Thursday, February 7, 2008

Anna Netrebko

My other new crush is singer extraordinaire Anna Yur'yevna Netrebko (Russian: Анна Юрьевна Нетребко), (born 18 September 1971 in Krasnodar, Russia) is a Russian-Austrian operatic soprano.

In 1995, the 24-year-old Netrebko made her American debut as Lyudmila in Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila at the San Francisco Opera. Following this successful performance, she became a frequent guest singer in San Francisco. She is known as an acclaimed interpreter of other Russian operatic roles, such as Natasha in Prokofiev's War and Peace, Louisa in his Betrothal in a Monastery and Marfa in The Tsar's Bride. Netrebko has also made successful forays into bel canto and romantic roles such as Gilda in Rigoletto, Musetta in La Bohème, Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and Elvira in Bellini's I Puritani.

In 2002, Netrebko made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Natasha in the Met premiere of War and Peace. In the same year, she sang her first Donna Anna at the Salzburg Festival's production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.She also performed at the Russian Children's Welfare Society's major fundraiser, the "Petroushka Ball". She returned to the ball in 2003 and 2006 and is an honorary director of the charity.

In 2003 Netrebko performed as Violetta in Verdi's La traviata in Munich, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Los Angeles Opera, and Donna Anna at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her second album, Sempre Libera, was released the following year. She sang a highly regarded Roméo et Juliette with Rolando Villazón, with whom she also performed in L'Elisir d'Amore in 2005. She later appeared as Violetta Valéry in La traviata at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, again with Villazón.

On May 30, 2007, Netrebko made her Carnegie Hall debut with Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Originally scheduled for March 2, 2006, Netrebko postponed the recital because she did not feel artistically ready. In September and December of 2007 Netrebko reprised her role as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera with Roberto Alagna. Her run will include the annual New Year's Eve Gala and will be conducted by Plácido Domingo. She also performed at the Last Night of the Proms on 8 September 2007.

Time Magazine placed her on its Time 100 list in 2007. She was identified by the journal Musical America as “a genuine superstar for the 21st century” and was named 'Musician of the Year' for 2008.

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