Gheorghiu's Diva Debuts on Billboard Chart

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Diva, the latest album from soprano Angela Gheorghiu, debuted on the Billboard classical chart this week at number 21.

The album collects previously released arias from Norma, Il trovatore, Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and other operas, recorded at the Royal Opera and elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Gheorghiu's previous album, a disc of Puccini arias, re-entered the chart at number 15.

Violetta, a CD of excerpts from Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villaz‹n's recording of La traviata, remained at number one on the chart for the third straight week.

Yo-Yo Ma, who recently won the $1 million Dan David prize, also had a good week on the chart: his Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone moved from number six to number three; Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon jumped from number 10 to number five; and Vivaldi's Cello moved from number 15 to number 10. The three albums have spent 75, 48, and 99 weeks on the chart, respectively.

On the classical-crossover chart, Andrea Bocelli's Amore remained at number one. Il Divo's Ancora, at number two, was certified gold, with more than 100,000 sales, and the group's debut Il Divo remained at number three. New entries included the Celtic Tenors' Remember Me at number 16 and composer-conductor Tim Janis's Coastal America at number 19.

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