Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Anna Netrebko's new album Souvenirs

Anna Netrebko's new album Souvenirs will be released on 7. November 2008 in Germany and on 11. November 2008 worldwide. Beside the standard version of the album, a Limited Deluxe Edition including a CD, a DVD, a poster and signature cards will be also available.

The album has been recorded in Prague in March 2008 and mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, tenor Piotr Beczala and boy-soprano Andrew Swait are invited guests in this recording. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the Prague Philharmonia and Prague Philharmonic Choir.

Deutsche Grammophone has launched a special microsite devoted to this album. The contents of the microsite includes the following sections: About the album, Video, Gallery, Track list and Tell a friend. The Video section has 2 videos included in the DVD.

A videoclip on the recording of the album can be seen at the KlassikAkzente website.

Buy the album Souvenirs (Ltd. Deluxe Edt.) on KlassikAkzente
Buy the album Souvenirs (Ltd. Deluxe Edt.) on
Buy the album Souvenirs (Ltd. Deluxe Edt.) on jpc

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I have been tagged!

The rules
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Mostly Opera was my tagger.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog - some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blog.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. If you don't have 7 blog friends, or if someone else already took dibs, then tag some unsuspecting strangers.

The 7 facts
1. When I was 20 years old I traveled from Barcelona to Kathmandu through France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

2. After a Don Giovanni performance in London I was having dinner at the table next to Anna, Erwin, Jeffrey and others in an Italian restaurant. Erwin invited me to a glass of sweet wine and cookies.

3. I became interested in opera by Wagner. At that time, I was listening only Wagner.

4. I have been in front of what it was the last home of Marie Duplessis in Paris, watching the building, listening "La Traviata" on my mp3 player and having "La Dame aux Camélias" in the pocket of my coat.

5. I have been two times in Hawaii... What a great time there!

6. I spent last New Years Eve in New York at the MET, attending a performance of Roméo et Juliette with Anna and Polenzani in the title roles

7. Anna is my favourite soprano... Well, I think you already knew that...

The ones I tag
1. Ester, owner of the blog Adios, amigo adios, a huge fan of Plácido that I first met during a performance of Die Walküre at the Teatro Real in Madrid and since then we have been attending many opera performances in Europe.

2. Christina, a German young girl owner of the blog Anna & Rolando, devoted to the greatest couple in opera.

3. Joyce, owner of the blog Yankee Diva, one of the best mezzo-sopranos which always finds time to share her thoughts, opera experiences and photos on her wonderful blog.

4. Susan, owner of the blog I'd be rather sleeping, mother of a very young opera lover boy and huge fan of Nathan.

5. Luvi, an Italian young girl owner of the blog Josep Carreras, devoted to one of the greatest spanish tenors.

6. The Poltergeist of the Opera, another fan of Anna and Rolando on the net.

7. Mei, a Barcelona-based owner of the blog GTL Torn T, one of the most active bloggers covering a wide range of opera interests.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Anna is back in Wien

Anna Netrebko is back in Wien where Erwin Schrott is singing the title role in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at the Wiener Staatsoper. Anna did attend the premiere of Le Nozze di Figaro on 24. October 2008. She was sitting in one of the boxes close to the stage. At the curtain call, Erwin looked up to her and sent her a kiss.

Schrott: "Bin sehr stolz auf Anna!", Oe24. at

Thanks to Herbert for the information and the picture of Anna at the box of the Wiener Staatsoper

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Anna Netrebko on the Met Player

The Metropolitan Opera website has already launched the Met Player. Monthly and year subscriptions, as well as are opera rental services, are available. A 7-day free trial is also available but it will automatically roll into a monthly subscription unless cancelled before end of trial period. The catalog has several HD video recordings, including Roméo et Juliette on 15. December 2007 with Anna Netrebko and Roberto Alagna and I Puritani on 6. January 2007 with Anna Netrebko. The catalog has also audio recordings, including Don Pasquale on 15. April 2006 with Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Flórez, Mariusz Kwiecien and Simone Alaimo, Rigoletto on 17. December 2005 with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón and Don Giovanni on 15. February 2003 with Anna Netrebko as Zerlina.

A HD video clip of Act II of I Puritani with Anna Netrebko can be watched for free.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Anna Netrebko awarded with two Echo Klassik 2008

Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón have been awarded with another Echo Klassik 2008, now in the category of Bestseller of the Year for their "Duets" Album. Anna Netrebko was also awarded in the category Opera DVD Production of the Year for "Le Nozze di Figaro".

Other Echo Klassik 2008 awards were for Spanish tenor José Carreras for his lifetime achievement, Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli as Female Singer of the Year and French counter-tenor Philippe Jaroussky as Male Singer of the Year.

The Echo Klassik 2008 Awards Ceremony takes place tonight at the Philharmonie im Gasteig, München.

Anna Netrebko wants to sing Elsa in Wagner's Lohengrin

It is well known that Anna Netrebko loves Richard Wagner musical dramas, but up to now she was not considering to sing any role of this repertoire. The only Wagner role that she did in the past, was a small role as a 2. Flower Maiden in Parsifal in St. Petersburg (May 1997), Istanbul (Jun 1998) and Salzburg (August 1998).

But now, in an interview given this summer in Salzburg for Classic FM Magazine she said "I want to try Wagner's Lohengrin because it is beautiful and I want to sing it". She also added that "there is much more repertoire I will be able to sing". To hear Anna as Elsa, would be one of the most exciting experiences! Brava Anna!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Anna Netrebko on the cover of Classic FM Magazine

This month's issue of the Classic FM Magazine has an interview with Anna Netrebko. The interview was done in August 2008 when Anna was in Salzburg and talks about life, love and motherhood. Anna is on the cover of the magazine and the headlines read "Anna Netrebko & Angela Gheorghiu - The Greatest Living Sopranos".

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Anna Netrebko on Austrian and German TV

26. Oct 2008 9:40 - 10:35h
"Zum Sterben schön - Am Filmset von La Bohème"
Making of "La Bohème" with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón

9. Nov 2008 18:00 - 18:30
"Netrebko und Villazón: Die Lovestory für das Kino"
Thanks to Philip for the information

Related posts:
La Bohème - The Trailer
Premiere of La Bohème in Wien, today
Las cuatro caras de Rodolfo

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Premiere of La Bohème in Wien, today

Today, the premiere of the new Robert Dornhelm's film La Bohème, starring Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón, will take place in Wien. The film will be at the movie theaters in Austria on 10. October 2008 and in Germany on 23. October 2008. Rolando Villazón has confirmed that he will attend the premiere, but, unfortunately, Anna Netrebko will not be able to do it, due to "important personal reasons".

This is a video clip from the ORF2 Austrian tv:

Thanks to Christina Luise for uploading the video clip


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