'The world’s most glamorous and gifted opera star' (New York Sun), Angela Gheorghiu’s magnificent voice and dazzling stage presence have established her as a unique opera superstar on the worldwide stage.
Opera roles during the 2023/24 season include Mimì La bohème in her return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she made her international debut in 1992. Elsewhere she performs numerous gala concerts and recitals worldwide, including an appearance with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall.
Gheorghiu debuted as Mimì for the Vienna State Opera (1992) and Metropolitan Opera (1993). She returned to the Royal Opera House in 1994, when she first sang her much acclaimed Violetta La traviata, and when for the first and last time in television and operatic history, the BBC cleared its schedule to broadcast the opera live. She has since appeared at the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls, her repertoire including, among others, Mimì, Violetta, Juliette Roméo et Juliette, Nedda Pagliacci, Adina L’elisir d’amore, Amelia Simon Boccanegra, title role Tosca, Magda La rondine, Marguerite Faust, Micaëla Carmen, Liù Turandot, Charlotte Werther and title role Adriana Lecouvreur.
Gheorghiu has recorded extensively for EMI Classics/Warner Classics and Decca, and has received numerous international artistic honours, including La Médaille Vermeille de la Ville de Paris, the awards of Chevalier and Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Nihil Sine Deo decoration from King Michael I of Romania, the European Cultural Award for Music, the Victoire d'Honneur Award, multiple Gramophone awards and twice the Female Artist of the Year award at the Classical BRIT Awards.
Gheorghiu performed at the reopening gala of the Royal Opera House (1999) and of the Teatro Malibran in Venice (2001). She sang at the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, on the grounds of Buckingham Palace (2002) and at the Royal Opera House (2012). She also sang for Pope John Paul II at Castel Gandolfo in 2002 and at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2003. In 2005, she sang at the opening of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia in the presence of Queen Sofia of Spain, and at the Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands Silver Jubilee Gala in Amsterdam. In 2007, she performed the role of Fanny in the world premiere of Vladimir Cosma Marius et Fanny in Marseille. In 2011 she sang at the reopening of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and at the grand opening of the Katara Amphitheater in Doha, Qatar, where she performed music especially composed for her by the legendary Greek composer Vangelis. Gheorghiu headlined the Last Night of the Proms concert in London on three different occasions, at the Royal Albert Hall (2003) and in Hyde Park (2000, 2006).
February 2022 marked her 30th anniversary performing with the Royal Opera House, when she reprised Tosca to great critical acclaim.
The Sunday Times
'The most instantly recognisable and interesting soprano voice of our time, a liquid instrument of great lyrical beauty with gleaming 'spun gold' high notes, but a dark, vibrant contralto range…'
New York Sun
'The most glamorous and gifted opera singers of our time.'
'She is one of the most sensuous Toscas imaginable … [her] passion and beauty are ideal for Tosca, as if the best qualities of Callas and Tebaldi portrayals had come together.'