By Francisco Salazar
On June 28, legendary soprano Nelly Miricioiu will celebrate her 70th birthday at Wigmore Hall.
The concert will also mark her farewell from the concert stage.
In a statement, the soprano said, “So far, my seventieth year has brought more than I could ever have imagined. I celebrated my birthday itself in Romania, with a spectacular gala event on the stage of the opera house in Bucharest, and where I said my goodbye to the Operatic stage. Now, I step on the London stage, to salute the country that so generously embraced me and helped me to blossom, where I had some of my most beautiful artistic memories, and where I found the love of my life and my husband of 31 years – Barry, my Yorkshire man. Wigmore Hall is a shrine for singers, and one of the most sought after recital venues. I am honoured that they have given me the opportunity to say my goodbye to the recital platform, amidst my family, closest friend and loyal supporters. It is a programme of repertoire that means so much to me, and that have had a vital importance through each stage of my life and career, and I am delighted to be able to share it with you all.”
She added, “The following day will bring yet more joy, as I work with young artists and carry on the tradition of Bel canto in my Wigmore Hall masterclass. It would be a delight to have you all with me.”
The concert will showcase Miricoiu in works by Emil Montia, Tiberiu Brediceanu, Pauline Viardot, George Hall, Lennox Berkeley, Ernest Chausson, Giacomo Puccini, Amilcare Ponchielli, Gioachino Rossini, and Giuseppe Verdi. David Gowland accompanies her on piano.