Tuesday, April 28, 2009

La Traviata, Opernhaus Zürich, Zürich 26. April 2009

La Traviata - Verdi

Conductor Marco Armiliato

Producer/production Jürgen Flimm
Set design Erich Wonder
Costumes Florence von Gerkan
Lighting Jakob Schlosstein
Choir rehearsal Jürg Hämmerli
Choreography Katharina Lühr

Orchester der Oper Zürich
Chor der Oper Zürich

Anna Netrebko Violetta Valéry
Anja Schlosser Flora Bervoix
Liuba Chuchrova Annina
Piotr Beczala Alfredo Germont
Vladimir Stoyanov Giorgio Germont
Miroslav Christoff Gastone
Cheyne Davidson Barone Douphal
Pavel Daniluk Marquese d Obigny
Valery Murga Dottor Grenvil
Noel Vazquez Giuseppe
Heikki Yrttiaho Domestico
Uwe Kosser Comissionario

Herbert, a regular and faithful reader of this blog, attended the performance of La Traviata at the Opernhaus Zürich on 26. April 2009. Despite the fact that it was Anna's first appearance at the Opernhaus Zürich, Herbert tell us that "the audience already love and adore her. There was a Swiss couple sitting next to me, and the lady said: One can get addicted to Netrebko".

Talking about Anna's performance on stage, Herbert tell us: "I was so surprised how different Anna sang and acted the role of Violetta compared with Salzburg 2005. She is no girl anymore, but a woman, her voice is rounder and her intensity has grown, especially when she is on stage all alone and sings her arias like "E strano" and "Sempre libera". The audience almost stopped breathing when she roamed across the stage, filled it with her presence, looked straight into the audience or hurled a glass against the wall".

After the performance, it was a signing session in the lounge of the first tier, with Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala. "They came in only 30 minutes after the final curtain, looking "fresh" and good-humoured as if they had been on holidays. They signed CDs, DVDs, photos, posters... anything, and they were in a very good temper. Only when she finally left the room, Anna confessed that her feet were aching because of her new high-heels..."

Photo Album
Exclusive curtain call and signing session photos by Herbert

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