Avram Iancu Square
Conductor: David Crescenzi
Stage direction: Alina Simona Nistor
Irina Săndulescu Bălan
Apollónia Egyed (invitată)
Andrada Ioana Roșu
Marius Vlad Budoiu
Zoltán Nagy (invitat special)
Orchestra și Corul Operei Naționale Române Cluj-Napoca
Chorus master: Emil Maxim
Chorus conductor: Corneliu Felecan
Stage and backstage direction: Cristina Albu
show category: opera gala
Opening concert of the 2018-2019 season
A project supported by the Town Hall and Local Council of Cluj-Napoca and by the Minstry of Culture and National Identity, in the Centenary Year
Recommended Age: 3+
At the Opera, the opening concert of every Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca lyrical season has become tradition for the our artists, keen to come back on our stage after a well-deserved holiday, as well as for the Cluj public who has numerously attended the last three editions of the event, held in Avram Iancu Square.
If by now, the program was intended to announce some of the main opera titles of the season, featuring some significant orchestral, solistic, ensemble or choral moments, the 2018 edition will also bring famous arias, such as Io son l’umile ancella from Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco, Casta Diva from Norma by Bellini, Vesti la giubba from I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo – belonging to some opera creation that are currently missing from the repertoire of the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca, but that will certainly take you to the universe of the original works. The imposing overture of the La gazza ladra opera by Gioachino Rossini precedes a rich music journey that gathers the anger of the Night Queen from W. A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, the gypsy fire in Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore, the gallantry used by sergeant Belcore to win Adina’s heart, causing Nemorino’s despair (Come paride vezzoso… Or se m’ami from L’elisir d’amore by G. Donizetti), the enchanting air of Musetta – Quando m’en vo’ – from La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, Madama’s Butterfly’s ardour and longing for Pinkerton’s return, but also the comical essence of The Merry Widow operetta situations, recalled by a delightful collage. Romanian accents are also integrated within the expressive richness of the At the Opera concert, found in the animated duet Nu-i bai from the operetta Lăsați-mă să cânt by Gherase Dendrino and in the Tarogato Suite (arr: Flaviu Mogoșan), performed by Dan Gâdea in the memory of Dumitru Fărcaș.
Not only your hearing will be enchanted at the meet of the soloists, choir and Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca orchestra, found under the batton of David Crescenzi, but also your eyes. Colours amount, lights and wonderful costumes on the Esplanade will conquer the entire public in Avram Iancu Square, in the first fall evening.
We are waiting for you At the Opera!