Sunday, July 13, 2014

Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, France 12 July 2014

Report and photos by
Herbert

"Probably one of Anna Netrebko's best concerts ever" - it may sound like an ad for Heineken beer, but it is true.

Last night she sang at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, and it was an absolute triumph. The Parisiens - many young people in the audience - love and adore her. She was welcomed with ovations even before she had sung a single note.

It was the same programme as in Baden-Baden in June, this time with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava (conductor: Massimo Zanetti), and her tenor partner for two duets was Riccardo Massi.

Although there were numberless curtain calls at the end, she added only one encore (from Dvorak, "Rusalka") and then said she had to finish because she had to sing in Paris again on Monday.

All her arias and duets from Il Trovatore, Macbeth, Otello, Manon Lescaut, Adriana Lecouvreur were samples and "tasters" which made you wish to hear the whole opera sung and interpreted by her.

What a voice, what a presence!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Macbeth, Munich 2014-07-01

Report and photos by Herbert

The second MACBETH on 1 July was as sold out and impressive as the first.

Anna Netrebko's interpretation of the role of Lady Macbeth was intense, striking and certainly a new and promising step in her career.

After the show there was a big reception in teh Nationaltheater, so the singers didn't come out at the stage door, except Joseph Calleja.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Worldwide debut of Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth at the Opera Festival in Munich

Report and photos by:
Herbert

Last night Anna Netrebko sang her first Lady Macbeth ever (worldwide!) at the Opera Festival in Munich.

Together with Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth), Joseph Calleja (what a luxury for the comparatively small role as Macduff!) and Ildar Abdrazakov (Banco) she was the star of the evening and enjoyed a very big success.

One may discuss the production by Martin Kusej. To me the first part was very static, whereas in the second part masses of people crowded the stage, sometimes in underwear, sometimes in uniform, sometimes naked - and the costumes are at least not a stroke of genius by a dress designer.

The same can be said about Anna's red-blonde wig. But you can forget all this when you see Lady Macbeth acting together with her husband or when you listen to Anna's vocal eruptions which brought the house down.

Having heard her now in Il Trovatore, in Manon Lescaut and in Macbeth, I can't believe that she once sang the roles of Adina in Elisir d'amore or Amina in La Sonnambula. What an impressive and unbelievable development of her voice! Her acting, too, is very convincing - as far as the production allows it. Whether she has to balance and sing (!) on a giant chandelier or to walk (in high heels) across a large field of white skulls - she is "the lady".

Standing ovations and many curtain calls for Anna and the whole cast and for conductor Paolo Carignani.

The next and already last performance will be on Tuesday. And then let's look forward to the new Macbeth at the Met in September/October - hopefully director Adrian Noble and his production team will offer a more inspired view of this powerful story than Kusej does.

Some official photos can be seen here.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Anna Netrebko in Baden-Baden on 10 June 2014

Anna Netrebko & James Valenti
Baden-Baden, Germany, 10 June 2014

Report and photos by Herbert

Yesterday Anna gave a "new" concert in Baden-Baden.

It was "new" because she sang only arias from her new repertoire ("Il trovatore", "Manon Lescaut", "Macbeth") or from operas she will hopefully sing as soon as possible ("Andrea Chénier", "Otello", "Adriana Lecouvreur").

If this is the direction of her career, we can be expeting something great!

Even for an encore she said: "No Traviata, no dancing. But Dvorak, Rusalka".


Friday, May 16, 2014

Anna Netrebko's concert in Barcelona postponed

The concert of Anna Netrebko in Barcelona, which was scheduled to take place on 21 May 2014 at the Palacio de la Música, has been postponed until 17 December 2014.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Manon Lescaut, Teatro dell' Opera, Rome, 06-03-2014

Manon Lescaut

Teatro dell' Opera, Rome, Italy, 06-03-2014

Review and photos by:
Marie Delannoy

On March 6, I had the chance to see the last performance of Puccini's Manon Lescaut. The attractiveness of this show was explained by the presence only of Anna Netrebko and conductor Riccardo Muti. The staging was very classic as is the Italian public but extremely consistent. A new stage was proposed in each act. The decor is always impressive, Chiara, daughter of maestro does not skimp on the means: tall ship, luxurious gazebo, house suspended with a balcony, beautiful costumes, ... What is unfortunate is that such devices require whenever a break which cuts the enchantment of spectators.

Orchestral conducting was perfect! Muti is a master in the field and the Roman public adores. At the beginning of each act, a standing ovation was reserved for him.

The entire cast was good and fairly homogeneous. But Anna was clearly a cut above. His interpretation of the heroine of Puccini was just perfect. Can not say that it was taking a role as his mastery of song and stagecraft was perfect!

After the show, Anna lingered a little to his fans outside when it is clearly not intended to do so early. She signed autographs and posed for pictures. After that, she went happily walk with tenor eat at a nearby restaurant.


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