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Viorica Cortez to be celebrated in Bucharest this Friday

Viorica Cortez, one of the world’s most praised classical music artists, will perform at the Radio Hall in Bucharest this Friday, starting at 19.00, at the Anniversary Gala “Viorica Cortez and Friends”, celebrating 50 years since she diva won the International Canto Competition in Toulouse.
Nicknamed “Carmen of the Twentieth Century”, Viorica Cortez had performed on all major stages of the world, beside highly prestigious opera singers, such as Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe and Alfredo Kraus, a press release published by Mediafax announces.
Mezzo-soprano Viorica Cortez will be joined on the stage of the Radio Hall by four Romanian artists who, on their turn, are enjoying an impressive international career: soprano Leontina Vaduva, tenor Calin Bratescu, baritone Florin Estefan and violinist Remus Azoitei.
The program of the gala reunites arias of operas by composers such as Camille Saint-Saens, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Jules Massenet, Gioacchino Rossini and Pyotr Ilyici Tchaikovsky.
The event will be accompanied by the Radio National Orchestra and conducted by the leading conductor of the ensemble, Tiberiu Soare.
The gala dedicated to Viorica Cortez is organized by Radio Romania and the Association for Music, Art and Culture. The host and the artistic coordinator of the event will be the journalist and TV presenter Marius Constantinescu.
Mezzo-soprano Viorica Cortez had debuted at the age of 17 in Iasi and had performed memorable leading roles on the stages of Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, The Staatsoper in Vienna, The Arenas in Verona, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Opera in Paris.

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