Today, we are going to make a tribute to the great Diva of modern Opera, Anna Netrebko!
Anna Netrebko has been nicknamed “La Bellissima” by fans.
Anna Netrebko celebrated her birthday on September 18th!
Anna Netrebko was born in Krasnodar (Russia), in a family of Kuban Cossack background. While a student at the Saint Petersburg conservatoire, Netrebko worked as a janitor at Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre.
Later, she auditioned for the Mariinsky Theatre, where conductor Valery Gergiev recognized her from her prior work in the theater. He subsequently became her vocal mentor.
Under Gergiev’s guidance, Netrebko made her operatic stage debut at the Mariinsky at age 22, as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. She went on to sing many prominent roles with the Kirov Opera, including Amina in La sonnambula, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor.
In 1994, she sang the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with the Riga Independent Opera Avangarda Akadēmija under conductor David Milnes.
Anna Netrebko now lives in Austria with her husband, Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott and he is also another super star of opera.
Their son Tiago Aruã Schrott was born on 5 September 2008 in Vienna.
In March 2007, Netrebko announced that she would be an ambassador for SOS Children’s Village in Austria, and be a sponsor for the Tomilino village in Russia.
Anna Netrebko’s greatest performances:
In 1995, at the age of 24, Netrebko made her American debut as Lyudmila in Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila at the San Francisco Opera. Following this successful performance, she became a frequent guest singer in San Francisco.
She is known as an acclaimed interpreter of other Russian operatic roles, such as Natasha in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery and Marfa in The Tsar’s Bride.
Netrebko has also made successful forays into bel canto and romantic roles such as Gilda in Rigoletto, Mimi in La bohème, Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Elvira in I puritani.
In 2002, Netrebko made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Natasha in the Met premiere of War and Peace.
In the same year, she sang her first Donna Anna at the Salzburg Festival’s production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She also performed at the Russian Children’s Welfare Society’s major fund raiser, the “Petroushka Ball”. She returned to the Ball in 2003 and 2006 and is an honorary director of the charity.
In 2003, Netrebko performed as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata in Munich, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Los Angeles Opera, and Donna Anna at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Her second album, Sempre Libera, was released the following year. She later appeared as Violetta Valéry in La traviata at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Carlo Rizzi and in 2008 she performed the same role at Covent Garden to triumphant acclaim on the opening night, opposite Jonas Kaufmann and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in performances conducted by Maurizio Benini.
In 2004, Netrebko was a minor cast member, playing herself, in Royal Engagement (a sequel to 2001’s The Princess Diaries), where she sang “Sempre Libera” from Verdi’s La traviata.
Netrebko appeared at the Last Night of the Proms on 8 September 2007 where she performed “Ah! Se una volta … Ah! Non credea mirarti … Ah! Non giunge” from La sonnambula, “Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß” (Giuditta) and the song “Morgen!” by Richard Strauss (with violinist Joshua Bell).
In the fall of 2007 she reprised her role as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera. In December 2007, Netrebko performed for Martin Scorsese, a 2007 Honoree, at the Kennedy Center Honors, and in May 2008 she made a much-awaited debut at the Paris Opera in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, with Joyce DiDonato as her Romeo.
In her first performance after her maternity leave, Netrebko sang Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor when it opened at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 14 January 2009, in a production from the Scottish Opera led by John Doyle.
She then sang the same role in January and February 2009 at the Metropolitan Opera. Netrebko appeared as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Royal Opera House in Spring 2009, and as Violetta in La traviata in June 2009 at the San Francisco Opera.
On 13 November 2010 in a matinee performance broadcast nationally by PBS, she sang the role of Norina in Don Pasquale at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House under conductor James Levine.
On 2 April 2011, she sang the title role of Gaetano Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Vienna State Opera for a sold-out premiere there, and the repeat performance on 5 April 2011 was broadcast live to cinemas around the world. On 7 December 2011 she opened the new season at La Scala in Milan as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.
She has the distinction of being invited to appear in three consecutive opening night new productions at the Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena in 2011, L’elisir d’amore in 2012, and Eugene Onegin, scheduled for September 2013.
In September 2011, it was announced that Netrebko will be performing at either or both of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, near her native Krasnodar.
All of us, the opera fans and specially the Anna Netrebko fans, can’t wait to see her in either the Opening or Closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia next year!
My Favorite performances of Anna Netrebko!
One of my favorite performances of Anna Netrebko is from Glinka’s “Ruslan and Lyudmila” at the Kirov Opera, conducted by Valery Gergiev in 1995!
I also admire her in Massenet’s “Manon” with Rolando Villazon at the Staatskapelle Berlin in 2007!
Another favorite performance of Anna Netrebko that I admire is as Susana in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro”, with Ildebrando D’Arcangelo at the Vienna State Opera in 2006.
And what about Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” with Rolando Villazon and Leo Nucci at the Vienna State Opera in 2005? She was fantastic!
And we can not also forget her Violetta in Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Rolando Villazon and Thomas Hampson at the Vienna State Opera also in 1995! She was wonderful! Fantastic! Superb!
BUT, my all time favorite performance of Anna Netrebko is in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the MET in 2009! In my opinion, Anna Netrebko gave one her greatest operatic performances of her career in that year!
I also enjoy the special Gala concerts that Anna Netrebko gave in Baden-Baden in 2007, the Mozart Gala in Salzburg in 2006, the 3 Super Stars in Berlin in 2006 with Plácido Domingo and famous Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon and the 3 Super Stars in Berlin concert in 2010 with her husband, Erwin Schrott and famous German Tenor Jonas Kaufmann.
Honors, recognition, awards and trivia:
Time magazine placed her on its Time 100 list in 2007.
She was identified by the journal Musical America as “a genuine superstar for the 21st century” and was named ‘Musician of the Year’ for 2008.
She has also been described by Associated Press as “the reigning new diva of the 21st century”.
She was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation.
A Tribute to Anna Netrebko!