Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu is the star of the cast in three performances with “La bohème” at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, a new production of the famous opera composed by Giacomo Puccini.
The three performances in which the great soprano appears, on December 4, 7 and 10, have all been sold out, the Teatro Massimo Palermo having an occupancy rate of 100%, based on green certificates and under the conditions of wearing mandatory masks.
Cast also includes Romanian tenor Ștefan Pop, as Rodolfo.
The new production, directed by Mario Pontiggia, with costumes signed by Francesco Zito, is the latest in a long series of productions inaugurated by Angela Gheorghiu, including Traviata, Tosca or La Rondine from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden co-produced by Metropolitan Opera in New York and San Francisco Opera, Adriana Lecouvreur co-produced by Royal Opera House London, Bastille Opera in Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Faust at Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London co-produced with Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Pagliacci Royal Opera House London co-produced with the Los Angeles Opera.
“I’m always interested in doing something new, a fresh production, especially when I have very talented friends and compatriots singing with me,” says Angela Gheorghiu. “The production at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo is an elegant one, in full accord with the spirit of Puccini’s score and the flavour of the bohemian times. I was delighted to be able to reprise one of my favorite roles on the Palermo stage and I will be happy to tour this production in Japan next year in June. ”
The great soprano has been received with great warmth and standing ovations by the audience in Palermo. Mimì, of “La bohème”, is one of the signature roles that Angela Gheorghiu has taken over and redefined, during her brilliant international career of over three decades.