Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The Met got into a panic when Kristine Opolais pulled out of its new David McVicar production of Tosca, opening on New Year’s Day. So it begged Vienna for the loan of Yoncheva, because no other big soprano will do. And Vienna graciously obliged ‘as an act of solidarity and collegiality to the Metropolitan Opera.’ Two questions: what’s in it for Vienna? And would the Met have been as gracious and collegial if, say, Vienna asked for the releae of Netrebko? Here’s Vienna’s press release: The management of the Wiener Staatsoper has released soprano Sonya Yoncheva from her contract for three performances of Faust in January/February 2018 as an act of solidarity and collegiality to the Metropolitan Opera in order to enable her to take over the premiere and long run of performances of Tosca in New York. The artist will instead return to the Vienna State Opera as Tosca in the 2019/2020 season. Sonya Yoncheva will be replaced by Anita Hartig as Marguerite on January 25th, 28th, and February 2nd, 2018. She in turn will be replaced by Olga Bezsmertna as Micaëla in Carmen on January 23rd, 26th and 29th January.
We reported exclusively that Anna Netrebko has skipped her last Eugene Onegin in Paris to attend the inauguration of Valery Gergiev’s private concert hall on the outskirts of St Petersburg. A Russian website, dp.ru, has a picture of Netrebko toasting her mentor at the opening. Among other celebrities in attendance were the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the former russian finance minister Alexei Kudrin (he’s chair of the Mariinsky board) and the conductor Mariss Jansons.
Soprano Anna Netrebko is one of my favorite singers, because of her fine voice, her great stage presence, and her sense of humor. Now… have a look at a fine recording in which she stars: Puccini: Manon Lescaut With the following singers: Anna Netrebko (Manon Lescaut), Yusif Eyvazov (Des Grieux), Armando Piña (Lescaut), Carlos Chausson (Geronte), Benjamin Bernheim (Edmondo), and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Marco Armiliato conducting. This outstanding concert performance of Manon Lescaut with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov was the absolute highlight of the 2016 Salzburg Festival – a moment of operatic glory, captured live for this unique release. Anna Netrebko excelled with the perfection of her exceptional voice, her unrivaled interpretation and her devotion to this very part – she is the Manon Lescaut of our time. While Verismo already features the aria “In quelle trine morbide” and the fourth act of Manon Lescaut in a breathtaking studio-version, documenting her great passion to this work, the complete recording of Manon Lescaut will be a great addition to Anna’s fans and opera lovers alike. It has also been a matter of personal importance and dedication for Anna Netrebko to document this work in its entirety. BBC Music Magazine wrote the following: “Netrebko’s Manon soars over the rest of the cast, framed attentively, eloquently and imaginatively by Marco Armiliato and the Munich Radio Orchestra. It’s a riveting, sometimes wayward performance that fails to sound remotely girlish in Act I but captures perfectly the greed, impetuousness, self-destructiveness and lust for life in Acts II and III, with a full-throated, full-hearted account of ‘Sola, perduta, abbandonata’” Here is Anna Netrebko in a brief scene from Manon Lescaut:
Soprano Anna Netrebko will appear in a concert on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Here are some details, although the program is not yet announced: Performers: ANNA NETREBKO AND YUSIF EYVAZOV Venue: Starlite auditorium, Marbella, Spain Time: 22:30 Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, 22:30 The image of Ms. Netrebko is from a few years ago, standing on the Kapuzinerberg, overlooking Salzburg, Austria.
Reporter Michael Cooper talks to Tim Guscott, chief follow-spot operator, who says "It's really hard to follow something no bigger than a basketball that's 135 feet away." (He's referring to Anna Netrebko's head.)
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