Thursday, July 28, 2016
The opera “Don Giovanni” by Mozart is one of my great favorites. When you get to enjoy it as sung by Anna Netrebko, one can just imagine the fireworks… Mozart: Don Giovanni, K527 Performed by Erwin Schrott (as Don Giovanni), Anna Netrebko (Donna Anna), Luca Pisaroni (Leporello), Malena Ernman (Donna Elvira), Charles Castronovo (Don Ottavio), Katija Dragojevic (Zerlina), Jonathan Lemalu (Masetto), Mario Luperi (Commendatore), and the Balthasar-Neumann-Orchestra, Balthasar-Neumann-Choir, Thomas Hengelbrock conducting. This is a llive recording of Don Giovanni from the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany. Opera Today wrote that “Schrott creates Don Giovanni in all his malevolent glory — virile, confident, arrogant. He is bursting with animal sexuality, yet manages to hint at the manic obsession that drives the character. Stunning.” Here for your own enjoyment is a recording of the opera from La Scala Milan, under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. (Recording starts with the Italian National Anthem):
It’s a verismo album and she’s apparently not satisfied with this concept put up by DG and her design teams: (You can see why.) The album is due for release in September but there’s still time to change the artwork. So the diva has put out a public appeal for fresh cover ideas. On a postcard, please. Here’s the brief. Post your design proposals below as Comments and we’ll forward them to the team.
The Russian diva has told the Met she won’t sing three of the eight Manon Lescauts she has agreed to next season. The reason? ‘In order to conserve her vocal energies’. Gelb has got Kristina Opolais to cover, which is fine, but Trebs can now do as she like at the Met. Gelb is in no position to deny any of her whims. Netrebko tweeted: ‘Life is pretty good right now.’ Rudolf Bing would be horrified.
First review of last night’s Manon Lescaut, set by director Robert Carsen in a shopping mall, depicts Anna as a dedicated Shopping Queen. Don’t they know she never shops in malls? She does her shopping at Chopard. Review here.
Anna Netrebko has been one of my favorite singers not only because of her amazing voice. What I also admire are her great stage presence, her sense of humor, and her terrific adherence to interpretive excellence. Now Ms. Netrebko will soon be out with a new recording that looks like this: The meaning of Verismo in Opera relates to drawing its themes from real life, and emphasizing natural elements. Its chief exponent was Giacomo Puccini. Here is Ms. Netrebko in a well known scene from “La Traviata”:
Great opera singers