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The 2013 Opera Ball. The First evening
Among the remarkable guests who by their presence added a plus value to the Ball, there were: IPD Andreicut, Mitropolitul Ardealului, PS Florentin Crihalmeanu, Episcopul Grecocatolic al Clujului si Academicianul Ionel Haiduc, Presedintele Academiei Romane.
The evening started with a collection of the most prestigious Italian operas, such as: : Giacomo Rossini – “Il barbiere di Seviglia”, Giusepe Verdi – “Don Carlo”, “Otello”, and Rigoletto”, but also Gaetano Donizzetti – Don Pasquale sau Giacomo Pucini – “Turandon”, interpreted by exceptional singers such as: Marian Pop, Cristian Mogosan, Marius Budoiu (the director of the National Opera in Cluj) or Tony Brandon.
This evening the Italian musical acoustic box was inaugurated, from now on the orchestra being ablew to perform on stage. This, with an investment of 15.000 Euros, had been especially made for the 2013 edition of the Opera Ball and will become a part of the Cluj-Napoca National Opera’s Patrimony. In this way the Philarmonic Orchestra will also be able to perform here.
Last night there were also awarded the musical awards of this time, which were awarded by Marius Budoiu, the Director of the Rmanian Opera House in Cluj-Napoca): the Lia Hubic Awards, the “Mecena” Award and the “Alexandru Farcas” Award, awarded for the very first time right now and right here. The aopera ball 2013 is a national cultural event, among the laureates also being artists from other cultural centers such as Bucharest, Iasi sau Timisoara.
The winners of the Lia Hubic awards (5) were: Baritone Stefan Ignat from the National Opera in Bucharest, Mihai Sampetrean, Constantin Simionescu from the National Opera in Iasi, Dan Patacu, singer at the National Opera in Timsoara and Pataki Adorian singer at the Magyar Opera in Cluj.
The Alexandru Farcas Award went to Marian Pop, the same singer who interpreted this evening the arias Largo al Factorum from Il Barbiere di Seviglia” (Giacomo Rossini) or the Otello-Jago duet from “Otello” (together with Marius Budiu, the director of the Natioanl Opera House in Cluj). This award was brought on stage by the daughter of Alexandru Facrcas.
Then followed the Mecena” Award, offered to those who support year after year the Romanian culture. This year the Mecena Award went to the Romania Commercial Bank ((BCR Sis).
After the champaigne break offered by Janis Group via My Way Club, one if the main sponsors of the event, there followed a recital by Emanuel Cristea, with hits from the international repertoire.
The “Gala da moda” Fashion Show which followed presented the fashion collections of the Italian designers from Alta Moda Italia: Mariana Mansanta, Luigi Gaglione si Tina Arena. The fashion presentation ended wit a recital by Lavinia Bocu. The special guest for this section of the event was Gai Mattiolo.
The fashion show ended with the awarding of the “Moda cum Laude” Trophey by Prof. Univ. Dr. Ioan Sbarciu and Lect. Univ. Dr. Elena Basso Stanescu, from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca.
Then there came the long-waited-for moment of Italian culinary art, that offered the audience a taste of Italy’s flavor. Among the culinary pieces offered by the Ursus Beerhouse (from downtown) there were: penne alla carbonara, sformato and the cacao cream with honey and nuts. A real delice!
After the midnight dinner we have to move ourselves a little. The 900 participants at the Opera Ball were invited to dance by Maria Bota and Mihai Bajinaru.
The first evening of the Opera ball edition 2013 ended with an After Party in the My Way Club.