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  • Romanian Personalities
    The Prodan Romanian Cultural Foundation promotes 20th-century Romanian personalities, mainly of the diaspora, who were active in the field of culture. The foundation offers on its Web site compelling introductions to the life and work of many of the Romanian personalities they have an interest in. Among them are famous personalities of Romanian descent and/or born in Romania such as Prince Antoine Bibesco, Princess Marthe Bibesco, Constantin Brancusi, Brassai, Victor Brauner, Sergiu Celibidache, George Enescu, Benjamin Fondane, Clara Haskil, Marcel Janco/Iancu, Eugène Ionesco, Dinu Lipatti, Radu Lupu, Paul Celan, E.M. Cioran, Mircea Eliade, Angela Gheorghiu, Queen Marie, Serge Moscovici, Jean Negulesco, Countess Anna de Noailles, Hermann Oberth, Edward G. Robinson, Mihail Sebastian, Carmen Sylva, Tristan Tzara, Helène Vacaresco (Elena Văcărescu), Johnny Weissmuller, Elie Wiesel. Added: February 5, 2010.

  • Romanian Celebrities -- by Irina and Stefan Gheorghiu
    This is a section on their Discover Romania site. List includes Constantin Brancusi, Emil Cioran, Andrei Codrescu, Mircea Eliade, George Enescu, Eugen Ionesco, Hermann Oberth, Nadia Comaneci, Gheorghe Hagi, Ilie Nastase, Ion Tiriac, Dracula, and Ceausescu.

  • The famous Romanians presented in this section of Your Online Portal to Romania are of Romanian descent and/or born in Romania.

    On this page: Angela Gheorghiu, Eugène Ionesco, Dinu Lipatti, Mihail Manoilescu, Emeric Marcier, Herta Müller, Hermann Oberth, George E. Palade, Andrei Serban, Tristan Tzara, Ion Tiriac, Johnny Weissmuller, Elie Wiesel, Gheorghe Zamfir

    Page 1: Ana Aslan, Alexander Balanescu, Constantin Brancusi, Victor Brauner, Nicolae Ceausescu, Sergiu Celibidache, Emil Cioran, Henri Coanda, Andrei Codrescu, Nadia Comaneci, Ileana Cotrubas, Ioan Petru Culianu, Dracula, Mircea Eliade, George Enescu

BOOKS / CDs / Movies
Angela Gheorghiu

  • The Official Web site of Angela Gheorghiu
    Site includes Angela Gheorghiu's biography as well as a discography with short audio clips for each track of the CDs. You'll also find reviews and interviews, an extensive gallery of photos and an equally large guestbook. Added: May 16, 2002. Updated: February 2, 2010.
  • Angela Gheorghiu's Biography -- on EMI
    Since her graduation from the Bucharest Music Academy in 1990 and her 1992 debut at Covent Garden, Angela Gheorghiu has been reaping accolades and recordings.
  • CD (Decca, 1997): Alagna and Gheorghiu in Donizetti's The Elixir of Love
    Recorded live at the Opéra de Lyon (1996) with Roberto Alagna as Nemorino and Angela Gheorghiu as Adina. A charming display of operatic character and bel canto melody! Effortless and extremely well fused vocal performances, backed by sensitive and supple orchestral support. Besides the leads, I feel that the chorus and Simone Alaimo as quack Dulcamara deserve special mention.

    Musical director Evelino Pidò based her score on the Alberto Zedda's edition which she then conferred with Donizetti's manuscript to produce a more "authentic" L'elisir d'amore. She also suggested for this recording Donizetti's second version of the romanza "Una furtiva lagrima," previously unavailable on disc. Stage director Frank Dunlop set this production in 1930s Italy.
    Added: May 15, 2002.

  • The Singing's World Golden Couple?
    The Alagna and Gheorghiu couple view singers as better or worse than others -- not just different. They also insist on stardom and too little humility, which undermines their popularity with colleagues, says critic Norman Lebrecht. Nevertheless, "they have . . . a driving ambition and an impregnable fortress that can shut out the world and all its barbs." By Norman Lebrecht, February 16, 2000. Added: October 5, 2001.
  • Comments Accompanying the Release of Casta Diva CD by EMI Classics
    The posts on Amazon have turned out to be lengthy in this case. I recommend them for the points of view expressed.
  • Verdi Would Be Proud
    Angela Gheorghiu appears as Violetta in Franco Zeffirelli's Met performance of Traviatta, and enjoys high praise for the lead role which catapulted her to stardom more than ten years ago. By Jay Nordlinger, The New York Sun, February 6, 2006. Added: February 9, 2006.
  • Honoring Grace Bumbry with Angela Gheorghiu
    Angela Gheorghiu performed in the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors Gala on December 6, 2009, in front of an audience that included US President Barack Obama and the First Lady. The Romanian soprano sang "Vissi d'arte" (Tosca) in tribute to Grace Bumbry, who was honored at the gala alongside Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Robert De Niro, and Bruce Springsteen. YouTube video. For more details, see a news release on the 21C Media Center Web site. Added: February 2, 2010.
  • Prom at the Palace -- La Traviata -- Brindisi -- Verdi
    Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna sign the "Brindisi" aria from La Traviata during the Prom at the Palace concert held in London in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. YouTube video. Added: February 2, 2010.
  • Angela Gheorghiu -- O mio babbino caro -- Gianni Schicchi -- Puccini
    Angela Gheorghiu performs the aria "O mio babbino caro" at a 2005 concert held in honor of Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands who was celebrating her Silver Jubilee. YouTube video. Added: February 2, 2010.
  • Angela Gheorghiu -- Lara -- Granada
    Angela Gheorghiu sings Agustín Lara's "Granada" in Seoul, South Korea, in 2005. YouTube video. Added: February 2, 2010.
Verdi: La Traviata / Sir Georg Solti

The 1994 live recording from Covent Garden. Also on DVD.

In addition to the eponym aria from Norma, Gheorghiu tackles Guglielmo Tell, I Puritani, La Sonnambula, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor, and more. EMI Classics, 2001.

Angela Gheorghiu, featured alongside Cecilia Bartoli, Marylin Horne, Montserrat Caballé, Mirella Freni, Joan Sutherland, Leontyne Price, Kiri Te Kanawa, Birgit Nilsson, and other divas. London Classics, 1998.

Angela Gheorghiu's new DVD, released this spring. Added: May 15, 2002.

Eugène Ionesco/Eugen Ionescu

The Bald Soprano and Other Plays: The Lesson/Jack or the Submission/The Chairs

Witty and quotable outside the world of the "theater of the absurd."

Dinu Lipatti

  • Prince of Pianists: Lipatti
    Mark Ainley's heartfelt and well-informed tribute to Dinu Lipatti's life and artistry. Revised form of an article that appeared in the Summer 1999 edition of International Piano Quaterly. Added: February 2, 2010.
  • Dinu Lipatti -- The Last Recital
    Peter Gutmann writes on about Dinu Lipatti's last recital at Besançon in September 1950. "The playing is nearly note-perfect, each piece is brilliantly conceived, and every phrase is alive with inflection, deeply expressive but under perfect emotional control." Added: February 2, 2010.
  • Dinu Lipatti -- Bach Cantata No. 147
    Dinu Lipatti performs "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" ("Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring") from Bach Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" ("Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life"). YouTube audio clip. It's the piece Dinu Lipatti played, "as a final offering" (in Mark Ainley's words) at the end of his last recital. (Unfortunately this piece was not included on the CD.) Added: February 2, 2010.
  • Dinu Lipatti -- Ravel -- Alborada del gracioso
    Dinu Lipatti dazzles and yet preserves an extensive range of nuance in this short but full of character piece by Ravel. YouTube audio clip. The performance is included on this CD. Added: February 2, 2010.

Last Recital -- where Lipatti's spirit, aided by cortisone, prevailed

A dying 33-year old Lipatti playing Bach, Mozart, Schubert, and Chopin at the Besançon Music Festival in September 1950.

Chopin, Liszt, Ravel and Others

Includes an inebriating performance of Chopin's Sonata No. 3. EMI Classics, 2001.

Two CDs in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series. From Philips.

Radu Lupu

Mihail Manoilescu

  • Interwar and Postwar Structuralist Theories of Development in Romania and Latin America
    Professor Joseph L. Love speaks about the influential theories of economist Mihail Manoilescu at a four-day international conference held at Elisabeta Palace, Bucharest, in 1998. Manoilescu's Theory of Protectionism and International Commerce, where he argues, among other things, for the industrialization of agrarian countries and for each nation's right to protect itself on the free market, was embraced by Brazil's politicians in the 1930s and became the ideology behind the industrialization of the São Paulo state in Brazil.

Emeric Marcier

  • The Emeric Marcier Virtual Museum
    Emeric Marcier was born in Cluj, lived for the most part in Brazil, and died in Paris. He is said to be the most important contemporary Latin American religious painter. Died in 1990. Explore his life, works and influence here. Link updated: February 3, 2010.
  • Emeric Marcier on
    Features three self-portraits by Emeric Marcier. This site also offers, among other resources, a useful list of museums in Brazil, find them here, with links to their Web sites.

Herta Müller

Hermann Oberth

Hermann Oberth: The Father of Space Flight 1894-1989

Read about the book which shaped the face and future of space travel, as we know it today. By Boris V. Rauschenbach, 1994.

Primer for Those Who Would Govern

Hermann Oberth, father of astronautics, left behind science coupled with words of wisdon. Primer for Those Who Would Govern is his last book.

George E. Palade

Andrei Serban/Andrei Şerban

  • Serban's Hamlet: A New Twist. By Ulrika Brand
    Graduate of the Theater Institute of Bucharest, Romania, Andrei Serban first made a name for himself with his bold productions of classical Greek drama. He left Romania in 1965 and has since worked with prestigious theater companies in the US, Europe and Japan. Andrei Serban has received the Tony and Obie awards as well as grants from the Ford, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations. He has been teaching at Columbia School of the Arts since 1992.

The Magic World Behind the Curtain: Andrei Serban in the American Theatre

Ed Menta's book follows Andrei Serban from the early 1970s to his 1989 staging of Twelfth Night at the American Repertory Theater.

Tristan Tzara

cover Flight Out of Time: A Dada Diary
(Documents of Twentieth Century Art)

The Dada Painters and Poets: An Anthology

Read Tristan Tzara's Manifestoes and so much more. Get Dada under your skin and see if it can live there. Book edited by Robert Motherwell.

Ion Tiriac/Ion Ţiriac

Johnny Weissmuller

By Johnny Weissmuller Jr., William Reed, W. Craig Reed (Contributor), Danton Burroughs (Contributor).
ECW Press, October 2002.
Elie Wiesel

  • Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Peace Laureate
    May 1, 2002. Please note: This page is down for now.
    Biography on the official site of The Nobel Foundation. Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet. He's well known for his efforts as Chairman of The President's Commission on the Holocaust, as well as for his writings, among which Night, the abridged account of his Holocaust experience seems to be the most memorable.
  • Elie Wiesel -- 1992 Recipient of Ellis Island Medal of Honor
    A brief but informative and engaging biography on the Ellis Island Medals of Honor Web site. Added: May 1, 2002.


By Elie Wiesel, et al. Bantam Books, Reissue Edition (1982).

October 7, 2002. Now you can start reading Elie Wiesel's Night online on Amazon.
Gheorghe Zamfir

Zamfir, Murmures de la forêt (Forest Murmurs)

Page 1: Ana Aslan, Alexander Balanescu, Constantin Brancusi, Victor Brauner, Nicolae Ceausescu, Sergiu Celibidache, Emil Cioran, Henri Coanda, Andrei Codrescu, Nadia Comaneci, Ileana Cotrubas, Ioan Petru Culianu, Dracula, Mircea Eliade, George Enescu
Zamfir: The Lonely Shepherd
Polygram Records, 1990.
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