The Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu is known for her lustrous voice and big personality to match. On her latest album, "Homage to Maria Callas," she connects herself to the late, legendary soprano, who would have turned 88 on Friday. Gheorghiu takes on arias by Puccini, Verdi, Gounod, Massenet and others associated with Callas and even sings a "virtual duet" with La Divina on the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen, using concert footage from 1961.
In this wide-ranging interview with Naomi Lewin, Gheorghiu talks about Callas, and the duet, which she calls "pioneering."
Never far from controversy, Gheorghiu also shares her strong views on modern opera productions and explains why she cancelled her appearances in the Metropolitan Opera's new staging of Faust (the term "fiasco" comes up). Other subjects include her avoidance of voice teachers, her high-profile marriage to tenor Roberto Alagna and her feelings about strong-willed directors.
Tune in on Saturday after the Metropolitan Opera broadcast to hear more of the interview with Ms. Gheorghiu and tracks from her new album.