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September 16, 2021

Angela Gheorghiu gets second Brit Award

Romanian Opera singer Angela Gheorghiu received, on Thursday night, the artist of the year award, at the 11th edition of the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Romanian news agency Mediafax informs.

This is the second time the Romanian artist receives this award in the last ten years. The first time, she received the award in 2001. Aged 44, Angela Gheorgiu is a superstar of the international opera, and is one of the best sold classical music artist.

“This is my second in my life so I’m really proud and it’s for ‘Madama Butterfly,’ which I adore to record,” she went on to say, adding “it’s really a joy to be recognized for such a wonderful opera.” There were also performances from André Rieu, the London Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, the band of the Coldstream Guards and a rousing rendition of “Tre sbirri, una carrozza” from “Tosca” by Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel. Other winners on the evening included Thomas Newman, who won soundtrack of the year for his score to Sam Mendes’ film “Revolutionary Road” (Nonesuch), and Thomas Ades, who took home the composer of the year title for “The Tempest” (EMI Classics). The critics’ award, which was voted by a panel of national media representatives, was collectively assigned to Antonio Pappano with Rolando Villazon, Anja Harteros, Sonja Ganassi, Rene Pape and Roma Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia for “Verdi: Messa da Requiem.”

Marking a first in the Classical BRIT awards 11 year history, a live performance of unofficial U.K. sporting anthem “Nessun Dorma,” performed on the evening by Blake, Camilla Kerslake and Howard Goodall’s Enchanted Voices, will be made available to purchase online with all proceeds going to charity organization the BRITS Trust, a donor charity that funds the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

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