Romanian Soprano Angela Gheorghiu Sets The Broad Stage on Fire
By Nicole Muj
Los Angeles Informer
A simple setting — bare stage with a piano and a single floral arrangement, set the evening’s tone for an intimate performance with one of the most glamorous and gifted stars of the opera today. Described by many as the diva of opera, Angela Gheorghiu performed last Sunday evening at The Broad Stage, with longtime collaborator, pianist Jeffrey Cohen, to multiple standing ovations, bouquets of flowers and four encores.
Angela Gheorghiu & Jeffrey Cohen, Photo by Irina Stanescu
The audience enjoyed a diverse repertoire featuring works by Bizet, Massenet, Debussy, Chopin and Rachmaninoff in the concert’s first half, and an entirely Romanian-themed program in part two, with works including those by Enescu, Ștefănescu and Caudella.
Coquettish, flirtatious and playful can describe the last songs of the program, showcasing the lighter side of the dark haired beauty.
Gheorghiu at Peles Castle, Sinaia, Romania, Photo by Cosmin Gogu
Romanian icon Nadia Comaneci and her husband, Bart Conner, and the wonderful Betty White were among the audience members.
(Pictured L-R) Bart Conner, National President of The Union and League of Romanian Societies Daniela Istrate,
Nadia Comaneci, Johnny Muj
Gheorghui final song, Hammerstein’s “All The Things You Are” was the perfect song to top off an unforgettable evening at The Broad.
The Broad Stage is a gem of the Los Angeles arts scene, hosting amazing concerts by such world class artists at Gheorghiu, and also this month, performances by The National Children’s Chorus in Celtic Soul, Cuba’s Grammy nominated Tiempo Libre, cabaret act Paris Combo, as well as legendary blues band The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Nicole Muj is the founder of KULTURA PR (kulturapr.com), a public relations company that specializes in international entertainment and cultural clients. Ms. Muj is also involved in booking A-list Western music artists and celebrities in Europe, Mexico and Asia. Previously, she served as Associate Director, Worldwide Publicity, E! Networks, and held senior level positions at LA-based mPRm Public Relations and Comspan Communications.
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