Anna Netrebko did make an outstanding performance singing the title role. As she has recognized in recent interviews, the second act is the one she prefers. I would agree on this point and she was really great there. As everyone knows, one of the most awaited moments of the opera is the mad scene. And Anna was also superb here. Both from the points of view of the singing and the acting. She just captivated the audience. This performance has been also a special one because the glass harmonica, instead of the flute, has been used for the first time at the Wiener Staatsoper. The results were very beautiful and they were later on stressed out at the curtain call, when Anna Netrebko delivered special ovations addressed to the glass harmonica player. She addressed also ovations to the prompter.
Giuseppe Filianoti as Edgardo was pretty well and his singing was largely rewarded by the ovations and bravos from the audience. Nevertheless, I did not found his performance fully convincing. Much more convincing was George Petean as Enrico and also Stefan Kocán as Raimondo. Particlularly weak was the singing of Marian Talaba as Arturo. The orchestra was wonderfully conducted by Marco Armiliato.
On-line Press reviews
Staatsopern-Publikum feiert Netrebko - Wien ORF.at
Staatsoper: Warten auf den Wahnsinn - 15.03.2009 18:14 WALTER WEIDRINGER (Die Presse)
Königin Anna, die Wahnsinnige - 15. März 2009 17:33 ERNST P. STROBL (SN)
Einfach eine Ausnahmekünstlerin - 16.03.2009 Kurier
Comeback mit kleinen Schönheitsfehlern - 16.03.2009 Renate Wagner - Neues Volksblatt
Schön, dass sie endlich wieder da ist - 15.03.2009 Kurier
Curtain calls photos [1-3] by Herbert
Stage door photo by Herbert
Anna Netrebko - Mad Scene
ORF TV News
Video recorded from ORF TV by Georg
Annas Glamour-Show in Wien, Oe24.at, Wien 22. März 2009