Saturday, December 27, 2008

Anna is Back!

After taking a 6-month break from opera to give birth to Tiago Aruä, her first son with bass-baritone Erwin Schrott, Anna Netrebko returns for her Met debut in the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor on 26. January 2009.

The Met site has just published a recent interview with Anna, in which she talks about her return to the stage and her thoughts about Lucia.

"I didn't open my mouth at all. I just started practicing in November. I thought my voice would be wobbling. But no, no–it was there. I immediately sang the whole role of Lucia! I was curious how my voice would be, because I know of sopranos who have lost their voices after giving birth. But it seems like it was exactly the same as it was before. I started to sing like I had never stopped. The only thing that was different was that I got tired quickly. But that's normal. Like a sportsman, you need to train the muscles"

"The first time I heard Lucia I thought, Oh, my God, how can anybody sing that? No way. But later I tried it, and immediately, from the first phrase, it felt so good"

"You have to be able to act, you have to be able to move... That said, I was once at a performance of Lucia at the Vienna Staatsoper, with a wonderful soprano, Edita Gruberova. She doesn't really act–she's a singer. And I have to tell you, that was one of the most amazing Lucias I ever saw. She was just standing and singing, and it was incredible. She blew me away with her singing"

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Derby Park, Hamburg 29. August 2009

Updated on 23. Dec 2008
This concert has been cancelled

Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev will give a concert at the Derby Park, Hamburg on 29. August 2009. This one is the fourth of a concert tour series of Netrebko and Hvorostovsky starting at the Volkswagenhalle, Braunschweig on 16. May 2009 with the Staatskapelle Weimar conducted by Riccardo Frizza and followed by concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 19. May 2009 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Open-Air Königsplatz, München on 10. July 2009 with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Derby Park, Hamburg 29. August 2009 - Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky Buy Tickets

Anna Netrebko 2008-2009 Season Schedule

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Michael Güttler will not conduct Lucia di Lammermoor at the Mariinsky Theater

Conductor Michael Güttler was scheduled to conduct a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Mariinsky Theater, St. Petersburg on 14. and 17. January 2009 featuring Anna Netrebko in the title role. The performance on 14. January will be Anna's first performance after her baby pause. Some full rate tickets are still available.
Updated on 20. Dec 2008

Updated on 9. Jan 2009
Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts Lucia di Lammermoor at the Mariinsky Theater

The performances of Lucia di Lammermoor on 14. and 17. Jan 2009 have been now removed from the Michael Güttler's schedule on his website. Keri-Lynn Wilson will conduct those performances as it is currently announced on the playbill of the Mariinsky Theater website. Note that, there are 5-day to go for the premiere and the cast still has to be announced on the Mariinsky website. Nevertheless, a banner announcing the participation of Anna Netrebko has been included on the main page.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Anna Netrebko is replaced by Ailyn Pérez for the July 1st performance of La Traviata at San Francisco Opera

Now it's official, it has been announced by the San Francisco Opera on their web site and in a press release, that Anna Netrebko will not sing the July 1st performance of La Traviata and she will be replaced by Ailyn Pérez, a 2005 Merola Fellow.

In fact, this performance was removed from Anna's schedule on her web site more than 3 months ago, as it was announced on this blog. Then I asked the San Francisco Opera to confirm if she will perform on that date and I got an email saying that Anna would perform on July 1st. Unfortunately, for those who already had a ticket, Anna will not be singing on July 1st.

Press release [pdf]


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