Criticism has elevated the Romanian soprano Elena Mosuc to the top thanks to her recent interpretations of Violetta Valéry (La Traviata) in bari (Italy) and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), and Elvira (I Puritani), in Bilbao (Spain). Before continuing with her unstoppable lyrical agenda that in the coming months will take her to the Masada Festival (Israel) with La Traviata, to Berlin with Don Giovanni (Donna Anna), to Guangzhou (China) with Carmen (Micäela) and to Barcelona with La Traviata, Romanian diva embarks on a new adventure: operfado, a project that has been developed in collaboration with the prominent and charismatic fado singer - star of the Portuguese music scene- Gonçalo Salgueiro. “Fado is an art form that purifies, that takes you to catharsis”, says Elena Mosuc. “It is an artistic form that involves your whole being and that culminates in the great and unforgettable Amalia Rodrigues“. Salgueiro is a classically trained artist who chose fado as a form of expression even though his fame is also due to his participation as the protagonist of musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar..
“Gonçalo imposes in his interpretations not only love, but also passion and emotions. He has recorded three albums dedicated to the genre that rescue the classic titles together with new ones that he himself has written, becoming a true pioneer. he is a great poet”, explains Elena Mosuc. Bringing together on stage two voices from the two extremes of musical art, sister in Operfado to Romanian and Portuguese cultures. “Gonçalo is a big fan of opera and I have been passionate about fado since I discovered Amália Rodrigues records when I was a child., but by meeting Gonçalo I have renewed my love for this art. That is why we came up with a concert that would unite these two genres with such different styles., but so close to a single artistic feeling. This will be Gonçalo's debut in Romania and I'm glad it's in Iasi, a city with a great cultural tradition”. Operfado also includes some scenes from one of the most famous musicals in history, The Phantom of the Opera..
“as an opera singer”, continues the soprano, “I know the spiritual joy that comes from embodying great heroines all over the world. That is why approaching fado is for me like an unexpected and precious gift.. It is closely linked to the lyrical: it is deep music, only, melancholic, sad and even painful. Opera is my artistic passion and I will always be dedicated body and soul to it, but adventures like these help the excellence of your art; open-mindedness benefits and I believe that opportunities like this should not be prejudiced, that imply growth and new looks at the interpretation. I am convinced (and the enthusiastic reactions of the public prove it) that my intuition is correct: my most recent hits with La Traviata and Puritani, for example, have been seen and accentuated with my study of fado, giving Violetta and Elvira traits that make them more complex, dramatic, mysterious and captivating. I really want to sing my first fado on stage. It is a great joy to share this project with what I consider my audience. Operfado contributes significantly to enrich my mind and to continue my training as a person and as an artist. This is an event that will surely remain in the hearts of all those who can attend the National Theater on 23 of April
from 2014”, an evening that has already sold out.