Anna Netrebko

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Yuryevna and the family name is Netrebko.
Anna Netrebko
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Anna Netrebko at Romy awards in 2013
(Hofburg Palace in Vienna)
Born Anna Yuryevna Netrebko
(1971-09-18) 18 September 1971 (age 43)
Krasnodar, Soviet Union
Occupation Opera singer (soprano)
Years active 1993–present
Awards Narodniy artist.jpg RusStatePrize.jpg
Website annanetrebko.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, Austria and in New York City.

Biography and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

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 theatre. 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.[4][5] 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.

2000s[edit]

In 2002, Netrebko made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Natasha in the Met premiere of War and Peace.[6] 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,[7] 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 famous aria, "Sempre Libera", onscreen in 2004, when she briefly played herself in the movie The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Netrebko as Leonora in Alvis Hermanis's production of Il trovatore at the Salzburg Festival 2014

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.[8] 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).[9] 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 Village in Austria, and be a sponsor for the Tomilino village in Russia.[10]

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.[11] 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.

2010s[edit]

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.[12][13]

Netrebko performed the olympic anthem at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, near her native Krasnodar.[14] In December 2014, she posed alongside Oleg Tsarov 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.[15][16] Tsarov is one of the individuals sanctioned by the European Union for his role in the 2014 pro-Russian unrest in Ukraine.[17] Netrebko said in a statement "I want to make clear, however, that this donation is not a political act".[17]

Personal life[edit]

Netrebko at the Mariinsky Theatre after receiving the honorary title of People's Artist of Russia in 2008

In March 2006, Netrebko applied to become an Austrian citizen, receiving her citizenship in late July.[18] 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.[19]

In April 2008, Netrebko announced that she and Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott had married;[20] however, their wedding never in fact took place.[21] Their son, officially named Tiago Netrebko, was born on 5 September 2008[22] in Vienna and is an Austrian citizen. His mother said in a Russian TV interview in November 2013 that his parents wish to change his name. In November 2013 the couple announced their separation,[23] after several months of largely separate lives. Tiago, who is mildly autistic, lives exclusively with her.

In February 2014 in 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 (az). Five months later the couple announced their engagement.[24] 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.[25]

Recognition and awards[edit]

In 2004, she was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation.[26] Time magazine placed her on its Time 100 list in 2007.[27] 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.[28] She has also been described by Associated Press as "the reigning new diva of the 21st century", and Playboy magazine placed her on its "sexiest babes of classical music" list.[29]

Discography[edit]

Complete opera video recordings[edit]

# Recording
year
Opera Cast Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Release
year
Label
1 1995 Glinka
Ruslan and Lyudmila
Anna Netrebko
Vladimir Ognovenko
Larissa Diadkova
Gennady Bezzubenkov
Galina Gorchakova
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2003 Philips
2 1998 Prokofiev
Betrothal in a Monastery
Anna Netrebko
Larissa Diadkova
Nikolai Gassiev
Aleksander Gergalov
Sergei Aleksashkin
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2005 Philips
3 2005 Verdi
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)
2006 Deutsche Grammophon
4 2005 Donizetti
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
2007 Virgin Classics
5 2006 Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Anna Netrebko
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Bo Skovhus
Dorothea Röschmann
Christine Schäfer
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera chorus
2007 Deutsche Grammophon
6 2007 Bellini
I puritani
Anna Netrebko
Eduardo Valdes
Franco Vasallo
John Relyea
Eric Cutler
Patrick Summers
Metropolitan Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2008 Deutsche Grammophon
7 2007 Massenet
Manon
Anna Netrebko
Rolando Villazón
Christof Fischesser
Alfredo Daza
Rémy Coraza
Daniel Barenboim
Staatskapelle Berlin and Berlin State Opera chorus
2008 Deutsche Grammophon
8 2008 Puccini
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
2009 Axiom Films
9 2009 Donizetti
Lucia di Lammermoor
Anna Netrebko
Mariusz Kwiecień
Piotr Beczała
Colin Lee
Ildar Abdrazakov
Marco Armiliato
Metropolitan Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2009 Deutsche Grammophon
10 2010 Donizetti
Don Pasquale
Anna Netrebko
Mariusz Kwiecień
Matthew Polenzani
John del Carlo
Bernard Fitch
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra and chorus
2011 Deutsche Grammophon
11 2011 Donizetti
Anna Bolena
Anna Netrebko
Elīna Garanča
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Elisabeth Kulman
Francesco Meli
Evelino Pidò
Vienna State Opera orchestra and chorus
2011 Deutsche Grammophon
12 2012 Puccini
La bohème
Anna Netrebko
Piotr Beczała
Massimo Cavalletti
Nino Machaidze
Alessio Arduini
Daniele Gatti
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera chorus
2012 Deutsche Grammophon
13 2013 Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin
Anna Netrebko
Piotr Beczała
Mariusz Kwiecień
Valery Gergiev
Metropolitan Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2014 Deutsche Grammophon
14 2013 Verdi
Il trovatore
Anna Netrebko
Plácido Domingo
Gaston Rivero
Daniel Barenboim
Staatskapelle Berlin
2014 Deutsche Grammophon

Complete opera audio recordings[edit]

# Recording
year
Opera Cast Conductor,
Opera house and orchestra
Release
year
Label
1 1995 Glinka
Ruslan and Lyudmila
Anna Netrebko
Vladimir Ognovenko
Larissa Diadkova
Gennady Bezzubenkov
Galina Gorchakova
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2003 Philips
2 1997 Prokofiev
The Love for Three Oranges
Anna Netrebko
Larissa Diadkova
Mikhail Kit
Evgeny Akimov
Alexander Morozov
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
2001 Philips
3 1998 Prokofiev
Betrothal in a Monastery
Anna Netrebko
Larissa Diadkova
Nikolai Gassiev
Aleksander Gergalov
Sergei Aleksashkin
Valery Gergiev
Kirov Opera orchestra, chorus and ballet
1999 Philips
4 2005 Verdi
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)
2006 Deutsche Grammophon
5 2006 Mozart
Le nozze di Figaro
Anna Netrebko
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Bo Skovhus
Dorothea Röschmann
Christine Schäfer
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera chorus
2007 Deutsche Grammophon
6 2007 Puccini
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
2008 Deutsche Grammophon
7 2008 Bellini
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Anna Netrebko
Elīna Garanča
Joseph Calleja
Robert Gleadow
Tiziano Bracci
Fabio Luisi
Vienna Symphony and the Wiener Singakademie
2009 Deutsche Grammophon
8 2012 Tchaikovsky
Iolanta
Anna Netrebko
Sergey Skorokhodov
Alexey Markov
Vitalij Kowaljow
Emmanuel Villaume
Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra
2015 Deutsche Grammophon
9 2013 Verdi
Giovanna d'Arco
Anna Netrebko
Plácido Domingo
Francesco Meli
Paolo Carignani
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
2014 Deutsche Grammophon

Recital discs, concerts and highlights[edit]

  • 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: Violeta: arias & duets from Verdi's La Traviata (CD/DVD)
  • 2007: Opera
  • 2007: Duets (with Rolando Villazon)
  • 2007: Russian Album
  • 2008: Puccini Gold (compilation)
  • 2008: The Opera Gala – Live from Baden-Baden DVD
  • 2008: Souvenirs
  • 2008: A Mozart Gala from Salzburg DVD (with Thomas Hampson, et al.; recorded 2006)
  • 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[30]

Repertory[edit]

Role Composer Opera
Adina Donizetti L'elisir d'amore
Amina Bellini La sonnambula
Anna Bolena Donizetti Anna Bolena
Antonia Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann
Antonida Glinka A Life for the Tsar
Donna Anna Mozart Don Giovanni
Desdemona1 Verdi Otello 1
Elvira Bellini I puritani
Gilda Verdi Rigoletto
Giovanna1 Verdi Giovanna d'Arco 1
Giulietta Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi
Ilia Mozart Idomeneo
Iolanta Tchaikovsky Iolanta
Juliette Gounod Roméo et Juliette
Königin der Nacht Mozart Die Zauberflöte
Lady Macbeth Verdi Macbeth
Leonora Verdi Il trovatore
Louisa Prokofiev Betrothal in a Monastery
Lucia Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor
Lyudmila Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila
Manon Massenet Manon
Manon Puccini Manon Lescaut
Marfa Rimsky-Korsakov The Tsar's Bride
Micaëla Bizet Carmen
Mimì Puccini La bohème
Musetta Puccini La bohème
Natasha Prokofiev War and Peace
Norina Donizetti Don Pasquale
Pamina Mozart Die Zauberflöte
Rosina Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia
Servilia Mozart La clemenza di Tito
Susanna Mozart Le nozze di Figaro
Sylva1 Kálmán Die Csárdásfürstin (Sylva) 1
Tatiana Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin
Violetta Verdi La traviata
Xenia Mussorgsky Boris Godunov
Zerlina Mozart Don Giovanni
  • 1 Concert performance of the opera/operetta

References[edit]

  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. ^ Culture (19 February 2006). "Melissa Whitworth, "Cinderella Soprano"". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jessica Duchen, " Anna Netrebko: A rare jewel from the East". The Independent. 6 November 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Agelet de Saracibar, Carlos; "Anna Netrebko Performance Database" ANPD September 2011
  5. ^ "Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott will give a concert tour to Ukraine..." Classissima, 29 October 2010
  6. ^ Opera (26 October 2006). "Peter Culshaw, "'Justin Timberlake is too young for me'"". The Telegraph. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Stuart Jeffries (25 April 2008). "'I conquered the critics'". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Russian Soprano Debuts at Carnegie Hall". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. 30 May 2007. Archived from the original on 10 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Last Night of the Proms: program". BBC. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Anna Netrebko profile, SOS Children's Villages
  11. ^ Stolyarova, Galina. "Mariinsky Diva Back With New Production." The St. Petersburg Times. (16 January 2009) Retrieved 9 February 2009
  12. ^ Ross, Alex (20 October 2014). "Sound And Fury". The New Yorker. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ David Ng (7 February 2014). "Sochi Olympics: Anna Netrebko performs at the opening ceremony". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Russian soprano Netrebko helps theatre in rebel Ukraine". BBC News. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Russia's Netrebko sparks controversy with donation to separatist region". GlobalPost. Agence France-Presse. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Opera Star Under Fire For Backing Ukraine Separatists". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  18. ^ ORF.at, 26 July 2006. (in German, Google translation)
  19. ^ "Galina Stolyarova, "National Treasure"". The Moscow Times. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  20. ^ Jeffries, Stuart. "I conquered the critics." The Guardian. 26 April 2008 (Retrieved 9 February 2009)
  21. ^ Finn, Robin. "Breakfast Eggs (15 Ways) by a Soprano" The New York Times. (14 January 2011) Retrieved 24 August 2012
  22. ^ "Anna Netrebko brachte Buben zur Welt" (in German). ORF. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2008. 
  23. ^ "Famous Opera Singers Anna Netrebko and Erwin Schrott End Romantic Relationship", AP in The Huffington Post, 25 November 2013
  24. ^ Netrebko/Eyvazov announcement, Facebook, 10 July 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2014
  25. ^ http://www.news.at/a/anna-netrebko-freund-yusif-eyvazov
  26. ^ УКАЗ Президента РФ от 06.06.2005 N 641 Президент России
  27. ^ Porterfield, Christopher (3 May 2007). "Anna Netrebko". TIME. Archived from the original on 13 January 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2008. 
  28. ^ Elliott, Susan (6 November 2007). "Musical America Announces 2008 Awards". Musical America. Retrieved 7 January 2008. (subscription required (help)). 
  29. ^ [1][dead link]
  30. ^ Vier letzte Lieder, Netrebko, Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin (Deutsche Grammophon)

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