Angela Gheorghiu is one of the most passionate and talented artists working in opera today, a larger-than-life figure whose intensity and drive, on stage and off, have commanded the attention of the opera world. Largely composed of exclusive interviews with the artist, this authorized biography of the internationally acclaimed soprano, covers Gheorghiu’s life and career from her childhood in Communist Romania to her spectacular Covent Garden debut in 1992 and up to the present day. In it, Gheorghiu shares new insights into the performance of many of her iconic stage roles and her collaborations with opera’s leading lights. Also featured are commentaries and reminiscences by such celebrated figures in the music and art worlds as Grace Bumbry, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, and Franco Zeffirelli.
Acknowledgments • Preface • Poems of Childhood • Study, Study, Study • Communist Romania and the Path of Music • Romance and Revolution • Falling in Love with Covent Garden • A Star Is Born • New Beginnings • Dramas and Traumas • Royal Encounters • Becoming Tosca • Choices and Launches • Restoring My Faith in Love • Timeline of Career Highlights • Discography • Index of Names