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Angela Gheorghiu's "Homage to Maria Callas"

 In an exclusive new conversation recorded for the WFMT Radio Network, the acclaimed soprano Angela Gheorghiu discusses with Jon Tolansky her brand new CD she has entitled Angela Gheorghiu – Homage to Maria Callas: Favourite Opera Arias, which EMI Classics releases in November. 

Angela Gheorghiu comments: “I chose Maria Callas’s name for this new CD of some of my very favourite arias because, for me, she and I share something together.  Callas stands for opera, and I am part of that also.”  In her conversation, Angela Gheorghiu speaks about the very wide range of styles and characters she sings on the new disc, which contains opera arias by Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Bellini, Leoncavallo, Saint-Saëns, Catalani, Bizet, Giordano, Cherubini, Massenet and Cilèa. 

Producer Jon Tolansky comments “Angela Gheorghiu’s singing continues to astonish with its vivid characterization, kaleidoscopic range of colors, virtuoso technique and sublime artistry.  Generously she pays tribute to Maria Callas in the CD liner notes with the words ‘She was the most wonderful painter and you can always hear exactly the right color in her voice. Just hearing her sound, you understand all the power or fragility of her emotions. That’s a rare talent and a great gift.’ 

To have the additional bonus of hearing this great and deeply searching performer shed enlightening insights on the arias she has newly recorded is a very special opportunity that the WFMT Radio Network is making available for music lovers, and I am honored to make this 1 hour program for the Network and its listeners”.

This special is available free of charge to all stations as of November 1, 2011 thru June 2012.  For more information, please contact Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2114, email: tmacaluso@wfmt.com or Carol Martinez at (773) 279-2112, email: cmartinez@wfmt.com