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February 26, 2021

Angela Gheorghiu gets Iasi University’s highest honour

Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, one of today’s most iconic international voices was honoured with the Iasi Art University’s highest distinction last Friday, in a special ceremony.

On occasion of 150 year celebrations since the University was founded in Iasi, the artist, was granted the Doctor Honoris Causa title.

‘This is the most important recognition I have been given so far in Romania, I came from London especially for this honour, I am extremely happy,” Gheorghiu told the audience.

Gheorghiu was born in the small Romanian town Adjud, she attended the Music School in Bucharest and graduated from the Bucharest Music Academy, where she studied with the remarkable music teacher Mia Barbu. Her voice and dazzling stage presence have established the musician as a unique international opera superstar.

Gheorghiu made her international debut in 1992 at Covent Garden with La Bohème. In the same year she made her debut in the Metropolitan Opera New York and in the Staatsoper Vienna. It was in the Royal Opera House Covent Garden that she first sang her much acclaimed La Traviata in 1994, when the BBC cleared out its schedules to broadcast the opera. Since then the soprano has been in constant demand in opera houses and concert halls around the world: New York, London, Paris, Salzburg, Berlin, Tokyo, Rome, Seoul, Venice, Athens, Monte-Carlo.

Her first exclusive recording contract was signed 1995 with Decca for whom she made several recordings: La Traviata with the Orchestra of the ROH Covent Garden, L’elisir d’amore with the Orchestra of Opera de Lyon, La Boheme with the Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro Scala di Milano.

In January 2006 she triumphed with La Traviata at the MET in New York. Three months later, in April, she made her debut in Teatro alla Scala in Milano with a recital, in May she opened the Film Festival in Cannes. Angela Gheorghiu has collaborated with the most prestigious opera directors and conductors of our time and has sung with the most important opera singers. Future engagements include various concerts, as well as performances of Carmen (new production) at the Met in New York and performances of Adriana Lecouvreur in the ROH Covent Garden.

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