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March 23, 2023

Special Bucharest Opera treats this weekend

The Bucharest National Opera (ONB) will host this weekend two special event performances of “Faust” and “The Flying Dutchman.”

Charles Gounod’s “Faust” will be staged on Friday, starting from 6 p.m., with Romanian tenor Robert Nagy in the title role. He will be joined on stage by reputed ONB artists such as Horia Sandu (Mephistopheles), Florin Simionca (Valentin), Daniel Filipescu (Wagner), Simona Neagu (Marguerite), Antonela Barnat (Siebel), Adriana Alexandru (Martha). The performance will include ballet moments from ONB dancers Alin Gheor­ghiu, Corina Dumitrescu, Vigil Ciocoiu (debut), Andra Ionete (debut), Andrei Nicolae, Diana Tudor and others. The opera’s orchestra and choir will be conducted by Vlad Conta.
Nagy began his international career in 1999, with the performance “Der Rosenkavalier” (The Knight of the Rose) by Richard Strauss, at the Vienna State Opera and the Dreseden Semperoper. One of his most important achievements was the role Edgardo in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” which he performed between 2001 and 2003 on several renowned European stages. Nagy’s repertoire includes titles such as “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (The Barber of Seville) by Gioachino Rossini at the Vienna State Opera in 2003 and the Maribor Theatre in 2006, “L’italiana in Algeri” (The Italian Girl in Algiers) by Rossini at the Vienna State Opera in 2001, “Manon” by Jules Massenet at Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2004, “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi at the Dublin Opera Ireland in 2004, Opera de Lausanne in 2005, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Dusseldorf in 2006 and the Opera de Massy in 2007.

The second special performance of the weekend, Richard Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” will be held on Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Baritone Ionut Pascu, one of the most valuable soloists of the National Opera, will play the lead role for the first time. The ONB orchestra and choir will be conducted by Cristian Mandeal.
Pascu graduated from the Bucharest Music University in 2001 and began his solo career at 23, when he performed Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” lead role within the Bucharest Opera Studio. He then started working with the Constanta Opera, where he remained until 2005, when he joined the ONB.

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