The beautiful Anna Netrebko is considered the best current interpreter. Many people magazine covers remind us that this amazing singer star sparkles on stage and posesses all the qualities of a true artist. As with great voices from the past, it only takes a few notes to recognize her round and powerful voice, with a profound and warm timbre. Celebrated superstar at the Metropolitan Opera, she made the opening of La Scala in Milan in Giovanna d'Arco in 2015 where she also received many rounds of applause. Needless to say, all the great halls in the world fight for her, between the Royal Opera House in London, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, and the Paris Opera where it is sometimes difficult to obtain tickets for her shows.
The exemplary career of Anna Netrebko started at the bottom of the hierarchy in the Mariinsky troupe in St. Petersburg. Valery Gergiev is the one responsible for spotting her amazing talent and through his help the young girl was able to get noticed abroad. From great Italian composers, to Russian and French, her repertoire is constantly evolving and wisely, she sometimes dares to deny a role, leading to anecdotic scandals that already make her a legend. The fact remains that each of her appearances is a delight and always a great moment of performance. Anna Netrebko is a rare artist, a star who deserves this very special status.
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Born in 1971 in Krasnodar, Russia, Netrebko studied vocal performance at the St Petersburg Conservatory. When she auditioned for the Mariinsky Theatre, she was spotted by Valery Gergiev, who became her vocal mentor. She made her operatic stage debut at the Mariinsky, aged 22, singing Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. One year later she made her US debut at the San Francisco Opera. She really started pulses racing in the international opera world with a triumphant Salzburg Festival debut in 2002 as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Since then she has gone on to perform with nearly all the world’s great opera companies, displaying consummate skill and naturalness as she inhabits each new role, including Mozart’s Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Puccini’s Mimì (La bohème) and Manon Lescaut; Verdi’s Violetta (La traviata), Gilda, Leonora, Lady Macbeth and Giovanna d’Arco; Bellini’s Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Elvira (I puritani) and Amina (La sonnambula); Donizetti’s Norina (Don Pasquale), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Lucia di Lammermoor and Anna Bolena; Massenet’s Manon; Gounod’s Juliette; Tchaikovsky’s Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) and Iolanta; Wagner’s Elsa (Lohengrin); and, most recently, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur.
Her debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera also came in 2002, and she has returned every season since, becoming the only soprano to have opened the season in three consecutive years (2011–13), as well as captivating audiences worldwide thanks to the Met’s “Live in HD” cinecasts. Anna Netrebko appears every season at the Vienna State Opera – she has lived in Vienna for many years and obtained Austrian citizenship in 2006. Having made her La Scala debut in 2011 as Donna Anna, she returned to Milan in 2012, giving performances as Mimì that won praise from critics and audiences alike. She made her role debut as Verdi’s Lady Macbeth at the Bavarian State Opera in 2014 and was invited back to La Scala to open the 2015-16 season in a production of the same composer’s Giovanna d’Arco, the work’s first performance there for over 150 years and Netrebko’s first stage appearance in its title role.
She began 2016 in another Verdi role, that of Leonora (Il trovatore) at the Paris Opéra. This was followed in May by her highly anticipated role debut as Elsa in Lohengrin, alongside Piotr Beczala in the title role, conducted by Christian Thielemann at the Dresden Semperoper. Netrebko’s first Wagnerian role was widely praised, Die Zeit emphasising the “richness and warmth that emanated from the rounded sound of a perfectly focused, excess-free vocalisation”. Lohengrin was released internationally on 7 July 2017 as Deutsche Grammophon’s first ever Ultra HD 4K opera recording (also available on DVD/Blu-ray and eVideo).
Another operatic highlight of 2016 was also recorded live by DG: Anna Netrebko’s portrayal of Manon Lescaut at one of three concert performances of Puccini’s work at last summer’s Salzburg Festival in which she starred opposite her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov. Manon Lescaut – Live from Salzburg was released in December 2016, coinciding with Netrebko’s appearances in the role at the Met.
Anna Netrebko has been awarded many honours and prizes over the course of her career so far. In 2005, she was awarded the Russian State Prize, the country’s highest award in the field of arts and literature. In 2008 she was given the title of “People’s Artist of Russia”, and in 2014 was invited to sing the Olympic Hymn live at the internationally televised opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Internationally, she has received three Grammy nominations, for her CDs Violetta, Russian Album and Verismo; Musical America’s 2008 “Musician of the Year”; Germany’s prestigious Bambi Award; the UK’s Classic BRIT Awards for “Singer of the Year” and “Female Artist of the Year”; and eleven German ECHO Klassik awards, including “Female Singer of the Year” in 2014 and 2016. In February this year she was granted the distinguished title of “Kammersängerin” at a ceremony at the Vienna Staatsoper, and on 7 May 2017, while headlining at the Met’s 50th-anniversary gala concert, Netrebko was named “Female Singer of the Year” at the International Opera Awards.
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