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Beethoven Night at the Opera

The Bucharest National Opera (ONB)’sfoyer will host, tomorrow, starting 7 pm, aBeethoven night, featuring pieces for vocalsoloists, piano, violin and cello, drawing onIrish influences, performed by soprano Ana-Maria Comsa and mezzo-soprano MirunaGavrila Sturza. The event is organized by the“Ludovic Spiess” Opera and BalletExperimental Studio.

The soprano Ana-Maria Comsa has been acollaborator of ONB since 2008, where sheappeared in shows like “The FlyingDutchman”, “Eugene Onegin” and “Hanseland Gretel”. The mezzo-soprano MirunaGavrila Sturza graduated from the NationalUniversity of Music, specializing in Singing,and obtained a Master’s degree from the sameuniversity. The two soloists will be accompaniedby Mihaela Vilcea, on the piano, MihaiGhiga, on the violin, and Emese Ildiko, on thecello. The recital will be presented by AndaTabacaru Hogea.

In the early 19th century, Ludwig vanBeethoven was at the height of his creativity.While composing his famous symphonies andquartets, the composer turned his attention to anew source of inspiration: folk songs from variousEuropean regions. Using the works offamous poets of the time, such as Byron orWalter Scott, and traditional Irish music,Beethoven composed true musical gems, in theshape of vocal miniatures, to be accompaniedby the piano, violin and cello.

“I QUATRO RUSTEGHI” PREMIERE

The National Opera also hosts, onSaturday, starting 7pm, the musical comedyin three acts “I Quatro Rusteghi” (School forFathers), composed by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari(1876-1948), on a libretto by GiuseppePizzolato. An amusing tale, as relevant todayas it was in 18th century-Venice, an alternativereading of a classical text, in an innovativedirectorial approach, and ingenious stage setting,these are only a few of the arguments infavour of the new production. “I QuatroRusteghi” is part of the “Opera Rara” project,initiated by ONB so as to promote less familiarworks from the lyrical repertoire. The teambehind this performance is an exceptionalone, including Austrian director Peter Pawlik– already popular with Bucharest music-loversdue to his 2008 collaboration with ONB, onGioacchino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola”(Cinderella) – and conductors Vlad Contaand Ciprian Teodorascu. The linguistic consultantfor the use of the Veneto dialect wasNadia Nigris, deputy director of theAccademia Teatro alla Scala.

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