Teodora Gheorghiu: There’s no magic to opera singing

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As Teodora Gheorghiu prepares to sing in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne, she tells Rupert Christiansen how she overcame an illness that threatened her career.

It may only be something they put in the water, but over the last century or so Romania has produced an extraordinary succession of velvety lyric sopranos: notable names in this rich crop include Hariclea Darclee (the first Tosca), Virginia Zeani, Ileana Cotrubas and Angela Gheorghiu.

The latest in the line is Teodora Gheorghiu – and no, she’s no relation. In fact, apart from the same raven hair, black eyes and wine-dark vocal timbre, Teodora could hardly be ......

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