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234th Season

Anna Netrebko



Anna Netrebko is no longer just the darling of the opera world: she is enchanting audiences around the globe while continuing to cultivate the respect and admiration of opera’s most devoted and demanding fans. Her beautiful, dark, and distinctive voice, together with her elegant and alluring stage presence, have prompted critics to hail the Russian soprano as “Audrey Hepburn with a voice,” and “a singer who simply has it all: a voice of astounding purity, precision, and scope, extensive dynamic and tonal range, imagination, insight, and wit – all combined with a dazzling charisma that makes it all but impossible to look away when she is performing.

Since her triumphant Salzburg Festival debut in 2002 as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Anna Netrebko has gone on to appear with nearly all of the world’s great opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, the Berlin State Opera, and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera. She also frequently returns to the Kirov Opera at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg (where she began by cleaning the floors during her conservatory days and later, in 1994, made her stage debut as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro) to collaborate with her longtime mentor, conductor Valery Gergiev.

Anna Netrebko made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 2002 as Natasha in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, a role she has also sung at London’s Covent Garden, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, and Madrid’s Teatro Real. Ms. Netrebko’s other signature roles include Mimм in Puccini’s La bohиme; Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Elvira in his I puritani, and Amina in his La sonnambula; Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Susanna in his Nozze di Figaro; Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Adina in his L’elisir d’amore, and the title role in his Lucia di Lammermoor; the title role in Massenet’s Manon; Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette; and Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata.

Ms. Netrebko also appears extensively in concerts and recitals throughout the world, both in revered music halls such as London’s Barbican Hall and Paris’s Theatre des Champs-Elysees, and in arenas in front of tens of thousands of people. Her outdoor concerts with Placido Domingo and Rolando Villazon at Berlin’s Waldbuhne on the eve of the 2006 World Cup Final and at Vienna’s Schonbrunn Palace in advance of the 2008 Euro Championship Final were both televised live and watched by millions of people around the world. Anna Netrebko made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 in a sold-out concert with baritone Dimitri Hvorostovsky, and later that year she headlined the BBC’s tradition-rich "Last Night of the Proms" at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

At only 36 years of age, Anna Netrebko boasts a discography that is already quite extensive and includes solo albums, complete opera recordings, and DVDs. Her solo discs for the venerable Deutsche Grammophon label – Opera Arias, Sempre Libera, and Russian Album – have all been bestsellers, as have her audio recordings and DVDs of La traviata and Le nozze di Figaro and her DVD of music videos, Anna Netrebko: The Woman, The Voice. To date, all of her albums have earned platinum status in Germany and Austria. Her recording Duets, with her frequent stage partner, tenor Rolando Villazon, claimed the top spot on the Billboard classical chart shortly after its release in the U.S., and in Europe Duets set a record for the best debut ever for a classical album, climbing to the top of the pop charts in several countries.

Further confirming her status as "the reigning new diva of the early 21st century," in 2007 Anna Netrebko became the first opera singer ever to be named to the TIME 100 list – Time magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world. That same year she serenaded film director Martin Scorsese on the CBS broadcast of the 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, and in 2008 she performed on the BBC telecast of the Classical BRIT Awards alongside Andrea Bocelli. Ms. Netrebko has been profiled in numerous glossy magazines, including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Town & Country, to name but a few. She has also been featured on television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS’s 60 Minutes, and Germany’s Wetten, dass..?,
and documentaries on her have been televised in Austria, Germany, and Russia.

Anna Netrebko’s other honors and awards include Grammy nominations for her recordings Violetta and Russian Album, Musical America’s 2008 "Musician of the Year," Germany’s prestigious Bambi Award, the U.K.’s Classical BRIT Awards for "Singer of the Year" and "Female Artist of the Year," and six German Echo Klassik awards. In 2005, she was awarded the Russian State Prize – the country’s highest award in the field of arts and literature – by President Vladimir Putin, and in 2008 the President bestowed on her the title of "People’s Artist of Russia."

In the fall of 2008, Anna Netrebko stars alongside Rolando Villazon in a feature film release of Puccini’s La boheme, directed by Oscar- and Emmy-nominated director Robert Dornhelm. Netrebko and Villazon also recently released a full-length recording of the opera on Deutsche Grammophon. In November, Anna Netrebko will release her fourth solo album on DG, Souvenirs: a sparkling, international melange of operetta arias and seductive salon songs.

Later in the 2008-09 season, Anna Netrebko performs her signature role of Lucia di Lammermoor both at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at the Vienna State Opera. She also gives her critically acclaimed portrayal of Violetta in La traviata at the Vienna State Opera, at the San Francisco Opera, and, in her debut, at the Zurich Opera. She returns to the Royal Opera House in London for Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and she sings Mimi in La boheme at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. In May, Ms. Netrebko performs concerts with Dimitri Hvorostovsky in London at the Royal Festival Hall and in Braunschweig. Over the summer of 2009, she returns to the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden for the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolantha.

Anna Netrebko biography

Born in Krasnodar in September 18, 1971 . Studied at the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire (class of Professor T. D. Novichenko). Made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1994 as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro).

The Russian State Award (2004).

Prize-winner at the All-Russian Glinka Vocalists‘ Competition (1st prize, Moscow, 1993).

Prize-winner at the II International Rimsky-Korsakov Young Opera Singers‘ Competition (3rd prize, St Petersburg, 1996).

Recipient of the Baltika prize (1997).

Recipient of the Casta Diva Russian music prize (1998). Recipient of the Golden Sophit, St Petersburg‘s highest theatre prize (1999).
In 2005, Anna has received two prestigious German classical music Echo awards in the categories "Singer of the year" and "Album of the year" (for the recording Sempre Libera).

Repertoire includes

Lyudmila (Ruslan and Lyudmila; videodisc made in 1995 with Philips Classics),
Xenia (Boris Godunov),
Marfa (The Tsar‘s Bride),
Luisa (Betrothal in a Monastery),
Natasha Rostova (War and Peace),
Gerda (The Story of Kai and Gerda),
Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro),
Donna Anna, Zerlina (Don Giovanni),
Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia),
Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor),
Violetta (La traviata),

Antonia (Les Contes d‘Hoffmann),
Klingsor‘s Flower Maiden (Parsifal),
Musette (La Boheme)
and Sonnambula (La sonnambula).

Has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre to Finland (Mikkeli Festival), Germany, (Schleswig-Holstein Festival), France, Israel, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, the USA (Metropolitan Opera) and Turkey.

Has performed at the world‘s leading opera venues, among them the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and the Royal Festival Hall (London) with the Rotterdam Philharmonic in concert performances of Berlioz‘ operaBenvenuto Cellini conducted by Valery Gergiev.

In 1999-2000 she took part in productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Betrothal in a Monastery, Idomeneo and La Boheme with the San Francisco Opera.

Has sung the role of Gilda (Rigoletto) at the Washington Opera.

At the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in May 2000 and 2001, she sang works by Bach and Handel (Judas Maccabaeus).

At the San Francisco Opera and Washington Opera she sang as Musette (La Boheme), Ilia (Idomeneo), Adina (L‘elisir d‘amore), Nannetta (Falstaff), Marfa (The Tsar‘s Bride) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).

In summer 2002, she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), performing the same role at the opening of the season at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London).

In September 2003, her first album was released, which involved an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The same year, she performed as Lucia in Donizetti‘s Lucia di Lammermoor with the Los Angeles Opera. In February 2004 Anna Netrebko performed at the Vienna Opera Ball and, as the Austrian press noted, "literally charmed the demanding Viennese public with her unusually beautiful, unique voice".

In August 2004 she released her second album, like the first (September 2003) recorded with Duetsche Grammofon, and she also made her debut in cinema in The Princess Diaries 2 (Walt Disney, directed by Garry Marshall).

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