and we are more than pleased.'

The last performance of the opera in Paris broke all applause records. This is a moment that director Petrica Ionescu fondly remembers: 'It beat the absolute record on ovations in the history of the show - fifty five minutes of standing ovations at the last performance. It was unheard of before. Then the show was reproduced with a different cast in San Francisco, last year, where it was also a huge success. Until now, both in San Francisco and in Paris the audience was sobbing. We'll see if the Spaniards will also cry the same as the Americans and the French did.'

Ana Maria Damian
Translated by Florina Sămulescu
MTTLC, Bucharest University