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Again at the MET
Watch soprano Anita Hartig and tenor Vittorio Grigolo in rehearsal for
Puccini's "La Bohème." Clip taken from the intermission features of the
Live in HD transmission of Massenet's "Werther," hosted by Patricia
Racette, on March 15, 2014.
On 29th March, the performance of La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini will be broadcast live, starring the German soprano Diana Damrau (photo) - who, in an exclusively interview, declared that she owed her musical education to a Romanian professor, the soprano Carmen Hanganu - and the great conductor Marco Armiliato - who proudly wanted to specify that the first performances he conducted over 20 years ago, took place... in Timisoara. It is a performance that I will have the opportunity to comment from the radio booth offered, as usual, by the Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Our direct collaborators will be Mia Bongiovanni, Director of Media & Presentations and Ed Hartley, the sound engineer, together with my guest, the pianist Vlad Iftinca, who is a coach at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and the only Romanian hired at such an important an artistic institution.
Apart from the most important points, which have just been mentioned, the main reason of my departure for New York at this moment of the season was the coincidence with the soprano Anita Hartih′ s debut at the MET. Our young compatriot has just made her debut on the most important lyrical stage, with a very important score for her voice, in the role of Mimi, from the opera La Bohème by Puccini; it is a very popular role and, at the same time, extremely powerful. On 5th April, during my show, I will enlarge on this subject with my guest, Anita Hartig, who accepted to give us an audio-video interview exclusively for the Radio Romania listeners.
Besides these main objectives, as always, another series of audio materials will be available; the only thing you have to do is to stay tuned to the radio frequencies of Radio Romania Music and Radio Romania Culture - on Saturday, 29th March, starting at 18:50 - and to listen to a new edition of An Evening at the Opera show - brought to you with the support of the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations in New York.
Translated by Aida Birghila and Elena Daniela Radu
MTTLC, The University of Bucharest