Soprano Angela Gheorghiu will receive the 2018 Puccini Award from the Puccini Festival Foundation of Torre del Lago Puccini. Bestowed once a year to performers from the world of melodrama whose careers mark memorable interpretations of the masterpieces of Giacomo Puccini, previous recipients have included Luciano Pavarotti, Woody Allen, Renata Tebaldi, Maria Callas and Daniela Dessì.
Angela is well-known for her portrayals of Puccini’s leading ladies, having made her international debut in 1992 as Mimì in La bohème at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Opera News said of her performance in Benoît Jacquot’s 2001 film version of Tosca that “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’s portrayals had come together.” She has also won great acclaim for portrayals of Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Magda La rondine, title role Manon Lescaut, and Cio-Cio-San Madama Butterfly, and has released several recordings of Puccini arias.
Having last stepped on the stage of Torre del Lago in a gala concert directed by Alberto Veronesi in 2009, Angela will receive the award on Friday 14 December during a gala concert conducted by the Italian journalist Alfonso Signorini, who has directed two memorable opera productions in Torre del Lago Puccini; Turandot in 2017 and La bohème in 2018.