Romanian diva Angela Gheorghiu finally speaks (well, almost) about her husband Roberto Alagna’s infamous walk-out from the La Scala production of Aida last December. She doesn’t really defend her husband (as we’ll see), allowing her words to be read between the lines of the Corriere interview. She also starts a catfight with the younger Anna Netrebko. Meee-oww-wr! Claws out, kittens! She also disses Maria Callas, a soprano that was actually slightly more talented than she is, but she doesn’t really seem to care; or we think that she hasn’t really listened to Callas’s recordings all that carefully. The rest of the article was full of *words words words* that didn't really resonate (it's 1:30 am the night before OC hits the Dolomiti early tomorrow morning for Easter holiday what could be more important than that??). So I'll leave you with a trifecta of slightly incendiary quotes:
Gheorghiu on husband Roberto Alagna:
“I have spoken with Franco Zeffirelli about the episode when my husband walked-out off the Aida production at La Scala, and everything is fine. Find me a couple where the husband and wife always think alike. I’m not saying that Roberto has made a mistake. My idea I will keep to myself.”
Gheorghiu on Maria Callas:
“Zeffirelli, who will direct me on April 20 at Opera di Roma in La Traviata, is obsessed with Callas’ ghost. But I have never felt her shadow’s presence. I’ve had two singers set examples for me, and they are Eugenia Moldoveanu and Virginia Zeani. When I sing, I don’t think about any other sopranos. I like to be an original. “
Gheorghiu on Anna Netrebko:
"My husband sang with her, but do you know how many tenors would like to be in my arms? Anna I have heard only in Don Giovanni. She still has something to demonstrate. But anyway, I am more of an expert on tenors.”
GURLS GURLS UR **BOTH** PRETTY!