Monday, July 6, 2009

Anna Netrebko Gala, Concert Hall, Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg 5. Jul 2009

An Anna Netrebko Gala with Valery Gergiev conducting the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater was held at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg on 5. July 2009. The Anna Netrebko Gala became one of the brightest events of the XVII Festival "Stars of the White Nights".

The Anna Netrebko Gala, which was scheduled at 22:00, started almost half an hour later. Valery Gergiev had been conducting "Die Walküre" at the Mariinsky Theater on the same day, starting at 15:00 and ending at 21:10. Obviously the Maestro was pretty much exhausted and he needed to have some relax, before starting to conduct the Gala.

After the overture of Glinka's opera "Ruslan and Lyudmila", Valery Gergiev invited Anna Netrebko on stage. The Russian diva sang two arias and three duets. The arias were from Glinka's "Ruslan and Lyudmila" and, for the first time ever, from Puccini's "Madama Butterfly". The three duets were, from Tchaikovsky's "Iolanta", from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" and from Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci". For the duets, Anna Netrebko was joined on the stage by two young Mariinsky soloists, the tenor Sergei Skorokhodov and the baritone Vladislav Sulimsky.

Anna Netrebko sang the Cio-Cio-San monologue from Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" for the first time ever. "I sang Butterfly for first time today. I decided to try and I liked it" said Netrebko.

"In our theater, Anna Netrebko has grown from debutante to world star. And I think that her example - a good incentive for young singers to win the Mariinsky creative heights - open a new opportunity" said Valery Gergiev.

On-line Reports
АННА НЕТРЕБКО ВЫСТУПИЛА В ПЕТЕРБУРГЕ -, 6. Jul 2009 [Russian][Videoclip]
Анна Нетребко выступила на фестивале "Звезды белых ночей" в Петербурге -, 6. Jul 2009 [Russian]
Новые стороны таланта Анны Нетребко -, 6. Jul 2009 [Russian]
Чио-Чио от Анны Нетребко -, 8. Jul 2009 [Russian]

Videoclip from

Anna Netrebko and Sergei Skorokhodov singing the duet "Sulla tomba che rinserra" from 1. Act of Lucia di Lammermoor

Photo [1] by Kipps

Photos [1-8] by Vixel

Related posts
Anna Netrebko Gala Performance at the Opera and Concert Hall, Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg 5. Jul 2009

Bookmark and Share


  1. Anna looks stunning with this red dress. Thanks to Violeta, Marga, and Kipps for the links, photos, information... It's very much appreciated.

  2. Listening to the short video, she obviously also sang Lyudmila's first aria.

  3. Did she sing Butterfly because I suggested it to her in Munich? She was totally dismissive about it then - but I could see something lit up inside her head when I mentioned it!

  4. Hehehe... you are right! You told her that after her last performance of La Bohème in München:

    Mingling with fans at the stage door after the third successful performance of La Boheme in Munich, Anna gave a date for when she expects to sing the role of Leonora in Verdi's Il Trovatore - in 3 years time. She made the comment after dismissing my suggestion that she should sing Madame Butterfly. "Oh, no! Not Butterfly!" she said scrunching up her face "But I will sing Trovatore." When? "In three years."



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...