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Opera Promenade – a feast of classical music

Lovers of classical music have the chance to attend on Sunday, May 9, starting 20:00, the fourth edition of the Opera Promenade, an extraordinary concert to take place in open air, on the esplanade in front of the Bucharest National Opera (ONB). Besides being Europe Day, May 9 has a special significance for lyrical theatre: European Opera Day. To mark the double celebration, the Bucharest Opera will offer this concert, along with many other European Opera theatres, free of charge. The programme will be hosted by Ion Caramitru, actor and director of the Bucharest National Theatre, and will include famous arias and duets from operas by composers Camille Saint-Saens, Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, Georges Bizet, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, performed by young lyrical artists, who have already made a name for themselves in ONB productions, as well as by stars of our musical stage: Maria Jinga (mezzo-soprano), Tina Munteanu (soprano), Daniel Filipescu (baritone), Vlad Mirota (tenor), Oana andra (mezzo-soprano), Florin Simionca (baritone), Teodor Ilincai (tenor), Crina Zancu (soprano). In the second part of the programme, the Opera orchestra and choir, prepared by the master Stelian Olariu, and soloists Mihaela Stanciu (soprano), Valentin Racoveanu (tenor) and Iordache Basalic (baritone) will perform the “Carmina Burana” cantata, by composer Carl Orff. The event will take place under the baton of the conductor Iurie Florea. The first edition of the Opera Promenade took place on August 25, 2007, the second – on August 30, 2008, and the third – on August 1, 2009. Each time, thousands of spectators gathered on the Opera esplanade, eager to partake of the beauty of classical music.

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