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Angela Gheorghiu and Freddie de Tomasso

October 26, 2024 at 7:30PM

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu dazzles as she makes her highly anticipated return to BroadStage’s Celebrity Opera Series, gracing the stage alongside the tenor sensation Freddie de Tommaso, making his West Coast debut! 

Praised by The New York Sun as “the most glamorous and gifted opera singer of our time,” Gheorghiu’s artistry is unparalleled. Joining her is the sensational rising star, de Tommaso, whose rapid ascent to fame and exceptional talent have captivated audiences worldwide. Amidst their ongoing performances at prestigious opera houses worldwide, these two superstars come together for a mesmerizing performance as part of BroadStage’s 2024/25 Celebrity Opera Series.

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"…[he] sounds like a youthful Italian Domingo with a gorgeous baritonal quality to the lower end, building up to a heart-rending top”

– Opera Now on Freddie De Tommaso

"The most glamorous and gifted opera singer of our time”

– The New York Sun on Angela Gheorghiu

'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. 

A phenomenal voice and talent in the tradition of the great Italian tenor voices, Freddie De Tommaso has captured wide spread acclaim with headline grabbing debuts and chart-topping album releases. The British-Italian tenor shot to fame in December 2021 when he jumped in as Cavaradossi in Royal Opera’s production of Tosca, thus becoming at the age of 28 the youngest ever tenor to perform the role on the iconic stage and the first Brit since 1963. De Tommaso, who was due to perform the role at a later date took to the stage after the first interval when the tenor originally scheduled became unwell during the first of the three acts, prompting the press to unanimously declare that a new star was born.

An exclusive artist with Decca Classics and the first tenor to be signed to the label since 2007, his debut album Passione debuted at number 1 in the classical charts and won the BBC Music Magazine Award for Best Newcomer. In June 2022 his second album Il Tenore shot again straight to number 1 in the charts upon its release, whilst his rendition of Nessun Dorma, featured on the album, reached over one million streams.

The current season sees him continuing his meteoric rise with a triple appearance at Gran Teatre del Liceu as Riccardo Un ballo in Maschera, Maurizio Adriana Lecouvreur and in recital with Lise Davidsen; a double appearance with Orchestra di Teatro alla Scala and Riccardo Chailly for Verdi Requiem and Inno delle Nazioni and his role debuts as Pollione Norma in Naples and Adorno Simon Boccanegra at the Wiener Staatsoper. Other engagements include Rodolfo La bohème in Berlin and Vienna and Pinkerton Madama Butterfly in Munich. In concert and recital he sings Verdi Requiem at Teatro Regio di Parma; performs with Teatro di San Carlo Naples on tour to Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence; with the Mannheim Philharmonic alongside Sonya Yoncheva; with Lise Davidsen at the Salzburg Easter Festival as well as solo recitals in the Czech Republic, Munich and Sofia.

Last season, De Tommaso was seen as Rodolfo La bohème and Cavaradossi at Royal Opera House; Rodolfo La bohème at Teatro alla Scala; Cavaradossi at Santa Fe Opera for his US debut; Don José Carmen, Alfredo Traviata and Cavaradossi at Arena di Verona; Macduff Macbeth Wiener Staatsoper; Alfredo La Traviata at Staatsoper Berlin and Bayerische Staatsoper; and at the Dutch National Opera with a staged production of Verdi Requiem. His concert appearances included an open air concert Opera for All in Munich alongside Sonya Yoncheva; the New Year’s Eve Concert at Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Tosca and Verdi Requiem at the Bergen International Festival and with the Orchestre National de Lyon; recitals at the Festival Castell Peralada; the opening concert of the Kissinger Sommer Festival and Verdi Requiem Verbier Festival.

Recent highlights include important company and role debuts at Teatro alla Scala as Maurizio in David McVicar’s production of Adriana Lecouvreur; at the Wiener Staatsoper as Don José Carmen; at the Bolshoi Theatre as Cavaradossi Tosca; at Semperoper Dresden as Pinkerton in a new production of Madama Butterfly, a role he also reprised at the Royal Opera House together with the much coveted Cavaradossi in Tosca; and at Arena di Verona as Alfredo La Traviata; Cassio Otello at the Royal Opera House under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano; Pinkerton, Macduff, Italian Singer and Ismaele Nabucco all at the Wiener Staatsoper; Verdi Requiem at Teatro di Massimo di Palermo; Riccardo Un ballo in maschera at the Verbier Festival; excerpts of Carmen with Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria; his return to Bayerische Staatsoper in their “Next Generation Talent” concert; and Ismaele with Dutch National Opera.

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music and subsequently the Opera Studio of Bayerische Staatsoper in 2019, De Tommaso burst onto the operatic scene as Cassio in Otello at the Royal Opera House and Ismaele in Nabucco with the Dutch National Opera. He then opened the 2020-21 season of the Wiener Staatsoper as Pinkerton with a new production of Madama Butterfly, aged 27. Engagements since include Tosca at the Bolshoi Theatre; Macduff, Ismaele and the Italian Tenor at the Wiener Stastsoper.

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Celebrity Opera Series at BroadStage are supported by a generous gift from the Lloyd E. Rigler — Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.