Classical Notes

Dick O’Riordan: Gheorghiu wins hearts and minds at an ecstatic NCH

Romanian diva Angela Gheorghiu ratcheted up excitement to a new level among the usually extremely measured and calm NCH audience

Angela Gheorghiu: the Romanian diva had the audience in the palm of her hand from the moment she began to sing at the NCH. Picture: Stedman Photography

If you were to single out a night at the National Concert Hall (NCH) that really grabbed you in its embrace and made you gasp with the power and passion of what you had just witnessed, what would it be?

I’ve been attending concerts there for a very long time and thought I had seen it all, but the arrival of Romanian diva Angela Gheorghiu last weekend ratcheted up excitement to a new level. An ...