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Bucharest Opera season closes with “Aida”

The performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” will close, on Sunday, starting 6:30pm, the 2010-2011 season of the Bucharest National Opera (ONB), a release by the institution informs. The last show of this season will be dedicated to one of the great mezzo-sopranos which marked the history of the Bucharest National Opera – Iulia Buciuceanu. The latter made her debut at the Bucharest National Opera as Ondine in the opera “Rusalka” by Antonin Dvorak, collecting accolades. This was followed by parts such as Polina in “Queen of Spades”, by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, Olga in the same composer’s “Eugene Onegin”, Maddale­na in “Rigo­let­to”, Meg Page in “Falstaff”, Azucena in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”, Carmen in Georges Bizet’s eponymous opera, etc. Iulia Buciuceanu, the sister of the celebrated actress Tamara Buciu­cea­nu Botez, is a laureate of the Vien­na International Singing Com­petition (1959), of the “Prague Spring” Festival (1960), of the Sofia Inter­national Contest and of the Helsinki Opera Festival (1962) and won the Great Prize in the Toulouse Inter­national Singing Competition (1962).

The cast of “Aida” includes two guests from abroad: the Bulgarian-born mezzo-soprano Elena Chav­da­rova (as Amneris) and the Roma­nian tenor Daniel Magdal (Ra­dames). Performing alongside these are the ONB artists Mariana Colpos (Aida), Marius Bolos (The King), Horia Sandu (Ramfis), Stefan Ignat (Amonasro), Liviu Indricau (The messenger), Dorina Chesei (The High Priestess) and ballet soloists Madalina Slateanu, Magdalena Radulescu, Alin Gheorghiu.

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