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Anna Netrebko

  • Soprano

Biography

Anna Netrebko: Since her triumphant Salzburg Festival debut in 2002 as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Anna Netrebko has gone on to appear with nearly all of the world’s great opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Berlin State Opera, and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera. She frequently returns to the Kirov Opera at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg (where she made her stage debut as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro) to collaborate with her longtime mentor, conductor Valery Gergiev. Her other signature roles include Mimì in Puccini’s La bohème; Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata; Giulietta in Bellini’sI Capuleti e i Montecchi, Elvira in his I puritani, and Amina in his La sonnambula; Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni; Norina in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Adina in his L’elisir d’amore, and the title roles in his Lucia di Lammermoor and Anna Bolena; the title role in Massenet’s Manon; Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; and the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta.

Netrebko also appears extensively in concerts throughout the world, both in revered music venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and in arenas in front of tens of thousands of people, often alongside her real-life partner, bass-baritone Erwin Schrott. Her outdoor concerts at Berlin’s Waldbühne and at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, where she has shared the stage with artists such as Plácido Domingo, are often internationally televised events. She is a fixture at the Salzburg Festival and has headlined the famous Last Night of the BBC Proms in London. Netrebko also frequently appears in recital with the world’s leading artists, including Daniel Barenboim.

In September 2012 Anna Netrebko returned to the Metropolitan Opera, where she made her debut in 2002 as Natasha in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, to headline her second consecutive season opening night gala. After her star turn in 2011 as the tragic title character in the Met premiere of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, she opened the house’s 2012-13 season as the irresistible Adina in Donizetti’s comic gem, L’elisir d’amore, in a new staging by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher. Following her successful La Scala debut in Don Giovanni in 2011, she returned to famed theater in October 2012 with her signature portrayal of the ill-fated Mimì in La bohème. The role will also be the vehicle for her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in March 2013 in a new-to-the-house production of the Puccini opera. Other highlights of the soprano’s exciting 2012-13 season include a European concert tour in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s rarely-heard one-act opera Iolanta in November, and her role debut as Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in her return to the Vienna State Opera.