Magazine January 23, 2012, Issue

Prima Donna Assoluta

Angela Gheorghiu in London last September (Jonathan Short/AP)

Angela Gheorghiu waltzes down to the lobby of the Plaza Hotel in New York. We will have a tête-à-tête in the Champagne Bar. Who is Gheorghiu? In prosaic terms, she is a Romanian soprano born in 1965. In less prosaic terms, she is “the most glamorous and gifted opera singer of our time.” I have quoted from her website. This is publicist’s hyperbole, of course — but it is not far off.

Gheorghiu is not only an extraordinary singer and performer, she is great copy. There is often controversy swirling about her, as well as excitement. She has run-ins with opera

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