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Uploaded on Oct 28, 2009
Angela Gheorghiu talks about her favourite soprano Virginia Zeani in a conversation on BBC Radio Three with Natalie Wheen, Virginia Zeani was the first soprano she ever heard on CD and she often speaks of her as her idol and role model. In recent years they have met and become very close friends.
It is gratifying that Angela Gheorghiu, a singer with almost unprecedented international fame, is keen to bring Zeani's wonderful, but far too little known, singing to a wider audience.
Being very familiar with Zeani's singing I was immediately struck by some similarities in Gheorghiu's phrasing and interpretation and was delighted to hear later on how much of an influence Zeani was and continues to be on her own singing.