Anna Netrebko, 2013
|Native name||Анна Нетребко|
|Born||18 September 1971|
Krasnodar, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Alma mater||St. Petersburg Conservatory|
|Occupation||Opera singer (soprano)|
|Title||People's Artist of Russia (2008)|
Yusif Eyvazov (m. 2015)
|Partner(s)||Erwin Schrott (–2013)|
|Awards||State Prize of the Russian Federation|
Anna Yuryevna Netrebko (Russian: Анна Юрьевна Нетребко, born 18 September 1971) is a Russian operatic soprano. She holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenships and resides in Vienna, Austria, and in New York City. She is a frequent guest of the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, Mariinsky Theatre, and Royal Opera House in London.
Early life and training
Netrebko was born in Krasnodar (Russia), in a family of Kuban Cossack background. While a student at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Netrebko worked as a janitor at Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre. Later, she auditioned for the Mariinsky Theatre, where conductor Valery Gergiev recognized her from her prior work in the theatre. He subsequently became her vocal mentor.
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 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, Mimì 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. 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. She sang Violetta's aria Sempre libera when she briefly played herself in the 2004 film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.
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. Netrebko appeared at the Last Night of the Proms on 8 September of that year 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). In the fall of 2007 she reprised her role as Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera, and in December Netrebko performed for Martin Scorsese, a 2007 Honoree, at the Kennedy Center Honors. That same year, she announced that she would be an ambassador for SOS Children's Villages in Austria, and be a sponsor for the Tomilino village in Russia.
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. 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. 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 the new season at La Scala in Milan as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. She has the distinction of being invited to appear in three consecutive opening night new productions at the Metropolitan Opera: Anna Bolena in 2011, L'elisir d'amore in 2012, and Eugene Onegin in 2013. Her performance as Lady Macbeth in the Metropolitan's 2014 fall season's production of Macbeth, a revival of Adrian Noble's 2007 production, drew critical praise and demonstrated her voice is still expanding in range and volume. She continued her expansion into heavier Verdi roles at the Met the following year, singing the role of Leonora in Il trovatore to acclaim from both critics and audiences.
Netrebko performed the Olympic Anthem at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, near her native Krasnodar. In December 2014, she posed alongside Oleg Tsaryov with a flag of Novorossiya (a self-proclaimed confederation in Ukraine) and gave a $19,000 cheque to Tsarov saying she was donating to the Donetsk opera and ballet theatre. Tsarov is one of the individuals sanctioned by the European Union for his role in the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine. Netrebko said in a statement "I want to make clear, however, that this donation is not a political act".
In April 2016, Netrebko announced her withdrawal from productions of Bellini's Norma at the Royal Opera House's 2016/17 season and the Metropolitan Opera's 2017/18 season due to the change in her voice. The vacancies were filled by Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva and American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky respectively.
She made several role debuts in 2017, including the title role of Adriana Lecouvreur at Mariinsky Theatre in June, the title role of Aida at Salzburg Festival in August, and Maddalena in Andrea Chénier at La Scala in December. In 2018, she debuted as Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera in April and performed at the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn in June.
In March 2006, Netrebko applied to become an Austrian citizen, receiving her citizenship in late July. 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.
In April 2008, Netrebko announced that she and Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott had married; however, their wedding never in fact took place. Their son, officially named Tiago Netrebko, was born on 5 September 2008 in Vienna and is an Austrian citizen. In November 2013 the couple announced their separation, after several months of largely separate lives. Tiago, who is mildly autistic, lives exclusively with her.
In February 2014 during rehearsals for a staging of Manon Lescaut in Rome, Netrebko began a relationship with her co-star in that opera, the Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov. Five months later the couple announced their engagement. In July 2015 they said they would wed in Vienna. Eyvazov was born in 1977 in Algiers, Algeria, the son of an Azerbaijani university professor working abroad. Netrebko and Eyvazov were married on 29 December 2015, at the Palais Coburg in Vienna with 180 guests in attendance, including tenor Plácido Domingo. Netrebko has an apartment in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River.
Recognition and awards
In 2004, she was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation. Time magazine placed her on its Time 100 list in 2007. 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. In February 2017, the Austrian government named her Kammersängerin. Asteroid 31104 Annanetrebko was named in her honor. The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 31 January 2018 (M.P.C. 108697). In May 2018, she received the Order of Friendship from the Azerbaijani president.
Complete opera video recordings
Complete opera audio recordings
Recital discs, concerts and highlights
- 2003: Opera Arias
- 2004: The Woman – The Voice DVD
- 2004: Sempre Libera
- 2005: Gala Concert from St. Petersburg DVD
- 2006: The Berlin Concert – Live from the Waldbühne DVD (with Rolando Villazón and Plácido Domingo)
- 2006: The Mozart Album, with Thomas Quasthoff, Bryn Terfel, Elīna Garanča, and René Pape
- 2006: Violetta: Arias and Duets from Verdi's La Traviata, with Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson (CD/DVD)
- 2007: Opera
- 2007: Duets, with Rolando Villazón
- 2007: Russian Album
- 2008: Puccini Gold (compilation)
- 2008: The Opera Gala – Live from Baden-Baden DVD
- 2008: Souvenirs
- 2008: A Mozart Gala from Salzburg, with Thomas Hampson, et al.; recorded 2006 (DVD)
- 2008: La nozze di Figaro – Highlights
- 2009: Puccini: La Bohème (Soundtrack Highlights)
- 2010: In the Still of Night
- 2010: Rossini: Stabat Mater
- 2010: Prima Donna – First Ladies of Opera (compilation)
- 2011: Anna Netrebko: Live at the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Grammophon
- 2011: Stabat Mater – A Tribute to Pergolesi (CD/DVD)
- 2013: Verdi
- 2013: Live from Red Square Moscow DVD (with Dmitri Hvorostovsky)
- 2014: Four Last Songs (Richard Strauss), Daniel Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin, Deutsche Grammophon Cat. 0289 479 3964
- 2016: Verismo, with Yusif Eyvazov; Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano, Deutsche Grammophon (CD/LP) Cat. 0289 479 5015 8
- 2017: Romanza, with Yusif Eyvazov; Deutsche Grammophon
- 2018: Diva - The Very Best of Anna Netrebko; Deutsche Grammophon
|Adriana Lecouvreur||Cilea||Adriana Lecouvreur|
|Anna Bolena||Donizetti||Anna Bolena|
|Antonia||Offenbach||Les contes d'Hoffmann|
|Antonida||Glinka||A Life for the Tsar|
|Donna Anna||Mozart||Don Giovanni|
|Giulietta||Bellini||I Capuleti e i Montecchi|
|Juliette||Gounod||Roméo et Juliette|
|Königin der Nacht||Mozart||Die Zauberflöte|
|Louisa||Prokofiev||Betrothal in a Monastery|
|Lucia||Donizetti||Lucia di Lammermoor|
|Lyudmila||Glinka||Ruslan and Lyudmila|
|Maddalena de Coigny||Giordano||Andrea Chénier|
|Manon Lescaut||Puccini||Manon Lescaut|
|Marfa||Rimsky-Korsakov||The Tsar's Bride|
|Natasha||Prokofiev||War and Peace|
|Ninetta||Prokofiev||The Love for Three Oranges|
|Rosina||Rossini||Il barbiere di Siviglia|
|Servilia||Mozart||La clemenza di Tito|
|Susanna||Mozart||Le nozze di Figaro|
|Sylva Varescu[n 1]||Kálmán||Die Csárdásfürstin|
- Concert performance
- 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
- Melissa Whitworth (19 February 2006). "Cinderella Soprano". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- Jessica Duchen (6 November 2006). "Anna Netrebko: A rare jewel from the East". The Independent. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- Agelet de Saracibar, Carlos; "Anna Netrebko Performance Database" ANPD September 2011
- "Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott will give a concert tour to Ukraine..." Classissima, 29 October 2010
- Peter Culshaw (26 October 2006). "Justin Timberlake is too young for me". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- Stuart Jeffries (25 April 2008). "'I conquered the critics'". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Russian Soprano Debuts at Carnegie Hall". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. 30 May 2007. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008.
- "Last Night of the Proms: program". BBC. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- "Opera singer Anna Netrebko is ambassador for SOS Children's Villages Austria - SOS Children's Villages International". Sos-childrensvillages.org. 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
- Stolyarova, Galina. "Mariinsky Diva Back With New Production." The St. Petersburg Times. (16 January 2009) Retrieved 9 February 2009
- Ross, Alex (20 October 2014). "Sound And Fury". The New Yorker. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- Tanner, Michael (1 November 2014). "Met Opera Live's Macbeth: Netrebko's singing stirred almost as much as her décolletage". spectator.co.uk. The Spectator. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- Jorden, James (2015-09-30). "The Met's Triumphant Il Trovatore Is a Return to Opera's Golden Age". New York Observer. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- Tommasini, Anthony. "Review: Il Trovatore and Anna Bolena Showcase Courage and Command at the Met". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
- David Ng (7 February 2014). "Sochi Olympics: Anna Netrebko performs at the opening ceremony". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
- "Russian soprano Netrebko helps theatre in rebel Ukraine". BBC News. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
- "Russia's Netrebko sparks controversy with donation to separatist region". GlobalPost. Agence France-Presse. 8 December 2014. Archived from the original on 9 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
- "Opera Star Under Fire For Backing Ukraine Separatists". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
- "Cast change: Anna Netrebko to withdraw from Norma". Royal Opera House. 26 April 2016.
- "Royal Opera House 'frustration' as Anna Netrebko cancels Norma". The Daily Telegraph. 26 April 2016.
- "Soprano Anna Netrebko withdraws from Royal Opera's Norma". The Guardian. 26 April 2016.
- "Anna Netrebko Pulls Out of 'Norma' Productions". The New York Times. 26 April 2016.
- "Sondra Radvanovsky to Replace Anna Netrebko as Norma". WQXR. 3 May 2016.
- "Sonya Yoncheva replaces Netrebko as Norma". International Arts Manager. 4 May 2016.
- "Superstar Anna Netrebko's decision not to sing Norma causes soprano merry-go-round". South China Morning Post. 5 May 2016.
- "Netrebko takes on Adriana Lecouvreur at the Mariinsky". bachtrack. 19 June 2017.
- "Примадонна с ядовитыми фиалками: Анна Нетребко спела в опере «Адриана Лекуврер»". lenta.ru (in Russian). 25 June 2017.
- "Review: Anna Netrebko Sings Her First 'Aida' in Salzburg". The New York Times. 7 August 2017.
- "Long-neglected 'Chenier' makes heroic return to La Scala (corrected)". Chicago Tribune. 9 December 2017.
- Anthony Tommasini (22 April 2018). "Review: Anna Netrebko Emerges as a Powerful New Tosca at the Met". The New York Times.
- "Anna Netrebko schwebt und betet in Schönbrunn". Die Presse (in German). 1 June 2018.
- ORF.at, 26 July 2006. (in German, Google translation)
- "Galina Stolyarova, "National Treasure"". The Moscow Times. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- Jeffries, Stuart. "I conquered the critics." The Guardian. 26 April 2008 (Retrieved 9 February 2009)
- Finn, Robin. "Breakfast Eggs (15 Ways) by a Soprano" The New York Times. (14 January 2011) Retrieved 24 August 2012
- "Anna Netrebko brachte Buben zur Welt" (in German). ORF. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2008.
- "Famous Opera Singers Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott End Romantic Relationship" Archived 30 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine., AP in The Huffington Post, 25 November 2013
- Netrebko/Eyvazov announcement, Facebook, 10 July 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014
- Susanne Zobl (2015-07-10). "Das ist Anna Netrebkos Freund Yusif Eyvazov". News.at. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
- "Opera star Anna Netrebko marries in splendor", Deutsche Welle, 29 December 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2016]
- "Anna Netrebko Decorates" by Joanne Kaufman, The New York Times, 24 January 2014
- Smith, Crystal. "Irina Vitjaz to Debut Brand During New York Fashion Week". StyleFT. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- Porterfield, Christopher (3 May 2007). "Anna Netrebko". Time. Archived from the original on 13 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
- Elliott, Susan (6 November 2007). "Musical America Announces 2008 Awards". Musical America. Retrieved 7 January 2008. (Subscription required (help)).
- "Netrebko zur Kammersängerin ernannt", Süddeutsche Zeitung via dpa, 16 February 2017 (in German)
- "31104 Annanetrebko (1997 OK2)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
- "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
- "Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov Recieve[sic] Awards in Azerbaijan". OperaWire. 14 May 2018.
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- Interview with Anna Netrebko on Opera Lively
- Anna Netrebko on IMDb
- Anna Netrebko on YouTube
- Interview with Anna Netrebko, Stephen Costello, Peter Gelb on Anna Bolena, Charlie Rose, 10 October 2011