Romaşcanu: ONB concert for Iași Oncology should show another dimension of cultural institutions

The Minister of Culture, Lucien Romashcano, stated that the organization, on Tuesday evening, of the Bucharest National Opera, a concert in favor of the Regional Oncology Institute of Iai, starring tenor Freddy de Tommaso and soprano Liz Davidsen, should show “the last dimension of cultural institutions, that is, their placement in the service of important facts, And great and priceless works.”

It is about life, it is about bringing people together, through the details of each institution, this time we are talking about music, but this also happens in theater and ballet, any kind of cultural artistic phenomenon, to make people share a noble purpose. (…) Unfortunately, not everything can be done from a central source. I can give you a number. A few years ago, I read that the value of contributions to charitable causes in America was about $270 billion. Of course, these things are, at one time, part of civilization and culture, on the other hand, and the state encourages this kind of activity very much by way of tax deductions, etc., but in general it shows that society serves itself in any way possible, when there is a will ‘, said Romaciano on Monday, at the press conference dedicated to the announcement of the concert.

He hoped that the signal given by the Bucharest National Opera would be “very strong”, so that “we see this kind of event more and more”.

There was another one at the National Theatre, also in the Health Service. In this way, I assure you that the Ministry of Culture, without any restrictions, will make its scenes available whenever they are called upon for these kinds of reasons, Lucien Romaschano said.

The Director General of ONB, Daniel Jenga, announced to AGERPRES that the initiative wants to “return to the social sphere with the initiatives taken by Romanian society to support cultural institutions and entertainment institutions”.

It’s about our increasing involvement in this field, because the artist’s role in society is not only to entertain people, inviting them to performances, but also to educate and harmonize souls and raise their awareness of certain issues such as, in this case, better organization of palliative care centers,” said Jenga.

And the ONB director believes that after the ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday evening, “they are likely to raise between 10,000 and 15,000 euros.”

But I think more important than the amount is awareness and education. I don’t want to tell you – if we put the market share to great guest artists, that would be well over €50,000 for tomorrow night’s show. And they agreed to come free for the event,” Daniel Jenga added.

In turn, the artists, Freddy Di Tomaso and soprano Liz Davidson, announced that they support this humanitarian cause, and will develop free of charge. They invited the public to come to the exhibition so that as much money as possible would go to the Yash Institute. “It’s so important for us as artists to look up and try to help,” said Liz Davidson.

During the press conference, doctors Vladimir Poros, Head of the Department of Palliative Care of the Regional Institute of Oncology in Iai, and Remus Nika, Primary Physician – General and Surgical Oncology at the Central Military Hospital in Bucharest, who is a violinist, called for the artists to be involved in social work.

Anglo-Italian tenor Freddy di Tommaso along with soprano Liz Davidson, discoveries of world opera, are the protagonists of the extraordinary Gala for the Regional Oncology Institute of Iai, which will take place on Tuesday, 18:30 during the centenary season of the National Opera in Bucharest.

The program will include works by Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Wagner and Pietro Mascani.

Conductor José Miguel Pérez Sierra will be on the desk of the Bucharest National Opera Orchestra and Choir, the directorial idea belonging to Rareş Zaharia.

Tickets (from 25 lei) can be purchased at or the ONB ticket office.

Iaşi Regional Oncology Institute is the only public mono-national institute in Romania specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, it was built and equipped according to European standards after 1990.

The donation account of Iaşi Regional Oncology Institute is RO33TREZ40620F370100XXXX.

AGERPRES is the event’s media partner.

*Freddy de Tommaso attracted attention in 2018, when he won the two most important prizes at the Francisco Vinas International Singing Competition in Barcelona (1st Prize and Placido Domingo Prize), where he was appointed by the Vienna Opera House on the spot.

In December 2021, he made his Covent Garden debut as Tosca’s Kavaradosi, replacing Brian Heimmel and becoming the youngest tenor and at the same time the first Briton in this role since 1963 on the famous London stage.

Exclusive artist Decca Classic and the first tenor to sign with the famous record label after Jonas Kaufmann, released his debut album Passione, which debuted on the classical music charts and won the BBC Magazine Award for Best New Artist. His second album, Il Tenore, will be released on June 24, 2022.

* As the greatest soprano on the lyrical world map, a worthy descendant of opera legends such as Kirsten Flagstad or Birgit Nilsson, Norwegian-born soprano Lise Davidsen became internationally known on stage in 2015, winning numerous awards in prestigious competitions.

The discography of the soloist (also exclusively deca classics artist) includes some highly acclaimed recordings: works by Fidelio and Der Freischutz under the musical direction of Marek Janowski with the Dresden Orchestra and Radio Frankfurt, as well as two exceptional music recordings with Arias.of the Italian and German repertoire, with Mark Elder and Issa Becca Salonen as the leaders of the miqaat.

Liz Davidsen performed for the first time in Romania in 2015, a few months before winning an opera, in concert with Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder at the Romanian Athenaeum with the Philharmonic ‘George Enescu’, under the musical direction of Mr. Christian Badie, she will be invited in 2019 to the “George Enescu” International Festival at Peter Grimes Opera, along with the National Radio Orchestra.

* José Miguel Perez Sierra is part of the new generation of Spanish conductors, who already have solid experience in Iberian and European opera houses. He majored in Belcanto, and his most notable appearances were at the Pesaro Festival and Palau de les Arte Reina Sofia in Valencia with La Scala di Seta from Rossini, Teatro del Liceo Barcelona with Madama Butterfly, and he was often invited to the Puccini Festival in the Lake Tower.


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