There are plenty of things wrong with Covent Garden's La rondine, but, contrary to reportselsewhere, Angela Gheorghiu is not one of them. I've previously found her variously mannered, cold and inaudible. But last night she was simply captivating as Magda, a woman whose past mistakes threaten her future happiness. Close to home, perhaps.
“He was actually violent - and in front of my family, and his family
also. I lived through that. It’s the most black page of my life. I said
for years that I cannot believe it, it will be fine – you say that all
the time. But it’s like a malady. Even if you are the most angry person,
to stand and give a clap [sic] on your wife, it’s impossible – and to do this
in front of your father and your brother and they say not a word? This
is my life.”
Rumours about Angela Gheorghiu's relationship with Romania's unlucky Eurovision entrant Cezar Ouatu had circulated for months. They were quashed shortly before the Eurovision final when Angela issued a press release knocking the classically-trained countertenor.
Everything about the presentation (video below) was wrong, she said, adding that Cezar "must return to good music and good
taste" - before wishing him good luck.
In an about-turn, Angela has now confirmed on TV her romance with the man who looks better in a dress than she does.
She was cagey about the details, but it's widely reported in the Romanian press that they paired up some time ago. They are said to have moved in together last week after meeting at the Eurovision pre-selection a year ago. Cezar was a controversial choice, and Angela is said to have lobbied strongly for his selection.
Given Angela's usual willingness to share her private life, some may find it surprising that it's taken her this long to come clean. Elements of the Romanian press unkindly speculate that Cezar was cunningly playing the oldest of tricks to keep Eurovision's huge gay audience on his side.
Cezar is 33 to Gheorghiu's 47+, but he told an interviewer that age is just a number. His last girlfriend was 25, and he says he'd be happy with an 80 year old.