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Padina Fest, a high-altitude celebration in Bucegi

The sixth edition of Padina Fest is due to open this Thursday on Padina Plateau in Bucegi, at a height of 1,509 metres. For four days, for music lovers and mountain sports and all nature enthusiasts and protectors, the organizers have prepared numerous surprises.

During the day, there will be sport events and some of the most daring relaxation activities: the Bucegi Mountains, climbing cliffs, rappel and zip lines, adventure workshops, and evenings are dedicated exclusively to concerts.

On Thursday, the stage of Padina Fest 3 will be entered by bands at their debut: The Purple Dandies, Gray Matters and Posta Mare (Timisoara).

Friday evening will be dedicated to rock, and therefore, on July 24, some of the best rock and alternative bands of the moment will perform on stage: Alternosfera, Luna Amara, Robin and the Backstabbers, Firma.

Saturday night, there will be a traditional concert Suie Paparude, Firkin (Hungary) will perform a fiery concert on Irish rhythms, NAKED (Serbia)  will daringly combine sounds of Balkan tradition with swing and free jazz elements, and Niste Baieti will perform top hits of the 80s orchestrated in punk genre.


 Ialomita Cave, reopened to the audience


A special event is represented by the reopening of the Ialomita cave, closed for restoration during the last year. The opportunity will be celebrated by Camerata Muntenia through an outstanding performance on Saturday, July 25, starting at 11 am.

Camerata Muntenia will also perform a recital on the stage of Padina Fest, on Sunday morning, at 11 am.


Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea, a winner of the “Operalia” International Singing Competition


A Norwegian soprano and a Romanian tenor won this Sunday, in London, the “Operalia” International Singing Competition, initiated and organized under the patronage of famous Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, to encourage young talents, AFP announced.

Soprano Lise Davidsen, aged 28, won the competition for ladies, and Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea, aged 25, was the winner of the gentlemen’s category in the competition organized in London.

Davidsen, a recent graduate of the Royal Academy in Denmark will soon make her grand debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, performing the role Ortlinde in “Valkyrie”, authored by Richard Wagner.

Ioan Hotea performed the role of Tebaldo in “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” by  Vincenzo Bellini at the National Opera in Paris, in April 2014. The former member of the National Opera in Bucharest will enter the stage in the role of Ferrando, in “Cosi fan tutte” at Wiesbaden.

“I have always felt great interest in young promising talent. I have always thought about the terrible difficulties that must be faced by these young artists at the beginning of their careers”, 74-year-old Placido Domingo declared, back in 1993 when he launched Operalia.

The jury had included prestigious names such as Rolando Villazon, Erwin Schrott, Nina Stemme and Sonya Yoncheva, all of them former winners of the competition.



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