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Anna Netrebko: ‘La Dolce Diva’

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World’s Top Soprano – Live in Tokyo!

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Not an opera fan yet?  In that case, you may want to check out this story and the YouTube Links below – to make sure you are not missing out on something truly attractive.  This highly talented and good looking soprano may just be the one who could turn you into an opera lover overnight…..

For those of you who are already opera fans, the live September 2010 performances by Anna Netrebko in Tokyo may be THE opera event of the year in Japan. Anna Netrebko is visiting Japan as part of a tour by one of the world’s leading opera houses – The Royal Opera House (ROH), Covent Garden, London.  This will be the ROH’s first tour of Japan in 10 years – itself a cause for celebration and an additional attraction of this unique opportunity.

The chorus and orchestra of ROH will be conducted by one of the leading contemporary  ‘maestros’ on the international stage – Antonio Pappano – who despite his name is British,  albeit with Italian roots. Anna Netrebko will be starring in the title role of Massenet’s opera ‘Manon’ at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall on September 11, 14, 17, 20 .  All the performances are sold out…. except a few tickets at the highest price bracket (USD550).    Take a look at the YouTube link below for a sampler of Netrebko’s great voice and photogenic looks.  Here she performs the famous and beautiful aria ‘Rusalka’s Song to the Moon’ – from Dvorak’s opera ‘Rusalka’. YouTube Preview Image

Brief Bio: Born in Krasnodar, Russia, on September 18, 1971 there is a touch of a ‘Cinderella’ story to Netrebko’s opera career.  As a music student in St. Petersburg, she was apparently scrubbing the floors at the famed Mariinsky Theatre to help pay her studies,  before successfully auditioning for Valery Gergiev – then principal conductor of the Mariinsky Opera and now a world star himself.  Gergiev became an early and key mentor, helping to guide and promote her to becoming the great opera singer she now is.  Her first debut performance was in St.Petersburg in 1993. Since debuting at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 2002, Netrebko has become one of opera’s biggest attractions and the unofficial ‘Queen of Opera’. There is no shortage of superlatives used about her and she has collected an impressive range of accolades over the years.

Official Web Site: 6 ‘Must Know’ Facts about Anna Netrebko:

  • 1st opera singer to make the TIME 100 list of world’s most influential people
  • ‘Musician of the Year 2008 ’ by Musical America.
  • ‘Female Artist of the Year 2008’ in the UK.
  • 2004: Her first DVD – ‘The Woman, The Voice’ – outsold Britney Spears and Beyonces Knowles (!)
  • ‘Best Music DVD of the Year 2008’, for Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’.
  • ‘Opera Recording of the Year 2009’, for Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ (with tenor Rolando Villazon).

Most Enthusiastic Fan: Fans of Anna Netrebko are numerous around the globe but THE ultimate fan – anywhere in the world – must be Carlos from Barcelona, Spain!

Carlos & Anna Netrebko

Carlos has created a Web site totally dedicated to this star soprano, with an enormous wealth of information about her:  As an illustration of his passion and dedication, on this site you will find a complete list of all her performances back to her first opening concert in St.Petersburg in 1993!  The list is more than 50 pages long….. And that is just the beginning.  You will find a complete list of all awards and prizes she has received, all opera houses, concert halls and other venues where she has performed.  Even an attempt to list all the hotels and restaurants she has visited…. Although for the latter, he has clearly given up – at least for now… –  as the list seems far too short!

One Response to “Anna Netrebko: ‘La Dolce Diva’”

  1. Carlos says:

    Greetings from Barcelona ;)) I have just now seen the post. Thanks for your kind words about the blogsite.

    I am sure that this ROH Tour to Japan with Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani in the leading roles of Manon and Antonio Pappano conducting, will be great.

    And the next year it will be the turn to the Met Tour to Japan with a number of fantastic performances, including La Bohème with Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja/Piotr Beczala alternating as Rodolfo with James Levine conducting.