Sunday, May 17, 2009

Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Volkswagenhalle, Braunschweig 16. May 2009

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky with the Staatskapelle Weimar conducted by Riccardo Frizza, have performed yesterday night in a concert at the Volkswagenhalle in Braunschweig.

The programme included famous arias and duets from operas by Donizetti, Verdi, Gounod, Leoncavallo, Wagner, Dvorak, Strauss and Tchaikovsky.

Anna Netrebko, soprano Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone

Staatskapelle Weimar
Riccardo Frizza, conductor

Volkswagenhalle, Braunschweig
Saturday 16. Mai 20009

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Ouvertüre, Don Giovanni
Richard Wagner: O Du, Mein Holder Abendstern (Song to the evening star) (Tannhauser, Act 3)
Richard Strauss: Cäcilie, Op.27 No.2
Gaetano Donizetti: Regnava nel silenzio (Lucia di Lammermoor)
Charles Gounod: Avant de quitter ces lieux (Faust)
Giuseppe Verdi: Overture, La forza del destino
Ruggiero Leoncavallo: Nedda! Silvio, a quest'ora (Pagliacci)


Gioacchino Rossini: Ouverture, La Gazza Ladra
Charles Gounod: Jewel Song (Ah, je ris) (Faust)
Giuseppe Verdi: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto)
Pietro Mascagni: Intermezzo Sinfonico, Cavalleria Rusticana
Antonin Dvorak: O silver moon (Rusalka)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Yelensky's Aria (The Queen of Spades)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Polonaise (Eugene Onegin)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Final scene from Eugene Onegin

Staatskapelle Weimar
Riccardo Frizza, conductor
Anna Netrebko, soprano
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone

Herbert attended the concert and wrote the following report:
The "Volkswagenhalle" seemed to be sold out yesterday - I heard that about 6.000 people were there.

The programme was a bit different from Anna's former "big" concerts in arenas etc., but it had obviously to do with her partner, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. They both were a good match. Dmitri looked and sang like a "Siberian Ice Tiger", and Anna offered a mix of German, Italian, French and Russian arias and duets. During the evening the audience were getting more and more enthusiastic, especially after the final duet from Eugen Onegin.

I liked her aria "Regnava nel silenzio" (Lucia di Lammermoor) best, especially when she stepped aside and sang the final lines without the microphone - and there was almost no difference!

After the official end of the concert the audience stood up and didn't finish their standing ovations until Anna and Dmitri added some encores.

When Dmitri sang a Russion folk song, "Orchie Chornye" (Dark Eyes), Anna entered the stage from the left side with no shoes on and a tambourine in her hands. She accompanied him and danced like a gipsy queen - throwing herself on her knees in front of Dmitri. What an effective finale! (see photo 7 and videoclip 3).

On-line Press Reviews
Umjubelter Netrebko-Auftritt nach Babypause, Rhein-Zeitung online 16. Mai 2009 [German]
AZ-Blitzkritik: Anna Netrebko - Bewährte Perlen frisch poliert, Abendzeitung 17. Mai 2009 [German]
Opernstar Netrebko nach Babypause umjubelt, 17. Mai 2009 [German]
Netrebkos Glanz in der Volkswagen-Halle, 18. Mai 2009 [German]

Photos [1-8] by Herbert

Videoclips [1-4] uploaded to Youtube by valenzisomere

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  1. Did anyone attend or has anybody seen any reviews of this concert please?

  2. Nice programme, quite similar to the one announced for upcoming concert at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

  3. Actually I hope that the programme in Munich will be different...

  4. Herbert wrote: The programme of Anna's and Dmitri's open air concert in Munich (10. July 2007) will be almost the same like the one in Braunschweig, but some more Russian elements can be expected because Valery Gergiev will conduct the orchestra of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre.

    I was expecting also that the concert in München would be quite similar to the ones at Braunschweig and Royal Festival Hall. Adding some more russian works would be great.



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