......Let's put it like this. Imagine that you want something very, very much. And you'd do a lot of thigs to be able to go seeing that "something". And then suddenly, it's in front of your eyes. That "something" for me is Angela Gheorghiu.
......I was not sure she'll come to Bucharest. But she showed up at the press conference on Thursday and then I knew. The show was on Saturday. Fete de la Musique, with 1 week delay. No sleep/no eat before the concert. I was extremely nervous. I gave up my seat in the hall for the first step in front of the stage. Even if for many people this sounds unusual, here it's possible and nobody asks you why you don't sit in a chair. What would she wear? What would she sing?
......Mihai Ungureanu and Dan Grigore (the faces were not very clear because of the strange lights on stage so you have to trust me it's them)
......The concert started and it was an incredible long wait till she first came on stage, wearing a beautiful blue dress. She sung two Romanian songs, by Tiberiu Brediceanu. Vai, badita, dragi ne-avem and Dragu-mi-i, mandro, de tine. I read in many interviews that she's very nervous before a concert. And she really is. All the muscles were contracted. The legs, the hands and she was trying to control the breathing when she knew she had to start. Looking somewhere up, above our heads, she took a deep breath and started that beautiful Romanian song. The beginning was difficult. The rest came out so natural. She's really amazing. After seeing this I realize the stress of an artist before the concert/opera. It's killing them slowly. But I guess this is the right state of mind. Concentration and then pure pleasure.
This is one of my favourite pictures.
......The intermission was short. And I saw on the piano the pile of scores. At least 4 of them. After Dan Grigore played some more pieces, Angela came back. After all, she was the main guests. Two more songs followed. A lied in German and Elegie by Massenet. Piano, violin and Angela's voice created a magic atmosphere.
Horatiu MalaeleVictor Rebengiuc
......And here she comes again. Another dress, two more songs. I'm still in front of her, on the first step. Such a beautiful dress. There was a certain sound when she came in. And she knew that. So, two more songs. Les filles de Cadix and I would have danced all night. And Dan Grigore played very well, paying attention to her gestures. She conducted him by raising her hands or slightly turning her head towards him.
Les Filles de Cadix
I Could Have Danced All night
.....I can't make too many comments. I was under a spell. She was, she is amazing.
.....All the artists involved in the show. From left to right: Ion caramitru, Johnny Raducanu, Radu Beligan, Angela Gheorghiu, Victor Rebengiuc, Horatiu Malaele and Dan Grigore.
..... She received flowers from the audiece and it was nice of her to share with the rest of the artists.
......But there was something missing to turn a perfect evening into a fabulous one. Something from an opera. Something profound and touching. She said "something from Puccini"... and Dan Grigore said he didn't know the score, but will improvise. I thought it could be Un Bel Di. But no. It was Vissi D'Arte. The first notes killed me. Who would have thought? If you read my previous posts then you know that I traveled to Berlin to listen to this particular aria. But she cancelled. And now she was there... singing Vissi D'arte. It was like all of a sudden I was alone in the hall and she sung it only for me. I realized that I start d breathing slower than usual, that I had tears in my eyes. It's the first time I have this feeling in a concert hall. And how beautiful it is. 3 minutes of pure joy. In the end she had tears in her eyes. It's the first time I see her like this. ......The concert was over but it took me a while to start breathing normally. We all gathered. And decided to go backstage. We hesitated a while but there was nobody there to ask us what we were doing there.
......There were a lot of people there, including Angela's daughter Ioana and her mother. All the artists, some friends and some fans. I'm not that daring when it comes to speaking to people I admire most. But there was somebody there who supported me all the time. You know who you are, so big thank you! For the first time I was able to look her in the eyes and say thank you for singing so beautifully.
......She signed booklets and posters, had pictures taken with everybody. Don't trust those comments that say she acts like a diva. She's like this on stage and that suits her sooo well. But if you get to talk to her she's very sweet and gentle. We all knew she's tired, she's only one and we're so many. But she took care of everyone.
The previous two pictures were taken by Flaviu. Thanks a lot!
Angela and Dan Grigore
Here with Ioana Dan, Ion Marin and her mother
Angela with Victor Rebengiuc
I saved the best for last. Here we are, the merry group.
......Thank you, Angela. We'll be in Munchen, waiting for another beautiful evening.
......I dedicate all these pictures to people around the world who love Angela and what she's doing. And especially to thouse people who were there with me.