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Interview with soprano Kristine Opolais: “I wanted to be an actress, not an opera singer”

After her intense performance, at times imbedded with sparks of the actress-diva that she is on stage, she greeted me backstage looking even more beautiful up close. Opolais is known for her innate expressiveness and theatrical interpretation skills, which have contributed to her success at various major opera houses around the world. Among other places… Read more »

Interview with Manu Delago: What I like the most is when I play to large groups of people and it gets absolutely quiet

Manu Delago’s handpan and Anoushka Shankar’s sitar – The Privileged Glimpse into a World of Bliss Interview by Cristina Enescu An Austrian from Tirol playing an instrument created in Switzerland, anybody? How about a mesmerizing concert of world famous sitar magician Anoushka Shankar alongside “one of her favourite musicians”, Manu Delago, playing the handpan unlike… Read more »

Steven van Groningen, Raiffeisen Bank CEO: “If we kept the positive attitude during the festival after it ended, we would see a long-term impact”

In 2001 he came to Romania to work as Operations Vice-President at Raiffeisen-Banca Agricolă. Since February 2002, he has been the CEO of Raiffeisen Bank, which he brought to a top position in Romania in just a few years. He is a Dutch citizen, graduate of the Leiden University of The Netherlands, majoring in Corporate… Read more »

The concert given by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on 16 September at the Enescu Festival 2017 will begin at 20:30, for reasons not imputable to the organisers

The concert given by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Zubin Mehta and with pianist Khatia Buniatishvili as a soloist, scheduled for 16 September at the Palace Hall, will begin at 20:30, for reasons not imputable to the organisers. The concert given by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor… Read more »

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The Enescu Festival officially opened on September 4 in 1958, three years after George Enescu passed away thus marking the debut of the most important international musical event hosted by Romania.

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GEORGE ENESCU

A genius. A free man. A genuine modern spirit, not only for fashion’s sake. A man of his word. A character. George Enescu is the first Romanian composer who crossed the threshold into the universal cultural heritage.

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