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OPER FADO - Elena Mosuc & Gonçalo Salgueiro

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OPER FADO -World premiere of Operfado, a new show which draws on opera, fado and musical theatre, coming up in the soprano's diary after her resounding triumph in La Traviata and I Puritani. April 2014 The Rumanian soprano Elena Mosuc has garnered huge critical acclaim for her recent performances of Violetta Valéry (La Traviata) in Bari (Italy) and Las Palmas (Spain), and Elvira (I Puritani), in Bilbao (Spain). Before continuing with her unstoppable opera engagements which over the next few months will take her to the Masada Festival (Israel) with La Traviata, to Berlin with Don Giovanni (Donna Anna), to Canton (China) with Carmen (Micäela) and to Barcelona with La Traviata, the Rumanian diva will set off on a new adventure: Operfado, a project which has been developed in collaboration with the outstanding and charismatic fado singer -- star of the Portuguese music scene -- Gonçalo Salgueiro. "Fado is a purifying form of art, which brings you catharsis", confirms Elena Mosuc. "It is an artistic form in which your entire being is implicated and which reached its heights with the great and unforgettable Amália Rodrigues". Salgueiro is a classically trained singer who chose fado as his form of expression, even though he is also famous for taking lead roles in musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar. "Gonçalo's performances are suffused not only with love but also with passion and emotion. He has recorded three albums dedicated to the genre, which revive classic songs along with other new ones which he wrote himself, making him a real pioneer. He is a great poet", Elena Mosuc explains. Bringing two voices from two extremes of musical art together on stage unites Rumanian and Portuguese culture in Operfado. "Gonçalo is a great fan of opera and I have been passionate about fado since I discovered Amália Rodrigues' recordings when I was a child. Meeting Gonçalo has renewed my love for this genre. That is why we had the idea of planning a concert which would link these two stylistically very different genres, which are yet so close in artistic sentiment. This will be Gonçalo's debut in Rumania and I'm really pleased that it will be in Iași, a city with a great cultural tradition". Operfado also includes some scenes from the famous musical, The Phantom of the Opera. "As an opera singer", the soprano continues, "I know the spiritual uplift which performing the great heroines all over the world can bring. That is why getting close to fado is an unexpected and precious gift. It is very linked to opera; it is deep, unique, melancholy, sad and sometimes painful music. Opera is my artistic passion and I will always be dedicated to it, body and soul, but adventures like these hone the excellence in your art; opening your sights is beneficial and I think one must not feel prejudiced against opportunities like these, which imply growth and new perspectives on performance. I am convinced (and the enthusiastic reaction of audiences confirms it) that my intuition is right: my most recent successes with La Traviata and Puritani, for example, have been influenced and accentuated by my study of fado, bringing features to Violetta and Elvira that make them more complex, dramatic, mysterious and captivating. I'm really looking forward to singing my first fado on stage. It is a great joy to share this project with what I consider to be my audience. Operfado has contributed significantly to enriching my mind and continuing my development as a person and an artist. This will be an event which I am sure will stay in the hearts of everyone who can go to the National Theatre on the 23rd April 2014." Tickets are already sold out.