Angela Similea

Angela Similea


Ioana Angela Similea (born July 9, 1946, December 1, Ilfov, Romania) is a Romanian singer of light music, very successful in the ’70s and’ 80s.  Her big hits include: “Welcome Sunbeam,” “Unbearable Sadness,” “When the Boys Look at Us,” “Infinite Blue,” “If You Weren’t There,” “Hurry Up and Come,” “The Ballad of Open Love,” “Recall Me and I’ll Be Back,” “I’ll Sing for the Third Millennium,” “Don’t Take My Love,” “Life Goes Loving Before,” “The Last Tram,” or “Die of Love injured “.


Childhood and adolescence (1946 – 1969)

Born on July 9, 1946 in the commune of 1 Decembrie in Ilfov County, Angela Similea was the eldest of the three children of the couple Petre and Gherghina Similea, with two younger brothers. [4] She has been attracted to music since childhood, when, although very shy, she used to sing when traveling by tram, to the displeasure of her mother, who always tried to make her stop. [5] As a teenager, her mother’s severity, as well as the fact that she did not let her go out to tea with her friends, caused her an inferiority complex.  A great influence in choosing the career of a singer was when she first attended a concert by Maria Tanase. However, due to her mother’s categorical refusal to let her pursue a career that did not provide her with material security, telling her that she had to have a “decent job”, she wanted to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.

During high school, music teacher Marin Teofil discovered her talent, guiding her to the composer George Grigoriu, who then conducted the UTC ensemble.He arranged for Angela Similea to take singing lessons with Florica Orăscu, who worked with many other performers from the same generation such as Aura Urziceanu, Dida Drăgan, Mihai Constantinescu and Olimpia Panciu.Because Florica Orăscu considered that the future artist had a “too crystalline” voice, she recommended that she start smoking in order to gain gravity. After a relatively short period, Angela Similea’s voice matured, descending and becoming deeper. [7] He started singing in 1965 in the amateur movement, asserting himself within the Festival of amateur artists, obtaining the third place with the song “Plain under the moon” by V. Veselovski, then obtaining the first prize at the Bucharest Spring competition. [6]

The debut of “The Golden Deer” and “An Infinite Blue” (1970 – 1979)

He achieved his first success with the second prize at the International Festival “Golden Stag”, in 1970 [9] when he won the Silver Stag for performing the songs “After the night, the day comes” and “Twilight”. He debuted on television in the show-contest Emotions for the first time with the songs “Așa ești tu” and “Guantanamera”. [1]

In 1971 he released George Grigoriu’s Twilight, with which he won the Special Jury Prize at the Ancora Děčín Competition in Czechoslovakia.

In 1972, at the Golden Orphan Festival in Bulgaria, she won second place with the song “You are my spring” by Florin Bogardo, her participation being mentioned by Billboard magazine. [10]

In 1977, he released the song “Un albastru infinit”, composed by Marcel Dragomir, with which he would win the first prize at the Mamaia Festival. The musician also participated in the Sopot Festival in Poland where she had to perform the song “Un albastru infinit” and “Țurai” with Marius Țeicu and Olimpia Panciu. As the orchestra’s scores for “An Infinite Blue” did not arrive in time, although they were sent through the embassy, ​​Țeicu performed the songs for the a cappella song “Pastel”, the night before the festival, to be performed by the Polish choir, the orchestration for “An Infinite Blue” being much more complex and difficult to play, so that Similea could participate. On the morning of the festival, the organizers decided to move Similea to the opening of the concert, but she refused. She would win the “Miss Zoom” award.

The apogee (1980 – 1990)

In 1981 he joined the cast of the musical Corina made by the composer Edmond Deda and Cella Tănăsescu after The Holiday Game (Mihail Sebastian), then My Brother, Charles (after the comedy The School of Gossip by Richard Rinsley Sheridan) and Goodbye Women.

In 1985 he appeared in the film The Remnant directed by Ion Popescu Gopo. Throughout his career he managed to collaborate with some of the greatest and best Romanian composers: Ion Cristinoiu, Marcel Dragomir, Marius Țeicu, Zsolt Kerestely, Temistocle Popa, Dan Iagnov, Marian Nistor, Florin Bogardo, Adrian Enescu, George Grigoriu .

Fluctuating success and “To die of hurt love” (1991 – 2004)
The song “To die of wounded love”, composed by Marcel Dragomir, on the lyrics of Aurel Storin, was declared “the song of the twentieth century” by the public, on the occasion of the gala organized by TVR 2, in 2000. In 2005, Angela Similea returned to the music market, after ten years of absence, with a new album, entitled “My World”, made by Ovidiu Komornyk.

“My World”: Returning to Public and Media Attention (2005 – 2011)
Leaving for America and the new album (2012 – present)

Personal life

Her first marriage was to Andi Constantin, a professional electrician, from whom she quickly separated to marry guitarist Sorin Movileanu. During this marriage, Angela Similea became a mother for the first time, giving birth to Sorin. The second marriage did not work either, and Angela Similea arrived, again, at the altar with Jan Hilgen, a businessman from the Netherlands whom she met through some friends, in Romania. He adopted her son and together they lived a beautiful love story for 17 years, this being the longest marriage of Angela Similea. In 1991, the two said goodbye. She was then married to politician Victor Surdu on February 9, 1999. The latter died on April 7, 2011.

Public image and style

The musician’s voice has been described as “a vibrant, deep voice with an unmistakable musical range, a specific vocal timbre, an inimitable voice”,  but also “irreplaceable”  and “a voice with nuances of crystal, with a special, unmistakable stamp. “The lyrics of most of the compositions performed by Similea, as well as those performed by other soloists during the 1980s, such as Mirabela Dauer, Marian Nistor or Cătălin Crișan, were criticized. as syrupy.

Due to the great commercial success of the musician over the years, she is also nicknamed “Lady of the hits” and “The most beloved [singer] of light music”. According to a CURS poll conducted for Jurnalul Național in 2009, Angela Similea was declared “the most appreciated singer” in the last 20 years by the public.

The musician described herself as a perfectionist when it comes to working in the recording studio, [21] stating that she goes with the lesson learned. Similea took dance lessons, enjoying dancing a lot, being a fan of sport dance. As artists who had a strong impact on music, Similea listed Michael Jackson, whom he described as a “genius,” saying he adored him, ABBA, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles.  The artist is a cinephile, loving theater and opera alike.The musician also expressed her admiration for Toto Cutugno, both musically and for his charities.

The singer expressed interest in releasing a live album or DVD, but turned down an offer from TVR for the DVD, calling it “embarrassing”. Titus Muntean said that Similea is the artist with the most recordings for television in the pre-December period.

Alexandra Ungureanu described Similea as an idol for her.

Frequent collaborators

Angela Similea has collaborated with Marcel Dragomir for several songs over the years, “An Infinite Blue” and “To Die from Wounded Love” being considered the best collaborations of the two.

Similea described Adrian Enescu as “Americanized, more Western”, in response to the statement that he was the most nonconformist composer he worked with.

Hitting (selective)

  • “An Infinite Blue” (1978)
  • “Turtle Egg Omelette” (1978)
  • “Thinking of Me From Time to Time” (1983)
  • “Why Do You Look at Me” (1983)
  • “When Will You Stop Loving Me” (1983)
  • “My House” (1983)
  • “Nostalgia” with Savoy (1985)
  • “If You Won’t Come” (1985)
  • “Love Me Because You Like Me” (1985)
  • “Hurry Up and Come” with Savoy (1985)
  • “If You Didn’t Exist” (1985)
  • “Recall Me and I’ll Be Back” with Savoy (1986)
  • “I blindfolded the trees” (1986)
  • “Don’t Take My Love” (1987)
  • “I Will Sing for the Third Millennium” (1987)
  • “Love Me” (1987)
  • “Call Love, Bring It Back” (1988)
  • “I Will Never Cry” (1988)
  • “The Girl with Pitch Earrings” (1988)
  • “For Your Sake” (1989)
  • “Beloved” (1989)
  • “Let’s Reconcile” with Savoy (1989)
  • “For My Heart and Yours” with Savoy (1989)
  • “You, my love” with Marius Țeicu (1991)
  • “To Die from Wounded Love” (1996)
  • “A Love Novel” (1999)
  • “I have my life” (2005)


  • 1984 – “Everything is possible in the game” co-produced by Romanian-Dutch director Bob Rooyens. Cast:
  • Angela Similea, Therese Steinmetz, Radu Simion, Dida Dragan.
  • 1985 – The Remnant – The Fairy
  • 1986 – “A day in Bucharest” – director and screenwriter Ion Popescu Gopo. Cast: Cesonia Postelnicu, Anca Sigartău etc.
  • 1986 – The Golden Train – the singer
  • 2014 – To die of hurt love (short film) – director Iulia Rugină. Cast: Paul Radu, Angela Similea, Adina Stetcu.


  • 1981 – the musical “Corina” after “Holiday Game” by Mihail Sebastian. Cast: Angela Similea, Florin Piersic, Matei Alexandru, Cella Tănăsescu.
  • 1983 – “My Brother, Charles” musical by Edmond Deda which premiered on January 5, 1983.
  • 1991 – the musical “Goodbye, women” by Dan Iagnov / Dan V. Dumitriu, directed by Mihai Berechet. Cast: Angela Similea, Ștefan Iordache and Lia Bugnar.

Awards (selective)

  • 1970 International Golden Stag Festival – performed songs: “The Great Sings” (Paul Urmuzescu) and “After the
  • Night Comes Day” (Aurel Giroveanu / Tudor Mușatescu) – The Silver Stag
  • 1983 “Songs ’82” “My House” – Grand Prize
  • 1984 Mamaia Festival “If you don’t come” – Festival Trophy
  • 1985 “Songs ’84” “I live” – ​​Grand Prize
  • 1986 “Songs ’85” “I will sing for the third millennium” – Grand Prize
  • 1987 “Songs ’86” “Don’t take my love” – ​​Grand Prize, Festival Trophy
  • 1996 Mamaia Festival “To die of hurt love” – ​​Festival Trophy (in the hits section)
  • 1998 Platinum Disc (Electrecord)
  • 1999 Golden Microphone (“Bucharest ’99” Awards)
  • 1999 Diploma of Excellence (Golden Chrysanthemum Festival)
  • 2000 Gold Disc (Electrecord)
  • 2000 Prize for 30 years of artistic career (Electrecord)
  • 2002 Prize for the “Romanian Light Music Gala” (Radio Actualitati)
  • 2003 Prize for artistic career (Lime Flower National Festival)
  • 2004 Interpretive Excellence Award (“Musical News” Magazine)
  • 2004 Order of “Cultural Merit” in the rank of Knight, category B (Romanian Presidency)
  • 2005 Excellence Award (VIP Awards)
  • 2005 Prize – “Vocation in the promotion of national music” (“Balkans and Europe” magazine)
  • 2006 “Best Light Music Soloist Award” 2005 (Cosmopolitan Society)
  • 2006 Gala “10 for Romania” nomination in the category “Best Performing Artist” – 2005)
  • 2007 GOLD DISC Award for record sales of the album “My World” (Ovo Music Production House) [32]
  • 2008 “PLATINUM DISC” Award (Ovo Music Production House) for record sales.

The President of Romania Ion Iliescu awarded to the artist Angela Similea on December 10, 2004 the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Knight, Category B – “Music”, “for special contributions in artistic and cultural activity in our country, for promoting Romanian civilization and history.”


  1. Aurel Crișan, 50 autographs Cerbul de aur, a work published by the author, Brașov, 1970.
  2. Daniela Caraman Fotea, Meridians of the song, Music Publishing House, Bucharest, 1989.
  3. Smaranda Jelescu, Angela – song and prayer, AGNI Publishing House, Bucharest, 1998.
  4. Daniela Caraman Fotea, Titus Andrei, Alternative pop-dance, Humanitas Educational Publishing House, 2003.
  5. The collection of the magazines Ecran-magazin, Salut, Ana, Tineretul liber, Cărăbuș Expres, Formula AS, AGERO, Vedete, Flacăra, Ea şi el, Blitz magazin, Evenimentul zilei.
  6. Music for your soul! volume 1 – Felicia supplement

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