Busy promoting her Butterfly CD -- an opera that she, unable to sing on stage due to her evident vocal limitations, had to record in a studio costing her corporate employers a pretty significant bunch of money, with a little help from Accademia di Santa Cecilia -- Angela Gheorghiu allowed some tasty morsels of truth to slip through her long interview with the Independent's Jessica Duchen. Jess publishes today on her blog the "director's cut" of the interview -- the full unedited transcript of the chat with the Romanian soprano.
Not only Gheorghiu -- a woman with an appalling record of cancellations and even high-profile firings, a woman who married a onetime fine tenor who, after being literally booed off la Scala's stage and after many other humiliations is now the sad human pinata of backstage opera jokes -- takes the low road in mocking Rolando Villazon's evident vocal difficulties:
But she also tells a tasty anecdote re: the abasement of poor Peter Gelb's pride:
It's like a Romanian Molly Bloom's soliloquy, with gags.