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Anna Netrebko

Anna Netrebko, 2005
Background information
Birth nameAnna Yuryevna Netrebko
Born(1971-09-18) 18 September 1971 (age 41)
Krasnodar, Soviet Union
(now Krasnodar, Russia)
OriginRussian
GenresOpera
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1993–present
Websiteannanetrebko.com
 
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Anna Netrebko

Anna Netrebko, 2005
Background information
Birth nameAnna Yuryevna Netrebko
Born(1971-09-18) 18 September 1971 (age 41)
Krasnodar, Soviet Union
(now Krasnodar, Russia)
OriginRussian
GenresOpera
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1993–present
Websiteannanetrebko.com

Anna Yuryevna Netrebko (Russian: Анна Юрьевна Нетребко, born 18 September 1971) is a Russian operatic soprano. She now holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenship and currently resides in Vienna. She has been nicknamed "La Bellissima" by fans.

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Biography

Netrebko was born in Krasnodar (Russia), in a family of Kuban Cossack background.[1] While a student at the Saint Petersburg conservatoire, Netrebko worked as a janitor at Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre.[2] Later, she auditioned for the Mariinsky Theatre, where conductor Valery Gergiev recognized her from her prior work in the theater. He subsequently became her vocal mentor.[3] Under Gergiev's guidance, Netrebko made her operatic stage debut at the Mariinsky at age 22, as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. She went on to sing many prominent roles with the Kirov Opera, including Amina in La sonnambula, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor.

In 1994, she sang the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with the Riga Independent Opera Avangarda Akadēmija under conductor David Milnes.

In March 2006, Netrebko applied to become an Austrian citizen, receiving her citizenship in late July.[4] According to an interview in the Austrian weekly news, she will live in Vienna and Salzburg. Netrebko cites the cumbersome and humiliating process of obtaining visas (as a Russian citizen) for her many performances abroad as the main reason for obtaining Austrian citizenship.[5]

In March 2007, Netrebko announced that she would be an ambassador for SOS Children's Village in Austria, and be a sponsor for the Tomilino village in Russia.[6]

In April 2008, Netrebko announced that she and her fiancé, Uruguayan baritone Erwin Schrott, had married,[7] but their wedding has actually never taken place.[8] Their son Tiago Aruã Schrott was born on 5 September 2008 in Vienna.[9]

Netrebko at the Mariinsky Theatre after receiving the honorary title of People's Artist of Russia

Performances

Anna Netrebko as Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore

In 1995, at the age of 24, Netrebko made her American debut as Lyudmila in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila at the San Francisco Opera. Following this successful performance, she became a frequent guest singer in San Francisco. She is known as an acclaimed interpreter of other Russian operatic roles, such as Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace, Louisa in Betrothal in a Monastery and Marfa in The Tsar's Bride. Netrebko has also made successful forays into bel canto and romantic roles such as Gilda in Rigoletto, Mimi in La bohème, Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Elvira in I puritani.

In 2002, Netrebko made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Natasha in the Met premiere of War and Peace.[10] In the same year, she sang her first Donna Anna at the Salzburg Festival's production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She also performed at the Russian Children's Welfare Society's major fund raiser, the "Petroushka Ball". She returned to the Ball in 2003 and 2006 and is an honorary director of the charity.

In 2003, Netrebko performed as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata in Munich, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Los Angeles Opera, and Donna Anna at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her second album, Sempre Libera, was released the following year. She later appeared as Violetta Valéry in La traviata at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Carlo Rizzi and in 2008 she performed the same role at Covent Garden to triumphant acclaim on the opening night, opposite Jonas Kaufmann and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in performances conducted by Maurizio Benini. However, she cancelled three subsequent performances due to suffering a bronchial condition. This was the second time she had cancelled her performances at the Royal Opera House, having withdrawn from some performances of Don Giovanni the previous summer due to illness.

On 30 May 2007, Netrebko made her Carnegie Hall debut with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Originally scheduled for 2 March 2006, Netrebko postponed the recital because she did not feel artistically ready.[11]

Netrebko appeared at the Last Night of the Proms on 8 September 2007 where she performed "Ah! Se una volta ... Ah! Non credea mirarti ... Ah! Non giunge" from La sonnambula, "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß" (Giuditta) and the song "Morgen!" by Richard Strauss (with violinist Joshua Bell).[12] In the fall of 2007 she reprised her role as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera. In December 2007, Netrebko performed for Martin Scorsese, a 2007 Honoree, at the Kennedy Center Honors, and in May 2008 she made a much-awaited debut at the Paris Opera in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, with Joyce DiDonato as her Romeo.

Netrebko was scheduled to sing Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor in October 2008 at the Metropolitan Opera, but due to her pregnancy she decided to drop out of the role.

In her first performance after her maternity leave, Netrebko sang Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor when it opened at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 14 January 2009, in a production from the Scottish Opera led by John Doyle.[13] She then sang the same role in January and February 2009 at the Metropolitan Opera. Netrebko appeared as Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Royal Opera House in Spring 2009, and as Violetta in La traviata in June 2009 at the San Francisco Opera. On 13 November 2010 in a matinee performance broadcast nationally by PBS, she sang the role of Norina in Don Pasquale at New York's Metropolitan Opera House under conductor James Levine. On 2 April 2011, she sang the title role of Gaetano Donizetti's Anna Bolena at the Vienna State Opera for a sold-out premiere there, and the repeat performance on 5 April 2011 was broadcast live to cinemas around the world. On 7 December 2011 she opened very successfully the new season at La Scala in Milan as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.

In September 2011, it was announced that Netrebko will be performing at either or both of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, near her native Krasnodar.[14]

Discography

Complete opera recordings in DVD format

#Recording
year
OperaCastConductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Release
year
Label
11995Glinka
Ruslan and Lyudmila
Anna Netrebko
Vladimir Ognovenko
Larissa Diadkova
Gennady Bezzubenkov
Galina Gorchakova
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2003Philips
21998Prokofiev
Betrothal in a monastery
Anna Netrebko
Larissa Diadkova
Nikolai Gassiev
Aleksander Gergalov
Sergei Aleksashkin
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2005Philips
32005Verdi
La traviata
Anna Netrebko
Rolando Villazón
Thomas Hampson
Helene Schneiderman
Diane Pilcher
Carlo Rizzi
Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera chorus
and Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg (stage music)
2006Deutsche Grammophon
42005Donizetti
L'elisir d'amore
Anna Netrebko
Rolando Villazón
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Leo Nucci
Inna Los
Alfred Eschwé
Vienna State Opera orchestra, chorus and stage orchestra
2007Virgin Classics
52006Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Anna Netrebko
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Bo Skovhus
Dorothea Röschmann
Christine Schäfer
Nicolaus Harnoncourt
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera chorus
2007Deutsche Grammophon
62007Bellini
I puritani
Anna Netrebko
Eduardo Valdes
Franco Vasallo
John Relyea
Eric Cutler
Patrick Summers
Metropolitan Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2008Deutsche Grammophon
72007Massenet
Manon
Anna Netrebko
Rolando Villazón
Christof Fischesser
Alfredo Daza
Rémy Coraza
Daniel Barenboim
Staatskapelle Berlin and Berlin State Opera chorus
2008Deutsche Grammophon
82008Puccini
La bohème
Anna Netrebko
Rolando Villazón
George von Bergen
Nicole Cabell
Adrian Eröd
Bertrand de Billy
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and chorus
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz children chorus
2009Axiom Films
92009Donizetti
Lucia di Lammermoor
Anna Netrebko
Mariusz Kwiecien
Piotr Beczala
Colin Lee
Ildar Abdrazakov
Marco Armiliato
Metropolitan Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2009Deutsche Grammophon
102010Donizetti
Don Pasquale
Anna Netrebko
Mariusz Kwiecien
Matthew Polenzani
John del Carlo
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
2011Deutsche Grammophon
112011Donizetti
Anna Bolena
Anna Netrebko
Elīna Garanča
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Elisabeth Kulman
Francesco Meli
Evelino Pidò
Vienna State Opera orchestra and chorus
2011Deutsche Grammophon

Complete opera recordings in audio CD format

#Recording
year
OperaCastConductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Release
year
Label
11995Glinka
Ruslan and Lyudmila
Anna Netrebko
Vladimir Ognovenko
Larissa Diadkova
Gennady Bezzubenkov
Galina Gorchakova
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2003Philips
21997Prokofiev
The love for three oranges
Anna Netrebko
Larissa Diadkova
Mikhail Kit
Evgeny Akimov
Alexander Morozov
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2001Philips
31998Prokofiev
Betrothal in a monastery
Anna Netrebko
Larissa Diadkova
Nikolai Gassiev
Aleksander Gergalov
Sergei Aleksashkin
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
1999Philips
42005Verdi
La traviata
Anna Netrebko
Rolando Villazón
Thomas Hampson
Helene Schneiderman
Diane Pilcher
Carlo Rizzi
Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera chorus
and Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg (stage music)
2006Deutsche Grammophon
52006Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Anna Netrebko
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Bo Skovhus
Dorothea Röschmann
Christine Schäfer
Nicolaus Harnoncourt
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera chorus
2007Deutsche Grammophon
62007Puccini
La bohème
Anna Netrebko
Rolando Villazón
Boaz Daniel
Nicole Cabell
Stéphane Degout
Bertrand de Billy
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and chorus
Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz children chorus
2008Deutsche Grammophon
72008Bellini
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Anna Netrebko
Elīna Garanča
Joseph Calleja
Robert Gleadow
Tiziano Bracci
Fabio Luisi
Vienna Symphony and the Wiener Singakademie
2009Deutsche Grammophon

Other albums in audio CD and DVD formats

Recognitions and awards

Time magazine placed her on its Time 100 list in 2007.[15] She was identified by the journal Musical America as "a genuine superstar for the 21st century" and was named 'Musician of the Year' for 2008.[16] She has also been described by Associated Press as "the reigning new diva of the 21st century".

She was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation (2004).[17]

Playboy magazine placed her in their "sexiest babes of classical music" list.[18]

References

  1. ^ Интервью с Анной Нетребко-Анна Нетребко: Я никогда не ходила по струнке. Татьяна Павловская, Краснодар. , in Rossiyskaya Gazeta, issue no. 4070 dated 19 May 2006
  2. ^ Melissa Whitworth, "Cinderella Soprano". Telegraph, 19 February 2006
  3. ^ Jessica Duchen, " Anna Netrebko: A rare jewel from the East". The Independent, 6 November 2006.
  4. ^ ORF.at, 26 July 2006. (in German, Google translation)
  5. ^ Galina Stolyarova, "National Treasure". Moscow Times, 26 May 2006
  6. ^ Anna Netrebko profile, SOS Children's Villages
  7. ^ Jeffries, Stuart. "I conquered the critics." The Guardian. 26 April 2008 (Retrieved 9 February 2009)
  8. ^ Finn, Robin. "Breakfast Eggs (15 Ways) by a Soprano" The New York Times. 14 January 2011 (Retrieved 24 August 2012)
  9. ^ "Anna Netrebko brachte Buben zur Welt" (in German). ORF. 5 September 2008. http://wien.orf.at/stories/305472/. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  10. ^ Peter Culshaw, "'Justin Timberlake is too young for me'". Telegraph, 26 October 2006.
  11. ^ AP via San Francisco Chronicle "Russian Soprano Debuts at Carnegie Hall" May 30, 2007
  12. ^ Last Night of the Proms: program
  13. ^ Stolyarova, Galina. "Mariinsky Diva Back With New Production." The St. Petersburg Times. January 16, 2009 (Retrieved 9 February 2009)
  14. ^ http://rt.com/art-and-culture/news/anna-netrebko-opera-sochi-675/
  15. ^ Porterfield, Christopher (3 May 2007). "Anna Netrebko". TIME Magazine. Archived from the original on 13 January 2008. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100/article/0,28804,1595326_1595332_1615983,00.html. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  16. ^ Elliott, Susan (6 November 2007). "Musical America Announces 2008 Awards". Musical America. http://www.musicalamerica.com/news/newsstory.cfm?archived=0&storyID=17023&cookies=1. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  17. ^ УКАЗ Президента РФ от 06.06.2005 N 641 Президент России
  18. ^ http://www.playboy.com/worldofplayboy/features/classical-babes/results.html?pollid=3315&submit.x=138&submit.y=21&submit=go

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