Thursday, September 29, 2016
Netrebko/Pappano/Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Deutsche Grammophon)The cover photo is baffling, given that “verismo” might be translated as “realism”: gold-headdressed bird goddesses don’t feature much in the sensationalised “real life” of that strand of turn-of-the-20th-century Italian opera. Yet Anna Netrebko has surely earned some sartorial indulgence. Extracts from 10 operas show her voice reaching an exciting maturity, its increased weight matched by even more gleam, fizz and expressive projection. She has yet to sing most of these roles on stage, but inhabits them convincingly, though consonants are rarely a priority: her Madam Butterfly sounds aptly aged by sorrow, her Turandot impassioned and imperious, her Adriana Lecouvreur radiantly self-assured. For the final act of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut she is joined by her husband, Yusif Eyvazov, a good tenor who has married well. Antonio Pappano is, as ever, the ideal supportive conductor, and the orchestra plays as if it loves Netrebko’s every note. Continue reading...
Neither has ever sung in a staged opera in Moscow. That’s about to change. Anna Netrebko will open in Manon Lescat at the Bolshoi in October 16. Dmitri Hvorostovsky will appear in Don Carlos in December. The Bolshoi chief Vladimir Urin has said that other world-renowned Russian singers are planning to work with the company, a sure sign of its revival. Expec appearances from Hibla Gerzmava, Ildar Abdrazakov, Olga Peretyatko and Ekaterina Gubanova.
The public audit of the Opéra de Paris has revealsed that the upper echelon of opera stars are paid €15,000 a night, which is pretty much the norm at major international houses. But a coveted few, such as Anna Netrebko and the German tenor Kaufmann are paid an extra fee – not disclosed – to ensure that they attend rehearsals. Can this really be so?
Anna Netrebko started the trend. Now her label-sister Anne-Sophie Mutter follows suit: I’d like to invite you all to join me in the creation process of my upcoming album on Deutsche Grammophon . I’ve come up with a track list and a title. Now I’d be thrilled if I could open up the floor to you for the album cover design. Join the contest on 99designs !
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