Monday, August 19, 2013

Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, Salzburg 18. Aug 2013


In honour of the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten


BENJAMIN BRITTEN • War Requiem, Op. 66

Antonio Pappano, Conductor
Anna Netrebko, Soprano
Ian Bostridge, Tenor
Thomas Hampson, Baritone
Salzburger Festspiele und Theater Kinderchor
Wolfgang Götz, Chorus Master
Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Ciro Visco, Chorus Master
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia

Ö1 radio broadcast on 8. September at 11.03
ORF 2 TV broadcast on 1. November

All photos by Herbert

Monday, August 12, 2013

Anna Netrebko Facebook Group

The Anna Netrebko Facebook Group is a nice social media meeting point for all Anna fans who like to be the first to know everything related to the diva: news, photos, videos, articles, new album releases, performances, reviews... anything! It is also the place to express yourself, as well as to meet and discuss with other fans.

The group has currently more than 850 members from different countries all around the world and it is very active. If you like to become a member, you just need to ask to join the group. Your application will be processed ASAP.

I will be glad to welcome you to the Anna Netrebko Facebook Group.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Giovanna d'Arco, Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, Aug. 6, 2013


Dramma lirico in a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Libretto by Temistocle Solera (1815–1878), based on the drama Die Jungfrau von Orléans by Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805)

Felsenreitschule, Salzburg, August 6, 2013

Concert performance
With German and English surtitles
Duration of the opera approx. 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Paolo Carignani, Conductor
Walter Zeh, Chorus Master

Anna Netrebko, Giovanna d’Arco
Francesco Meli, Carlo VII
Plácido Domingo, Giacomo
Roberto Tagliavini, Talbot
Johannes Dunz, Delil
Philharmonia Chor
Wien Münchner Rundfunkorchester

By Herbert
I have just returned from Europe's largest sauna - the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg, where I attended this afternoon the premiere of "Giovanna d'Arco". I must say: RESPECT for the singers, the orchestra, the conductor and the chorus, because it was really hot. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic concert in a sold-out house, and there were endless standing ovations at the end.
The cast was first class - Placido Domingo (Giacomo), Anna Netrebko (Giovanna) and tenor Francesco Meli (Carlo) filled the house with their voices and their personalities. When Anna sang Giovanna's death scene she appeared in the illuminated arcades of the Felsenreitschule (like in "Roméo et Juliette" in 2010!), walking in a golden dress like a Greek goddess from left to the centre, were she stood still and began to sing. It was awesome!
Another highlight was the duet of Placido Domingo and Anna in the third act - wonderful music and excellent singing! After the performance Anna and Placido Domingo appeared at the stage door for photos and autographs, and they were cheered by their fans. ORF has recorded the show and it will be broadcast on radio Ö 1 on 17 August 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

All photos by Herbert


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